How I Live Now | Meg Rosoff

how i live now

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 more 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.

To begin with I was concerned that ‘How I Live Now’ was going to be little more than a mushy romance novel with a little sci-fi twist for teen girls. Thankfully I kept going and was proved wrong.

Yes, there is romance, love and some sex (very tame, but clearly sex). And there is a little sci-fi stuff with mind reading and telepathy.

But there is so much more…we have war and peace, friendship, belonging, courage and danger. We have a young girl – lost, angry, anorexic – who doesn’t know who she is anymore, coming to England for the summer to stay with her cousins. But war breaks out and Daisy suddenly has to step up, get involved and take care of herself and her cousins.

It’s beautifully written and engaging. I went along for the ride and loved it.

For mature readers 15+

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 more 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.

3 thoughts on “How I Live Now | Meg Rosoff

  1. I enjoyed this book very much. It developed a unique atmosphere and I felt lost in their world as I was reading it (in a good way). I even held on to my copy to read again someday. A book has to be pretty good to earn coveted shelf space in my library, as there is never enough to go around.

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