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How I Live Now de Meg Rosoff
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How I Live Now (2004 original; edició 2006)

de Meg Rosoff (Autor)

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To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.
Membre:Jpazderk
Títol:How I Live Now
Autors:Meg Rosoff (Autor)
Informació:Wendy Lamb Books (2006), Edition: Reprint, 194 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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Etiquetes:YA

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How I Live Now de Meg Rosoff (2004)

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    La lladre de llibres de Markus Zusak (writemeg)
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    Life as We Knew It de Susan Beth Pfeffer (francescadefreitas)
  4. 51
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    Tomorrow, When the War Began de John Marsden (selkie_girl, meggyweg)
    selkie_girl: Teenagers are caught in the middle of a war and decide to fight back.
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    El dia dels trífids de John Wyndham (tmspinks)
    tmspinks: Similar 'apocalypse comes to sleepy England' theme, but with a more SF edge.
  8. 20
    Code Name Verity de Elizabeth Wein (amysisson)
    amysisson: Young adults struggling to survive in war-torn England -- although different wars (one real, one fictional) in different times! These books are different, yet I really feel that if you love one, you'll love the other.
  9. 20
    We Were Liars de E. Lockhart (amysisson)
    amysisson: Although ultimately the books are different, the love felt by the viewpoint characters seems similar, and there is a certain unusual poetic quality to the writing. Both are glorious books.
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3*
This story took way too long for me to get into. I was having a hard time at first figuring out what year we were talking about in this story. There isn't a whole lot going for it to figure out when it is set except for a few hints about things like vehicles and then she mentions something about her cell phone after a few chapters. That set me up for a little confusion right off the bat.

I was okay with the whole falling in love with your cousin and having a relationship with them - they really in all actuality didn't even know each other at all before this so the relationship felt a bit different and I didn't feel any crazy shock and awe factor. This felt slightly overdone... did it have to be a cousin if they didn't even really know about each other until then? It feels like the author wanted us to react strongly to the story because of this but didn't play it up like it was supposed to be. I really didn't feel much of anything about the characters because you really were not able to figure out what either of them thought about the other since we are only in Daisy's head as the narrator and she is a bit of a smart alecky whelp.

I just couldn't figure out the main character Daisy. I'm not sure if she was supposed to be likeable at the beginning of the story but I definitely did not like her throughout the majority of the book. The vibe I caught from her at the beginning consisted of something like a teen who didn't want to care about anything and so was trying to show that she would hold you at arms length and have a snarky attitude at times, but in reality she really did care and that was why she acted the way she did and said the things she did in the way that she did. This didn't do anything for me though because the story was told through her perspective which more than anything became annoying because you just wanted to hear from someone with at least a half positive and less snarky attitude.

Finally, the way in which this story was written drove me half crazy. The sentence structure was ridiculously difficult to follow and I found myself having to read some parts aloud in a half ramble on sort of way without any form of punctuation as though it was a complete stream of conscious. I've read books like this which worked. This one did not. It's sometimes use of commas and punctuation in some sentences but not others as well as the occasional use of capitalized words that were supposed to be of significance but really weren't drove me crazy after half-way through (and this is short book). I feel like the author was trying to be really progressive with their writing and work here, but it just fell short and felt like they just hadn't done it very well compared to others written in the same style.

When all is said and done, I didn't mind the plot, but felt it should have been fleshed out more (several months and the development of a relationship develops in just 194 pages). I couldn't care less about any of the characters and was finally drawn into the story when Daisy and whats-her-face only girl cousin got shipped out to a different town because the Army or whatever wanted to use their house for some reason. I wanted to know if all cousins would find their way back to each other and back home. I think I felt a greater love for the dog, Jet, throughout the story compared to any characters though... Overall, this was just a 'Meh' book which I'll remember tid bits from but which never really made a full impression. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
This book had been languishing on my to read list for a long time. By the time I got to it I got the movie tie in edition. The average rating for this book is low and my Goodreads friends are all over the place with this one. I was hesitant to read it because I want all my books to be 5 or 4 star worthy. The description has so much that appealed to me though and it was available for borrowing and had been sitting in my apartment for a while and was short and looked as though it would be a fast read so I decided to try it.

