Monday, November 2, 2009

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Thanks to the recommendation of the talented Kristin Miller, I started reading How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff last week, and I am forever changed.

Book Description:

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.

How I Live Now is an amazing voice-driven and heartbreaking novel about teenage emotions - love, loss, pain, and hope. Told from Daisy's first person POV, her voice comes right off the page from the very beginning. Her voice keeps the pace moving quickly, and she glazes over more serious "adult matters" like the war so that I was actually shocked several times when I realized exactly what was going on in the outside world. Daisy's sarcastic humor is one of the truest to the teenage experience, that I've seen - especially when the world is falling apart around her. She made me laugh, cringe, and cry numerous times throughout the book, and her voice reflects the change and growth she goes through during the course of the novel. Definitely a must read for all YA fans.

Visit Meg Rosoff's website HERE.

8 comments:

M said...

I love your reviews. I wish more agents reviewed books on their blogs. I get why they don't, but I wish that they did.

*runs to add this to her TBR pile*

Susan Adrian said...

Oooh. This sounds RIGHT up my alley. Thanks for the rec!

Rhiannon Hart said...

I love this book :)

(By the way, maybe it's just my browser but I couldn't find the "post comment" link at first because it was white against a white background.)

Angiegirl said...

My love for this book is deep and wide. I'm so glad you loved it, too. I read it in a day. Got up the next morning and read it again. I couldn't leave. :)

passinglovenotes said...

I think on agent Laurie McLean's blog, she recently posted something about the post-apocalyptic theme becoming popular with YA readers.

Anybody else see a trend forming?

suzie townsend said...

I agree that the post-apocalyptic theme is definitely becoming a popular trend within YA books, but How I Live Now was published first in 2004 and because of the narrative style and Daisy's voice, it's about so much more than the "war time" setting. I think it's in a class all on its own.

Ash. Elizabeth said...

great review as always, and I'm letting you know I have something for you on my blog : )

Rissa Watkins said...

Oh this book sounds good. Can't wait to read it.

It sounds like this blog I read (not mine I swear) it is fiction, but written like a real time blog after the apocalypse. I love it and dread when the year is up and it is over.

http://www.apocalypseblog.com/2008/12/17/shiny-new-thing/

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