How I Live Now is an original and poignant book by Meg Rosoff.
How I Live Now is the powerful and engaging story of Daisy, the precocious New Yorker and her English cousin Edmond, torn apart as war breaks out in London, from the multi award-winning Meg Rosoff.
How I Live Now has been adapted for the big screen by Kevin Macdonald, starring Saoirse Ronan as Daisy and releases in 2013.
Fifteen-year-old Daisy thinks she knows all about love.
Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her away for the summer, to live in the English countryside with cousins she's never even met.
There she'll discover what real love is: something violent, mysterious and wonderful.
There her world will be turned upside down and a perfect summer will explode into a million bewildering pieces.
How will Daisy live then? "Fresh, honest, rude, funny. I put it down with tears on my face". (Julie Myerson, Guardian). "Assured, powerful, engaging ...you will want to read everything that Rosoff is capable of writing". (Observer). "An unforgettable adventure". (Sunday Times). Bestselling author Meg Rosoff has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her first novel How I Live Now (winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize).
Her other novels, Just in Case (winner of the 2007 Carnegie Medal), The Bride's Farewell and What I Was which was described by The Times as 'Samuel Beckett on ecstasy', are also available from Puffin.
Follow Meg on Twitter @megrosoff. Also by Meg Rosoff: How I Live Now; Just In Case; What I Was; The Bride's Farewell; and There is No Dog.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/06/2005
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780141318011
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Review by livrecache
Okay. My daughter enjoyed it, and that was the market it was aimed at. I thought it was structurally weak, and fairly derivative.
Review by herschelian
Daisy is a funky 15 yr old anorexic from NY, sent to spend summer with her English aunt and cousins. There she falls in love with Edmond one of her cousins and they embark on an intense sexual and emotional relationship. Daisy had arrived just before war with an unnamed aggressor begins and England is occupied and communications the outside world are cut off. Her aunt had gone to a Peace conference in Oslo and so the six children are left to their own devices in the countryside. Eventually they are all swept up in the chaos of war, and have to live on their wits to survive.The book won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2004.
Review by sandpiper
Meg arrives from the States to stay with her cousins and her aunt in England. They live an idyllic life on a farm in the countryside, with animals, a veg garden, a river in which to swim and catch fish. Aunt Penn leaves for a few days to present a lecture in Oslo, and the children have the farm to themselves. All sound a bit Enid Blyton so far? I get the feeling that Meg Rosoff perhaps intended the start of the book to seem so perfect, lost in an innocent age (even though it is set in the current day), because things soon change - for both good and bad. I just can't say a lot more without giving away the story, so I'm not going to go into any specifics. This story was beautiful, magical, terrible and heartbreaking.
Review by wyvernfriend
It's an interesting story, although it does cover some issues that may not be considered quite right for early teenagers to be reading about. It has all the hallmarks of being an early novel written by someone but is still quite an interesting novel.Elizabeth is never called that, she's always called Daisy, she's got issues, food issues, parent issues, step-parent issues, step-parent-having-children issues, so she's sent to stay with her aunt and cousins in rural England for the summer. That summer changes her life. She falls in love with one of her cousins (and there's no angst about this, which there should be, even if this book has enough angst already) and someone invades England. I'm not sure if the author had quite worked out who was invading, or why, but it's mostly covert and no-one is sure who is the enemy. Daisy has to find the strength within herself to survive.It's interesting and it kept my attention but there were serious plot holes, which brings it down a few notches in my estimation.
Review by yourotherleft
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