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Rosoff's story begins in modern day London, slightly in the future, and as its heroine has a 15-year-old Manhattanite called Daisy. She's picked up at the airport by Edmond, her English cousin, a boy in whose life she is destined to become intricately entwined. Daisy stays at her Aunt Penn's country farmhouse for the summer with Edmond and her other cousins. They spend some idyllic weeks together--often alone with Aunt Penn away travelling in Norway. Daisy's cousins seem to have an almost telepathic bond, and Daisy is mesmerized 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 and Edmond are separated 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 Daisy's pain, living without Edmond, is tangible.
Rosoff's writing style is both brilliant and frustrating. Her descriptions are wonderful, as is her ability to portray the emotions of her characters. However, her long sentences and total lack of punctuation for dialogue can be 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. (Age 14 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Decent enough YA fiction. The plot arc is a bit wobbly and wandering and seems to resolve overly quickly, but it's engaging enough. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amy S. Hale
I enjoyed this unusual story. Although probably written for young readers the main characters were engaging. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Terry W.
I am one of those that found this story via the 2013 movie, and even though the movie seemed corny at parts, I could sense a very rich, developed story running underneath. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Adam
Very strange sad story but good. A special family for sure. I would read more of her stories. I didn't think I would like the book when I started glad I stuck with itPublished 26 days ago by Kim Surrett
“How I Live Now” is about the physical and emotional disruption of war. It is about change, survival, family, and love. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue Heraper
So much better than the book. The young actors did a great job bringing the story to life.Published 1 month ago by Kelli Cameron
I enjoyed this book as it tackled some tough issues of wartime, survival, coming of age, eating disorders, depression,
love, companionship, hope and commitment. Read more
3 stars because it's a good story but I didn't really get into it. I wasn't invested in the characters,and the reasoning for the war was stupid. "nobody knows". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Autumn