How I Live Now

Meg Rosoff | Goodreads | At Amazon @ 350 Rs Only | My rating: 5 of 5 stars | Quotes from the book. |

| Number of Pages : 194 | Published on November 30th, 2004 by Wendy Lamb Book |

Awards (acc. to Goodreads info) : Orange Prize Nominee for New Writers (2005), Michael L. Printz Award (2005), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Nominee for Jugendbuch (2006), Branford Boase Award (2005), Boston Author’s Club Young Reader Award (2005), North East Teenage Book Award Nominee (2005), Bronzener Lufti (2006).

Blurb : Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.
As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.
A riveting and astonishing story.

A lot has already been said about the book. I will share my notes and highlights and wrap up in few words. I pick up the book because of the Printz award. Finished it in two sitting. Within the time of nearly two months.
I enjoyed the book a lot.

The things that break your heart when you think there’s nothing left to break.

What I liked the most is first few chapters before the War starts. The fun cousins having, the games they played and the teasing. Cousins do all that sort of things and they are lovely. Daisy is new so she takes some time to adjust but cousins make her comfortable. Edmund makes her more than comfortable tbh.
War starts and the survival story began.

If you’ve ever worn the same clothes day and night for weeks, you’ll know how amazing it feels when you make your skin silky and smooth again, and how happy you can be just cutting your fingernails and scrubbing the dirt out of your hands and feet with good soap that smells like roses and then putting on clean clothes and brushing your CLEAN hair and letting it dry all soft and whispery-sounding in the sun.

Daisy is with Piper and Boys separates from them. We follow Daisy. They stay at some General house, at an army base, travel to search their brothers, come back to their home, and hide in a BARN. Do this in a war. Piper’s knowledge of plants helps them a plot. Piper and Daisy are so different yet they get together while in the country people were fighting to each other.


I hated doing it but I COULD do it and I guess that was the difference between us.
(Note: difference between D and P)


And Piper because she was so good and pure that when she was confused about what was going on she just stood and stared at your face until you either told her the truth or ran away and hid. Neither of us was anxious to tell her the truth so most of the time we hid.
(Note: piper character)


There also going an incestuous love of Daisy and Edmond, with an age difference too. It starts the second say Daisy arrives. Requited of course, but it starts physically and war grows it in something deep.

Well what do you know? Every war has its silver lining

Daisy’s tone is humorous even at the war of the time, which, if seen with the context, shows that she is tough and strong. But I was expecting some sort of back story, which not happened. I was pretty sure at some moments that Daisy has some anorexic story. Writer never used the words though.

It was the first time in as long as I could remember that hunger wasn’t a punishment or a crime or a weapon or a mode of self-destruction
(Note: D is Anorexic!!!)

This is a story of love and support you found at difficult of time, even Wars.


because the sun was shining and it was a beautiful walk, war or no war.


Things Happen and once they start happening you pretty much just have to hold on for dear life and see where they drop you when they stop.


We couldn’t go on. We went on. Staying alive was what we did to pass the time.


War is the theme so it really shows the destruction and havoc it cause in  their lives.  In the end, Daisy’s father use his contacts and brings back her daughter. After war is over and communication starts, she goes back to search the motivation to Live Know.

Buy this book only in Rs 350 on Amazon. But beware of the ending,

You don’t always get a chance to choose the kind of news you get.

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