How I Live Now

Rosoff, Meg

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How I Live Now
This award winning novel will soon be released as a movie starring Saoirse Ronan as Daisy. Fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy is sent to live in the English countryside with cousins she's never even met. When England is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy, the cousins find themselves on their own. Power fails, system fail. As they grow more isolated, the farm becomes a kind of Eden, with no rules. Until the war arrives in their midst. Daisy's is a war story, a survival story, a love story--all told in the voice of a subversive and witty teenager. This book crackles with anxiety and with lust. It's a stunning and unforgettable first novel that captures the essence of the age of terrorism: how we live now.

Publisher: Ember, 2013
ISBN: 9780449819609


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Jan 15, 2015
  • Kellkolo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have not stopped thinking about this book, even months after having read it. I couldn't put it down. It is a fascinating and memorable read.

Nov 16, 2014

what did i just read? This book is highly inappropriate not they way things are described but with the content of the book, she is sleeping with her cousin does anyone else not realize how wrong that is?

Jun 17, 2014


Any book about war is always poignant! vivid imagery!

Mar 15, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All kinds of adjectives I wouldn't have expected to apply to this book apply: sparse, stylish, unique, lush, heartbreaking, messy, gorgeous, real. This is a writer with something to say and her protagonist knows how to say it, never too much and never too little and always in her own way. You will never forget her or her world.

Nov 12, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Woah. What did I just read? I guess the highest compliment you can pay a book is to say that you walked around all dazed in real life afterwards. I put this off for such a long time because it had such a "buzz" I thought it was an adult book (it's a teen read. YA. In with all the vampire crud. The world is mad) and I thought it was Good For You. I was expecting Michael Ondaatje x Anne Frank and I got Narnia, Canticle For Leibowitz, Famous Five, Lord of the Flies, Judy Blume, and Wrinkle in Time. All written in the style of Meg Cabot or Rachel Caine, ignore that. Also ignore the world's worst-named heroine "Daisy", there was never a less Daisyish woman. I'm amazed by the brevity of this writer, it's really only a few lines describing a memorable love story, a few more lines for somebody's anorexia, but the important things are all there. It's a classic.

Nov 28, 2011
  • beckylunatic rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not bad, but pales in comparison to John Marsden's Tomorrow series.

Jul 04, 2011
  • toby1kenobi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book.

May 01, 2011
  • VeeMac rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love Meg Rosoff's writing!

Jun 26, 2010
  • zale rated this: 5 stars out of 5.



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Jun 09, 2014
  • green_tiger_1186 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and a perfect love between Two Children Against the World at an Extreme Time in History....


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