How I Live Now

How I Live Now Every war has turning points and every person too Fifteen year old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she s never met three boys near her age and their little siste

Every war has turning points and every person too Fifteen year old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she s never met three boys near her age, and their little sister Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.As power fails, and systems fai Every war has turning points and every person too Fifteen year old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she s never met three boys near her age, and their little sister Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes isolated 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 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.A riveting and astonishing story.

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  1. Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and had three or four careers in publishing and advertising before she moved to London in 1989, where she lives now with her husband and daughter Formerly a Young Adult author, Meg has earned numerous prizes including the highest American and British honors for YA fiction the Michael L Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal.

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  1. I spent a while considering how I would rate this book, but finally decided on a full 5 5 rating, and here s why It troubles me greatly that so many readers can t see past the unconventional relationship between our protagonist and her cousin, because it so wholly isn t what the book is about That s the only real downfall of How I live Now unfortunately, Meg Rosoff seemed to target her book towards an audience too immature to realize that this novel is a novel about SURVIVAL It s a novel about h [...]

  2. In all fairness, I had plenty of warning I d read Tatiana s review so I should have been well prepared.Conventional wisdom states that when cousins get freaky, you re likely to end up with something like this image error No No Noooooooooooooooooo But nobody told Daisy and Edmond that Nothing says true love like boinking your underage, nicotine addicted, telepathic first cousin while a war is going on.This book was infinitely better when Daisy and Edmond weren t doing things against all the laws [...]

  3. takes some balls for a white woman to claim that she s the only one who can write diversity properlye wears her privilege like a pimp wears his furs.but the best part tho is the bit where she says that when anyone else writes diverse characters, it s an agenda, which has no place in young adult literature, according to her, for realat s literally what she said fuck your needs, people this white lady s ragey pootling is all the diversity you or your kids will ever require.s cool tho some of her b [...]

  4. Well, it s official I am a total sucker for a stream of consciousness style narrative The writing was very wistful and if it was any flowing, I would certainly have slipped and face planted half way through this You know how from time to time a book comes along that you re positive you won t forget about it anytime soon but can t really explain exactly WHY That s how I feel about How I Live Now and these precious kids.Charming surrounding, extraordinarily charming characters ohmigod Piper , in [...]

  5. This summer I started doing fitnessy activities not in an attempt to lose weight or clear my prematurely blocked arteries but in response to the plethora of Young Adult Dystopian Novels that led me to question whether I could a win the Hunger Games b jump from a moving train with my Dauntless buddies c take out an alien with a swift kick to the face and then evade their hot spaceship pursuit The answers to these questions are a no b no c no Young Adult Dystopian Novels forced me to stare fate s [...]

  6. I didn t like this weird little book until about halfway through The narrator sounded too much like a teen I know, I know and I didn t know what was going on but then I somehow got lost in the voice Suddenly I was seeing things through the narrator s eyes and no one else s This slim volume is like a textbook on how to write limited first person Absolutely excellent wondering why all my reviews are five stars Because I m only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel s p [...]

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  8. While the world wavers on the brink of war, struck by terrorist attacks and embargoes, Daisy s big concern is whether her stepmother is poisoning her food and how much she hates the unborn baby 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 Osbert, the eldest, seems fairly normal, being responsible for his siblings while their mother, Daisy s Aunt Penn, is away but really wanting to s [...]

  9. how i live now has been called a modern day Jane Eyre which I can dig, had Bronte s novel been set during a terrorist occupation and featured incestuous teenage romance St John Rivers doesn t count Fleeing a disinterested father, a wicked stepmother, and an eating disorder, 15 year old Daisy moves to England to live with her cousins on a farm Their idyllic adventures are interrupted by a war with an unnamed, unseen enemy, and the children are forced to go on the run as food, water, and eventuall [...]

  10. 2.5 stars I d heard so many raves about this book that I was expecting to be blown away The idea of a futuristic setting for a historical war type drama sounded intriguing to me, and I wasn t turned off by the controversial topics covered in it, including the kissing cousins So it s very strange to read the entire novel without feeling a single genuine emotion other than annoyance at both the characters and the plot.The war setting and story was perfectly serviceable, though not one that was par [...]

  11. i may just be giving this five stars out of surprise i was dreading reading all these teen books not all of them look bad or anything, but there are just so many and i am so far away from my teenage years but this one is a hoot if a book about war and death and eating disorders and all horrible things can be said to be a hootr my purposes i say yes i liked the characters voice, it was just the right combination of faux sophistication and vulnerability and all the survival stuff was great, it rem [...]

  12. This book took a while to get into, but once you get used to the writing style it s really captivating and wonderful.

  13. Actual rating 3.5 I guess there was a war going on somewhere in the world that night but it wasn t one that could touch us Recommended with some reservations.I read this book on accident By accident, I don t mean I mistakenly read a book instead when I thought I had been playing Plants vs Zombies 2 I m not that stupid, I meant that I picked up this book thinking the story would be something else During World War II in England, there was an operation to evacuate children from the larger cities to [...]

  14. What a weird little book Granted, I am into weird, but How I Live Now just wasn t my kind of weird I guess.There were many things I liked about the story the fact that it didn t fit in any genre it started as a story of an anorexic girl, then morphed into some kind of dystopia and then became a survival story , I liked Daisy s voice snarky and witty with a healthy dose of unreasonableness and selfishness, the portrayal of war was gritty, and Daisy s personal struggle with weight was fairly compe [...]

