How I Live Now [Meg Rosoff] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Every war has turning points and every person too.” Fifteen-year-old Daisy. An English idyll explodes in Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now, a novel ostensibly written for children. Adults should read it too, says Geraldine. Elisabeth is a fifteen year-old girl who prefers to be called Daisy. Because of an emerging war her parents send her from New York to England.

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Sep 07, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: Okay, so now you’re either totally horrified or completely fascinated and want to know more.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff – review | Books | The Guardian

St John Rivers doesn’t count. View all 19 comments. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary.

This book is one of my favorites.


Because Daisy, who charmingly narrates her experiences during a world war, is no Teen Action Hero. Some reviews on Amazon suggested this book for readers age twelve and up.

Oh, did I forget to mention Daisy bow a psychic connection to the male cousin she’s in love with? But younger readers, with their relative lack of experience and greater insouciance, may well be less troubled by these things than the many adults who will also read the book. Check out a cool “trailer” for this Printz winner at Expanded Books: I read this book on accident.


I’d read Tatiana’s review so I should have been well prepared. Mar 17, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it it was ok Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Fuzaila and Ebony poppyyukia February The reason I did this was because directly after reading the book, like I’m talking mere seconds after finishing, I watched this movie. So definitely choose the audiobook, since these, ah, quirks aren’t as noticeable, especially since Kim Mai Guest does a brilliant job with it. Shipped off by her father to stay with cousins she’s never met in England, she’s not so far into herself that she doesn’t notice something a bit odd about them.

Weird but interesting enough and otherwise well written enough to keep my interest. I liked the style when rereading but many, many people did not. C I didn’t like this weird little book until about halfway through. I sincerely hope that people reading this book will start focusing on the beauty of the story–the prose, the characters, the structure which is at once remarkably simplistic and stunningly complex–and stop focusing on details rosovf are not entirely pertinent to the story at large.

At first Daisy and her cousins are unconcerned about the war.

How I Live Now

The narrator sounded too much like a teen I know, I know and I didn’t know what was going on. He’s a short little year old who was smoking a cigarette when they first met, and he seems to be able to read Daisy’s mind. Lake — In Darkness Things begin to look up for Daisy a narrator who is, at best, troubled in England as she gets to know her extended family and gets some distance from the negativity of her life in New York.


By “accident,” I don’t mean I mistakenly read a book instead when I thought I had been playing Plants vs. The farm becomes a sort of paradise for the children. But that then creates a very interesting situation of invader and occupier that is barely touched upon. Because the relationship didn’t feel real to me, not the way it was written and I’m not asking for graphic sex scenes, far from it!

Charming surrounding, extraordinarily charming nkw ohmigod Pip Well, it’s official – I am a total sucker for a stream-of-consciousness style narration. I mean, they’re modern day Brits! As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. So her cousins were misfits, being telepathic and the like – with gosoff much potential between the war and England’s magic and mind powers, it’s no wonder I was expecting something with more oomph. A new world war has started.

A war, survival, love, maturity I see this very often in YA these days and always hoow what is the purpose of such a creative choice? Finally, the Territorial Army comes and commandeers the house and land for their own use, and Daisy and Piper are sent to live with a Major’s wife whose son is fighting elsewhere.

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