Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book in Review: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff



Wendy Lamb Books


“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 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.

A riveting and astonishing story.

Why I Read This:

Award Winning Reads Challenge.


The only reason I picked up How I Live Now was because of it's Printz Award. I had no idea what it was about at the time and only found out later that it was a dystopian. Of course, that made me want to read it even more and so it went to the top of my pile of books to read with a Printz stamp of approval on it.

I opened up How I Live Now and was at first very concerned that I wasn't going to like it. The writing style took a long time to get used to. There is are no quotation marks for dialogue, and the whole thing read like I was sitting down, peering into someone's rambling thoughts. Nothing much seems to happen for a while and I was getting bored with it too. At one point I was 99% sure that this was going to be a DNF. Luckily, I put it down for a while and gave it another shot. It was probably around page 45 or so that the story picked up and something shocking...shocking happened between the characters. Of course, my eyes popped open and I had to keep reading. After that I was glued to it.

Meg Rosoff has written a highly original, very scary (as in...this could happen NOW) scenario. Basically, it is World War Three and her main character, Daisy is stuck in England with her cousins, no parents or uncles or aunts - just them. They live in a fantasy world of the five of them basically playing house for a while until all things go the way of the dogs and they find out what it really means to be in a war.

The book was beautiful and after reading it, I thought to myself, "Yep, this is it...THE book about war for teens." I know I didn't enjoy the beginning and it really put me off to start with, and so I was torn whether I should give it a higher rating (ie. perfect), but the last two thirds of the book were breathtaking and blew me away.

My Rating:


I bought my copy.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you found a book that you loved b/c of the challenge! I seriously LOVE these book lists! I've found SO many gems because of it! This is a book I really enjoyed, but definitely want to read again soon! :)