  15. Horrible This book contained inappropriate content for the recommended 13 year old and up readers An anorexic 15 year old has sex with her cool , cigarette smoking cousin This book is everything you wouldn t want your 13 year old reading about On top of the disgusting content I found there to be really no plot and no real clear resolution or ending The characters were strangers to me the entire time while reading I found the whole story rather boring and pointlessOT 3 20 CREATIVITY 3 20 WRITING [...]

  16. I have no earthly idea what is wrong with me I couldn t finish this tiny ass 200 page book Look at how tiny it is Here s the paperback compared to a standard cat.I should have finished this in an hour, maybe two Instead I have spent a solid week trying to read this and failing I then tried again over a year later, and was just as unimpressed I ended up getting through just over half It s likely that I ll give How I Live Now another try sometime in the future It s not aggressively bad or anything [...]

  17. THIS WAS SO EXCELLENT, YAY.The good things The stream of consciousness type thing that was going on here was so interesting It wasn t nonsensical in anyway, but it really felt like this was a girl telling a story at us, but for her own benefit The quotation marks there was none, and they added to this whole sense of this is her story not ours Except without those quotation marks The survivalness It got real out there, peeps Painful and dirty The voice it was unwavering and resolute and hers It b [...]

  18. This book is one of my favorites I love Rosoff s simple writing, which has a massive effect on the book.Another reviewer wrote how the story is not which would be the obvious assumption about the love between Daisy and Edmond It s about survival and how people come together in unexpected ways caused by the circumstances I agree.I think I gasped out loud when I realized I was on the second last page of the book How I Live Now is beautiful in its simplicity and it s one that sticks with you Read i [...]

  19. Now let s try to understand that falling into sexual and emotional thrall with an underage blood relative hadn t exactly been on my list of Things to Do while visiting England, but I was coming around to the belief that whether you liked it or not, Things Happen and once they start happening you pretty much have to hold on for dear life and see where they drop you when they stop This is the sentence that made me want to readHow I Live NowI want to explain my rating a little bit and that speaking [...]

  20. At first I was hesitant to put this book in my CLW line up because it is not, actually, a book I love However, after giving the matter some thought I ve decided that even though I don t adore it, this novel does fit my basic chick lit guideline strong female character in a book written by a female author so it gets to stay How I Live Now is Meg Rosoff s first novel It is a Printz Award winner an award for excellence in young adult literature , the Branford Boase Award for a first novel, as well [...]

  21. YA This is almost one of those staples of children s literature where the unwanted child gets sent off to live with strange relatives in the English countryside, then the cousins all have precious adventures together and learn a little something about family It s almost like that, except a war breaks out and their precious adventures turn into gritty survivalism instead Even in the middle of rations and artillery, our narrator has a kind of implicit eating disorder, and I still can t tell if tha [...]

  22. The writing is superb, I immersed myself in the streaming consciousness of Daisy s narration and breathed after 10 hours or so.When Daisy described nature I could feel the touch and the smell of it, when Daisy described her auntie s house I was right there, the food made me hungry, I rejoiced for her love and suffered for her loss.Daisy is a sharp sarcastic new yorker whose only weapon against oblivion is food deprivation, when she visits her cousins in England she senses that everything is diff [...]

  23. I started reading this book at the store, got to chapter 26, and realized it was the end of my lunch break Today I got it from the library, finished it, and immediately started again.Possibly this is all because of my general obsession with social history and behavior around during particular contemporary wars, but still I think it s good enough to induce compulsion I find the arc of the story quick, violent literally metaphorically , and extremely believable The character development and indivi [...]

  24. I really love this book, but I wouldn t recommend most people read the print book This is a sad and brilliant and beautiful book but it s so much easier if you listen to the audiobook instead, because the author has a tendency to Capitalize Words Randomly and not use quotation marks when people are speaking so it s kind of hard to tell and then the sentences are really quite long I liked the style when rereading but many, many people did not So definitely choose the audiobook, since these, ah, q [...]

  25. For me this seems a swirling together of four different books Firstly a book of enormous lyricism and poetry about people, about landscapes, about relationships and feelings Secondly a book about a group of children having an adventure, with a journey being an important part of that adventure it could have been penned by Enid Blyton in this respect It evoked her world of childhood loyalty and that incredibly warm spirit of companionship Thirdly it was a book about war, death, fear, loss and huma [...]

  26. 4.5 THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING It s so weird to be saying that now, since for the past 6 years or so I ve been convinced that I hated it I couldn t even finish it the first time I tried to read it, which is ridiculous to me now However, I can understand why The writing style is very stream of consciousness, and there are no quotation marks around dialogue, which can be a little strange for readers But since the first time I tried to read How I Live Now, I ve read hundreds books, and therefore I ve e [...]

  27. Saw the movie, came back home, went to , bought this book.I must say I read the book because I loved the movie Not the other way around A very high bar was doomed to be overcame They are nothing alike, the movie is thrilling, the book is touching, but I recommend you to watch it, because it s a great movie about youth and love and family and war and survival The book uses a lots of ands to compensate for the lack of quoting and the sentences are quite long, resulting in an intimist mess about [...]

  28. 5 Words Terrifying, devastating, children, love, family.I ve lost count of the amount of times I ve read this book over the past ten years, but every time it makes me cry and think about the scariest of things This book terrifies me with how real it all seems, how this could happen.So I m always a bit creeped out by Daisy and Edmund, that s something I can t help But every time I read this book I take away from it and cry full blown sobs, snot everywhere, it s not pretty and feel completely dif [...]

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