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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I have nothing against incest in fiction, I really don’t. I love Rosoff’s simple writing, which has a massive effect on the book. Still, the premise is an interesting one, so I continued with the book. Printz Award-winning works British novels British novels adapted into films children’s books Novels about eating disorders.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The action takes place in a kind of parallel present or near future.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The beautiful life alone on the farm is over and Daisy faces a whole new challenge trying to survive war and the resulting starvation, and finding Edmond again. The idea of a futuristic setting for a historical war type drama sounded intriguing to me, and I wasn’t turned off by the controversial topics covered in it, including the kissing cousins. Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read?

The youngest, Piper, is a sweet girl who has a way with animals too, and likes to forage in the woods for things to eat. The father decides to send her with her not-that-normal cousins in England for the summer, but once there the war erupts and all five kids are stuck alone in a big house in the countryside when the aunt leaves trying to avoid it abroad. Instead I have spent a solid week trying to read this and failing.


Fighting back is what I’ve discovered I do best. It’s about survival and how people come together in unexpected ways caused by the circumstances.

This book just might turn out awesomely after all, despite not being what I initially signed up for. This is more realistic than most, believe me.


The writing style is very stream-of-consciousness, and there are no quotation marks around roxoff, which can be a little strange for readers. I really liked her. The only help for my condition, then as now, is that I refused to let go of what I loved.

In the novel was adapted for radio by Elizabeth Burke.

The way in which the story is told and the fact that not much is said about who the enemy is, or why this Third World War has started, really puts the focus on the victims emg the conflict and the struggles they face because of it. Nice try, but you’re missing the point. View all 10 comments. To ask other readers questions about How I Live Nowplease sign up. There’s something about England, captured in Narnia and fantasy books like Mythago Woodthat draw on its druidic roots and ancient magic that makes England a place roslff straddles the line between realms, that makes it a place of possibility and secret gardens and all sorts of things.


First meeting her year-old cousin Edmond at the airport, Daisy calls him “some kind of mutt”; however, her view of Edmond changes after settling in. The happiness is the worst. This has been the basis of some stories I’ve enjoyed, most notably in the Narnia series, and the Noel Streatfield novel When the Sirens Wailed.

Suddenly last summer…

I just don’t think Rosoff did a very good job. Keep it superficial and hope the reader will fill in the gaps with their imagination? The latter qualities turn out to be rather necessary, because Daisy and her youngest cousin, Piper, are evacuated, moved on and eventually have to try to trek back home cross-country to find the rest of their family without being killed by one side or the other.

E lisabeth is a fifteen year-old girl who prefers to be called Daisy.

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If it wasn’t one of liv best female voice performance I’d ever heard! Their relationship always held a strange trifector of intrigue, horror and hypnotizing squick. When unidentified invaders attack and occupy England Daisy’s life along with everyone else’ is turned upside down. Almond — Kit’s Wilderness That’s all well and good.