How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff



I guess there was a war going on somewhere in the world that night but it wasn’t one that could touch us.

I first heard of How I Live Now because I stumbled upon the trailer for the movie one night while I was on IMDB. When at the end it said “based on the book by Meg Rosoff” I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to read it before I saw the movie. I did it right this time and I wasn’t disappointed.

How I Live Now tells the story of Daisy, a teenager who is shipped off by her father to live in the English countryside with her Aunt and cousins. With Daisy Meg Rosoff touches on things that may seem controversial, you may especially think so if you are a parent of a child who is reading this book, and this book is billed as a young adult novel. The book touches upon the fact that the main character has an eating disorder, a disease that many young woman are dealing with. She doesn’t come right out and say “I have an eating disorder”, but it is implied in many ways. How I Live Now also broaches the subject of teens and their sexual awakening, although the way in which it is brought around is shocking to say the least. At its heart Rosoff’s How I Live Now is a tale of survival in a war-torn world and what we are willing to sacrifice to make it back to the ones we love. At just under 200 pages this is a quick one to read but thrilling none the less. I recommend it highly, but please don’t read it merely for the shock factor, this is a high-octane book that doesn’t leave you disappointed at the end.


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Hi, my name's Emily and I'm starting the 100 book challenge. 100 books. 12 months. Can I do it? Update: Needless to say I did not finish the 100 book challenge. I'm still at it though and have strayed from The List entirely; but never say never. I will finish The List...some day. View all posts by operation100books

2 responses to “How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

  • alicesusanna

    Nice review – although I have to say I didn’t get on with ‘How I Live Now’ at all! Perhaps I was too young when I read it, but I just didn’t understand exactly what period it was supposed to be set in and I got sick of Daisy after a while…
    Any other books you’d recommend?

  • operation100books

    First, sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. Unfortunate to say but life some times gets in the way of writing. I can definitely see where you’re coming from with the frustration of not knowing the time period. I lent my copy to a friend and she said the same thing. I enjoyed the not knowing because it gave me the freedom to choose for myself. Granted, I knew we weren’t dealing with an Austen-esque period. Now, the book I’m about to recommend is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. It is very well written but gets gruesome. I reviewed it a while back, so check that out before reading. “The Wasp Factory”

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