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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.
This is one of those books that, if you were to read the jacket blurb in the bookstore, you would have no idea what you were getting yourself into. Read morePublished 7 days ago by I Know What You Should Read
There were just so many things missing in this YA novel. I gave it a three because it held my interest, but I couldn't give it more than that. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sarah McElwaney
Poorly written and half of it doesn't make sense. It jumps around too much and it's hard to follow.Published 12 days ago by Nikki
I was hoping for something a little more similar to a series like Ashfall...this book wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beautiful Ruins
Great book. However, the dialog isn't like normal dialog. It's like you're being told a story rather than reading it like a book.Published 2 months ago by Caylah
I am really torn on this book- I love the storyline and the characters but the way it is written is really difficult for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MarkTwain
I don't usually like YA -- but I absolutely loved this book: it's well-written, true to emotions, and (as everyone has said) engrossing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Libby Koponen
Both books and the movies that follow are like Parallel Universes. The same characters exist in two different universes where everythig that happens is just slightly different . Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christina A.
As a teacher I had a lot of trouble with the run-on sentences. It jumped around and I never got the point of the story.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Foor