Book Review: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

2 Oct

I know, I haven’t done a book review in a while. I’ve been reading, but nothing that I’ve felt the need to review. Finally I have. I never would have picked this book out but a close friend of mine kept telling me about how great this book was, so I decided to give it a go. I’m not going to lie, I was a little apprehensive. Mainly because it was classified under the ‘Children’s’ section of the iBookstore (no, I don’t read on iPad, I sometimes read the first chapter though). Boy, was I wrong. This book is amazing, deep and incredibly thoughtful.

The plot follows fifteen-year old Daisy who lives in New York. Her mother died when she gave birth to her and her dad, who has remarried has now sent her away to the English countryside for the summer with cousins that she’s never even met before. She think she knows all about love but when she meets some knew people and really falls in love, her world will be turned upside down. To add to all of this there’s a war going on, Yes, this is a very deep book.

Rosoff has written it with such an inventive style that is strikingly unique and she’s created something quite memorable here. The writing matures along with Daisy and it can really display the breadth of emotions that Daisy is feeling. The fact that it’s classified as a ‘children’s’ book is ludicrous. There’s a lot of themes in it that I certainly didn’t read about when I was a child and I don’t think I’d recommend it to many other children.

It’s adventurous, affecting, deep and original. A truly great story and one that you won’t forget any time soon.  The blurb and the cover might put you off but give it a go. I find it hard to believe that someone won’t like it.

Score: 4.5/5

3 Responses to “Book Review: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff”

  1. Sari October 2, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I too have read this book and thought that it was amazing! Daisy becomes such a strong character as she overcomes her own afflictions when she is left to care for Piper in a middle of a war. Great review!

  2. tommyp123 October 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    couldn’t agree more 🙂

    • aculturedlad October 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks for the comment!

      I really enjoyed this book 🙂

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