HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff


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.

My Thoughts:

Talk about a crappy situation!  I really admired Daisy’s character and how she immediately went into “grown up” mode in order to protect her family.  This book was a really quick read, it only took me a few short hours from start to finish.  I was a little thrown off by the intimate feelings that occur between Daisy and her cousin (I felt that it could’ve been left out). However, everything else about this book I loved.  It wasn’t like other war books where it felt so intense that it made it hard to get through, this was an easy read.  I recommend reading this if you haven’t already.


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