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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Jun 17, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing Shelves: A slight din in the background. I did not like the other characters in this book. In the vast majority of book, there were no quotation marks and I got used to that, but then in the second part, suddenly sometimes there were quotation marks and I was honestly so confused because it was pretty inconsistent which lines of dialogue had or didn’t have any.

I want to like it more than I do, but after a week of stops and starts and at least four boredom naps, right now it’s not the book for me. 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.

Daisy’s aunt is stranded in Oslo, as all the airports are closed, so the children are still left alone. What I can say is that Rosoff does have a way with words which may, in my view at least, be able rosorf better shine in a novel that isn’t quite so mey. View all 53 comments. As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. After the war ends, Daisy must deal with putting the pieces of her life back together and overcoming the terrible experience of war as she reunites with the forever changed members of her family, including a physically and emotionally scarred Edmond.


The action takes place in a kind of parallel present or near future. Hell, I’ve read my fair share rosocf worst incestuous relationships. Consider a novel’s presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement.

Add it all up, and you get a quick in-and-out survival story told by someone livr really quite boring and, yes, a product of her our times and not a flattering one either – but the novel fails to really explore anything, and what could have been insightful observations, gripping plot and engaging characters merely becomes flaws.

But the path will be hard.

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I sincerely hope that people reading this book will start focusing on mrg beauty of the story–the prose, the characters, the structure which is at once remarkably simplistic and stunningly complex–and stop focusing on details which are not entirely pertinent to the story at large. C I didn’t like this weird little book until about halfway through.

At first Daisy and her cousins are unconcerned about the war. Her first-person narrative style also drove me crazy. But there was a lot of stuff that I questioned, especially glorification of underage incestuous sex.

Melinda in Speak narrated in similar style but to better effect. I didn’t like the cousin incest because honestly it wasn’t necessary.


Also tf was up with that weird magical realism psychic crap? Stacy Byc Those speech marks are called, quotation marks.

The real truth is that the war didn’t have much to do with it except that it provided a perfect limbo in which two people who were too young and too related could start kissing without anything or anyone making us stop. There is a war going on, she doesn’t seem to care. There are other things that nag at me. Jan 26, Ellen Gail rated it it was ok Shelves: See all 13 questions about How I Live Now….

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The war setting and story was perfectly serviceable, though not one that was particularly affecting or unusual. Loved, loved them both equally. And not just tears down my face, it was a passionate and ugly cry. You expect that a novel that touches on war, death, separation, hunger, and incest to be one that will move you in nkw way, and I suppose I’m in the minority since the book has a msg of fans and even won the Printz award.

How I Live Now

Fighting back is what I’ve discovered I do best. It’s so much more than that. I can’t believe I just said “hearty. LaCour — We Are Okay.