How I Live Now Hardcover – 5 Aug 2004
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Possibly one of the most talked about books of the year, Meg Rosoffs novel for young adults is the winner of the Guardian Childrens Fiction Prize 2004. Heralded by some as the next best adult crossover novel since Mark Haddons The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, who himself has given the book a thunderously good quote, this authors debut is undoubtedly stylish, readable and fascinating.
Rosoffs story begins in modern day London, slightly in the future, and as its heroine has a 15-year-old Manhattanite called Daisy. Shes picked up at the airport by Edmond, her English cousin, a boy in whose life she is destined to become intricately entwined. Daisy is staying for the summer in her Aunt Penns country farmhouse with Edmond and her other cousins. They spend some idyllic weeks together--often alone with Aunt Penn away travelling in Norway. Daisys cousins seem to have an almost telepathic bond, and Daisy is mesmerised by Edmond and soon falls in love with him.
But their world changes forever when an unnamed aggressor invades England and begins a years-long occupation. Daisy is parted from Edmond when soldiers take over their home, and Daisy and Piper, her younger cousin, must travel to another place to work. Their experiences of occupation are never kind and always hard. Daisys pain, living without Edmond, is tangible.
Rosoffs writing style is both brilliant and frustrating. Her descriptions and ability to portray the emotions of her characters are wonderful. Her long sentences and total lack of speech marks for dialogue is, however, exhausting. Her narrative is deeply engaging and yet a bit unbelievable. The end of the book is dramatic, but too sudden. The book has a raw, unfinished feel about it, yet that somehow adds to the experience of reading it. Its flawed but unmissable. (Age 14 and over) --John McLay
A powerful and moving "kidult" novel. -- Heat magazine, July 2005
An absorbing read: tender and brusque. -- Guardian, July 23, 2005
As compelling as any childhood tale could be... great suspense writing. -- Telegraph, July 16, 2005
Both children and adults will enjoy Daisy's smart, ironic style. -- The Independent, July 8, 2005
Readers won't just read this book, they will let it possess them -- The Sunday Telegraph
The most talked about book of the year... this is a book for young adults and adult youngsters alike. -- Tatler
a magical and utterly faultless voice -- Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
a voice so stridently pure and direct and funny that you simply can't question it -- The Guardian
the best children's novel for adults since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time -- Time Out
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Meg Rosoff is clearly a hugely accomplished writer - her descriptions are vivid, engaging and compelling. The way the story built up - beginning with a magical English summer that took me back to my own childhood - was sublime. I don't think it matters here that we're not told much about Daisy's 'wicked stepmother', nor about the nuances of her eating disorder. It is enough that we engage with Daisy fully and wholeheartedly so that we are prepared to listen to what she wants to tell us (just as we would if we were listening to a friend). Daisy's had a past but it isn't that important - at least not once she becomes immersed in the world of her English cousins, embarks on her love affair with Edmond and is then, finally, plunged into the fallout from the war. No, the war isn't described in any detail. Again, this didn't matter - we knew as much as Daisy knew. We live through Daisy - she is our first and only source of information and, for that reason, I didn't find myself dissatisfied that I never knew exactly what the war was about.
Personally, I found this novel utterly beautiful and heart wrenching.Read more ›
How I live now is the story of Daisy, a 15-year-old Manhattanite. She's a funny character and this comes across as we pick up her thoughts on her new stepmother and being flown out to England by her father because a new baby is on the way. She's by no means perfect...and that's what makes her so real. She feels insecure about the changes in her family back in the States, she barely eats and is given to being overly dramatic.
England turns out to be nothing like she expected, thanks to the eccentric lifestyle of her Aunt Penn, and her four cousins. From the moment they meet Daisy and her cousin Edmond forge a bond...one which becomes extremely complicated without any adult supervision. For a while the children live an idyllic life - weeks of carefree play, weeks of Daisy and Edmond becoming closer than first cousins should...especially first cousins who are both under the age of 16.
War breaks out and changes the world forever. Daisy is parted from Edmond as soldiers take over their home and the girls and boys are separated. Daisy ends up with her youngest cousin Piper. The journey we're taken on is that of the girls witnessing war atrocities, starving and struggling to hang onto hope. Not until the end do we get a glimpse of what Edmond's war experience was.
My only criticism was that the dramatic conclusion seemed a little too sudden, but given that I found the plot excellent and the writing beautiful I'd rate it 4.9999/5.0.
How I Live Now is written from the first person perspective of Daisy, an American teenager forced to move to England by her new stepmother as there's a new baby on the way and the move is deemed what's 'best' for her. Thrust into an unknown world where she is surrounded by animals, nature and family as opposed to the cold city blocks of Manhattan, Daisy begins her new life in England. Whilst things seem to be going great for Daisy at first, war is brewing across the nation and her life gets turned upside down once again by its devastating effects.
Although this book is classified under 'teenage' fiction, I would highly recommend this to people of all ages. It is a touching story and the feistiness of Daisy, our protagonist, makes it easy to forget that she is only fifteen years old when these events take place. Daisy writes in a stream of consciousness style and there isn't a single line of reported speech in the entire book which takes a bit of getting used to. It's a little hard at first to figure out who's saying what and some sentences are so long that I feel like I'm running out of breath just reading them, but this is all part of the style. The writing is so naturalistic that I really feel like I'm in Daisy's head and her narrative is definitely what I would say the shining feature of this book is.Read more ›
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This is an excellent YA novel that is easily enjoyed by adults (well, this adult anyway). It's set very slightly in the future or possibly in an alternative present. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
This product arrived damaged unfortunately and was supposed to be a gift.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant book, I usually struggle with books that have broken grammar but this was easy to read, and you felt like you were following Daisy's train of thought. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MrsLynseyA