How I Live Now [Meg Rosoff] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Every war has turning points and every person too.” Fifteen-year-old Daisy. An English idyll explodes in Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now, a novel ostensibly written for children. Adults should read it too, says Geraldine. Elisabeth is a fifteen year-old girl who prefers to be called Daisy. Because of an emerging war her parents send her from New York to England.

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Daisy’s aunt is stranded in Oslo, as all the airports are closed, so the children are still left alone. The narrator sounded too much like a teen I know, I know and I didn’t know what was going on.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Daisy’s one goal is to get back to Edmond and the farmhouse, but first she must figure out where Edmond and Isaac have been taken, and how to get there. Appropriateness aside, it just doesn’t make sense.

A very high bar was doomed to be overcame. Her narrative was what gave me so much trouble; she is so selfish, so self-centered, so utterly self-absorbed. Even in the middle of rations and artillery, our narrator has a kind of implicit eating disorder, and I still can’t tell if YA.

Daisy is so detached from it all, in her own egotistical little mind. The book is not perfect. The way in which the story is told and the fact that not much is said about who the enemy is, or why this Third World War has started, really puts the focus on the victims of the conflict and the struggles they face because of it.


Aunt Penn travels to Oslowhere she is stranded after war breaks out. It still annoys me. Johnson — The First Part Last Not the other way around. There are other things that nag at me. Weird but interesting enough and otherwise well written enough to keep my interest. I just wanted to yell at Daisy “What? Thirdly it was a book about war, death, fear, loss and human and animal suffering, but this was somewhat subdued. No emotion, no dialogue, nothing to make me keep reading. I was expecting more, to be honest, on all fronts.

This is a sad and brilliant and beautiful book but it’s so much easier if you listen to the audiobook instead, because the author has a tendency to Capitalize Words Randomly and not use “quotation marks” when people are speaking so it’s kind of hard to tell and then the sentences are really quite long. I liked pretty much how the world is described in this modern war.

I suspect this is a book protective parents might want to preview, or at least research, if their household hoa one where an adult has to approve the child’s reading material. A war where roads are useless and the woods are safer.

The only reason I docked this book half a star was that I wish it were longer! Discover what to read next. Not totally on-topic, but I loved the music that was played at the beginning and end of the two parts. The people simply trying to survive.

View all 3 comments. When Aunt Penn leaves noe Oslo to help with peace negotiations, the five children are left alone at the old farmhouse. How I Live Now film.


Nobody else in the book was horrified at their relationship. It’s not aggressively ba I have no earthly idea what is wrong with me. I really love this book, but Noe wouldn’t recommend most people read the print book. Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read?

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Yang — American Born Chinese I want to like it more than I do, but after a week of stops and starts and at least four boredom naps, right now it’s not the book for me. I just don’t think Rosoff did a very good job. Most of all Rosofv am left with a taste of the warmth and caring between the characters, and the lovely lyrical qualities of the writing. Oct 11, Julio Genao marked it as no. View all 53 comments.


The story of Daisy and Piper’s struggle to survive in an occupied territory whilst finding their family and Daisy hlw certain issues was fantastic. This is a decidedly lacklustre book and the more I talk about it the less impressed I become.

The novel is first person with Daisy recounting her experiences after the fact.