I liked it. I don’t think it was a great book but I found it kind of addictive. I loved the complexity of the main character/narrator and how I could dislike her and like her at the same time. This story had a lot of what I love in books: dystopian, adventure, love, young characters, a young character taking care of an even younger character, people learning to be self-sufficient, trauma and mental illnesses. I was not expecting/remembering about the speculative fiction paranormal aspect but it was a relatively minor part of the narrative and I enjoyed it.

3-1/2 stars ( )
  Lisa2013 | Feb 18, 2021 |
Excellent read. Further review to come. ( )
  JCanausa | Feb 1, 2021 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2008]

**Winner of 3 Awards and yet, for me, lacks some finishing touches**

Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2004, the Michael L. Printz Award 2005, and the Brandford Boase Award 2005. It's an original and ambitious novel, portraying the horrors of 21st-century warfare for a generation of young readers who, whilst constantly hearing about wars, mostly feel quite removed from the experience. On this level, it succeeds really well. It's an eye-opener to see the Western world depicted as a war zone, with all the horrors of modern warfare brought vividly to life for younger readers.

The essential story is of fifteen-year-old New Yorker, Daisy, sent to live with her aunt and cousins in the English countryside - impossible relations with her stepmother in NY have led to an ongoing battle with anorexia and Daisy's dad has sent her overseas. Dasiy feels right at home and part of the family almost immediately, and forms an especially close bond with her cousin, Edmond, whom she soons realises she is in love with. Then war breaks out. The children are fending for themselves as Aunt Penn is trapped overseas. Some months pass by as they are left quite undisturbed on their small farm... But then some soldiers arrive to occupy the farm and they find themselves separated. Daisy and her youngest cousin, nine-year-old Piper are sent off in one direction and the boys, Osbert and twins Edmond and Isaac, are sent in another. From here the children's experience of the war becomes more immediate, as they witness horrific aspects of war (described in quite graphic detail), and ultimately they set off to find each other and hopefully be reunited again.

BUT, and there is a big "but" - it takes a while to get into Meg Rosoff's writing style, and I'm not altogether sure that we should want to get used to her style of writing speech. There is a complete lack of speech marks in any form and speech in the novel is identified by beginning the phrase or words being spoken with a capital letter. Is this a good example to set to young people, who might think it's acceptable to copy this style in their GCSEs? Could be confusing for some students. I do have a bit of a problem with 14-year-old cigarette smoking, car-driving Edmond, and the underage sex is a bit of an issue also, especially being between cousins. So, not really a novel for young teens. The other problem I have is that the characterisations and descriptions of the English countryside, not to mention the names, are more in keeping with an England of 60+ years ago. This is unfortunate as the novel is actually set in the modern day, with email, mobile phones etc.

It's overall a good, short, very readable introduction to the horrors of war, as well as highlighting Daisy's very personal battle with her eating disorder. However, it does have shortcomings and in a way doesn't quite come across as 'finished'. Worth reading but... ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 20, 2020 |
I just could not finish this; the cousins are sleeping together! Ew! I'm at the part where they have been separated from each other and I'm thinking this is a really good thing. I wonder how the movie dealt with this issue? ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
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Fifteen-year-old Daisy, an anorexic, acerbic New Yorker, falls instantly in love with her English cousins' farm and with her English cousin Edmond. Idyllic love story abruptly becomes horrific survival tale when an unnamed enemy power invades the country. A captivating and deeply satisfying first novel. Review 9/04.

"How I Live Now." The Horn Book Magazine Jan.-Feb. 2005: 16.
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To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

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