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Reviewed by Kat Greffe for Readers' Favorite
What I Did by Kayla Krantz follows Jessica - a twenty-something serial killer and horror movie-obsessed agoraphobic. She musters up enough energy and mild interest to hold down a mediocre cashier job at a small grocery store. There she can count the number of ‘co-worker friends’ on one finger, Oscar. They have lunch together a few times a week, which is about all Jessica can handle in social interaction. As with any workplace, there is always a bully. Samuel is obsessed with antagonizing Jessica after the one single date they had. It gets weird and creepy before Jessica finally confides in her upstairs neighbor and friend, Keaton. One day while at work, like Jessica doesn’t have enough to deal with trying to be a little less antisocial, Oscar changes her life drastically. It is how Jessica reacts that changes her life moving forward.
Being that Kayla Krantz told this story in the first person, it gave me a greater appreciation of the carefully guarded world that Jessica had created for herself. However, honestly, I did not find Jessica to be as dark as I was expecting. The interactions Jessica had with each person in her small circle were interesting although not a great deal of depth was given to them. Each of them saw a different side of who she was. As the reader, however, you are the only one who gets to know the true Jessica. What I Did by Kayla Krantz was a quick easy read, moving forward at a good pace.