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Too many ideas, not enough interest in any of them...,
This review is from: How I Live Now (Paperback)A book club choice and not something I'd usually read (but I've been pleasantly surprised before).
Sadly, I didn't enjoy this book at all. The writing 'style' feels like James Joyce's Ulysses for teens...and fell woefully short of the mark. Mostly though my issue was with Meg Rosoff's many issues - anorexia, under-age sex, pseudo-incest, war, the horrors of war, the after-effects of war, magical abilities etc. etc. Quite a lot for a small book! And none were fully explored or stood out as being central. It left me feeling like I was visiting the mind of the narrator on a whistle-stop magical mystery tour. And I wanted off the bus - just for a break, to maybe enjoy one of the stops, but, oh, no, there we go again - time to get moving...
The timing of this novel also had me very confused. Rosoff portrays England as some kind of Famous Five rural idyll more akin to the 1930s than the 2000s...but there is a mobile phone and email?? What's that about?
And the war...come on - fill in the gaps, what was this war, who were the protagonists? And Rosoff can't get away with saying - well, children/teens don't really know or follow world events they are so wrapped up in themselves. There are plenty of interested children/teens out there.
But most worryingly of all - how on earth did Daisy leave Piper? OK, it may have only been for a few days, but even so - WHAT?? There is a war on, they've survived by being together and then suddenly there is a phonecall and Daisy just leaves Piper ALONE not knowing that Isaac is coming back?? Nice. Really nice. And she's the 'heroine'.
About sums up the book for me.