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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.
It was almost unbelievable and I wanted to connect with the characters a little more, but it was really well thought out book and it was fasted paced and enjoyable.Published 9 days ago by R. Wilson
I actually was quite taken with this book--at first!--but when I got to the part where Daisy and Edmond start having a sexual relationship, well, I nearly choked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lange
The movie is better--and that is very unusual when the movie is better.Published 1 month ago by Alias Reader
This untraditional book is the story of Daisy. She's narcissistic and manipulative making her a believable teenager. She has to grow up when the world falls apart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan
eh I would not read this one again. Nor does it have any things that stand out that I remember and recall from the book like others in the genrePublished 1 month ago by Brett
How I Live Now is unlike anything else I've read, in the best possible way. It's a story about brokenness, at its core. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth M. Wade
Skip this book if you are looking to sink your chops in a literary piece of work. A review, "a treat for adults" unfortunately was read after I placed the order, knowing I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lauren Feryus
I finished this book within eight hours. It's beautifully written in the prose of a witty teenager, who details her encounters with the good, the bad, and the ugly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kacie