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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A war in which problems we considered big now are just plain stupid to think about. The war setting and story was perfectly serviceable, though not one that was particularly affecting or unusual. How I Live Now. View all 22 comments. Staying alive was what we did to pass the time. A war in which there is no oil and no electricity and no hospital. Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read? But for right now the writing style is annoying me, the characters are uninspiring, and the story feels entirely hollow.

The absence of details, while maintaining the terror of the unknown, was also counterproductive in establishing an authentic enemy.


I really love this book, but I wouldn’t recommend most people read the print book. A war in which soldiers milk cows.

Retrieved 6 August I must say I read the book because I loved the movie. The world has gone mad Okay, so now hoow either totally horrified or completely fascinated and want to know more.

My main emotional response a lot of the time was “So? Want to Read saving…. Loved, loved them both equally. Though billed as a book for older children, the novel is full of shocking events – underage sex, with a whiff of incest, appalling violence. Mar 17, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 23 comments.


She is a character we are permitted to see from many different angles – as hurt, but also cool, ironic, downbeat and superior; as an infuriating anorexic; and as resourceful, self-deprecating, funny and determined. I wrote everything down, at first in choppy fragments; a sentence here, a few words there, it was the most I could handle at the time.

She is a reminder that life persists even in epochs of death.

The most romantic part, the part with the traumatic past and its effect in a peaceful life. Fleeing a disinterested father, a wicked stepmother, and an eating disorder, year-old Daisy moves to England to live now her cousins on a farm. As she says, this sets the perfect scene for a sin to be committed. It’s a novel about how people change when faced with hardship and how people can come together in the oddest of ways.

Only the eldest goes to school and the other three, together with their cousin, enjoy their independent life without any adults telling them what to do.

One of the twins, Isaac, talks to animals; Piper, the girl, knows how to get honey from bees and watercress from a running river. Teens may feel that they have experienced a war themselves as they vicariously witness Daisy’s worst nightmares.

Hell, I’ve read my fair share of worst incestuous relationships. I was really disappointed. Daisy also begins a passionate, secret, relationship with Edmond–her cousin. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way. However, he eventually accepts her once again. Every now and again it surfaced, but mostly rodoff was rosotf heard at second or third hand.


But that then creates a very interesting situation of invader and occupier that is barely touched upon. She didn’t read like an actual teenager, she read like an old woman trying to conjure the rebellious youth of the day without actually knowing any actual youth and instead relying on stereotypes.

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

Meg Rosoff has oive an impressive novel about war, survival and teenage love. More By and About This Author. The Guardian 12 March I didn’t even care about the lack of quotation marks, something that would normally drive me totally bats.

Things Happen and once they start happening you pretty much just have to hold on for dear life and see where they drop you when they stop. Aunt Penn travels to Oslowhere she is stranded after war breaks out. When I go back over my writing now I can barely read it.

Jun 17, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing Shelves: So her cousins were misfits, being telepathic and the like – with so much potential between the war and England’s magic and mind powers, it’s no wonder I was expecting something with more oomph.