Every War Has Turning Points And Every Person Too 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 EnemyAs Power Fails, And Systems Fail, The Farm Becomes 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 The world has gone mad What is there to add While the book was a bit overly simplistic, there was something endearing about it The 4 stars is for the unorthodox punctuation.Q Every war has turning points and every person too c Q If you haven t been in a war and are wondering how long it takes to get used to losing everything you think you need or love, I can tell you the answer is no time at all c Q I noticed that once you realize someone s watching you it s pretty hard not to find yourself watching them back c Q Staying alive was what we did to pass the time c Q I didn t seem to have that effect on anyone but it would have been a waste for both of us to be saints c Q The real truth is that the war didn t have much to do with it except that it provided a perfect limbo in which two people who were too young and too related could start kissing without anything or anyone making us stop c Q I was pretty far gone, but not so far gone that I thought anyone with half a toehold in reality would think what we were doing was a good idea c Q Fighting back is what I ve discovered I do best Q some people are lonely for all the right reasons c Q 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 c I spent a while considering how I would rate this book, but finally decided on a full 5 5 rating, and here s why It troubles me greatly that so many readers can t see past the unconventional relationship between our protagonist and her cousin, because it so wholly isn t what the book is about That s the only real downfall of How I live Now unfortunately, Meg Rosoff seemed to target her book towards an audience too immature to realize that this novel is a novel about SURVIVAL It s a novel about how people change when faced with hardship and how people can come together in the oddest of ways It s about family It s about love It s about hate Meg Rosoff has a unique gift of just giving the reader the bare bones of a story that is to say, no surnames are given, little background about the characters is revealed in depth, the enemy is referred to solely as just that, The Enemy and still making a profound impact This is a novel about people and our determination to survive even in the face of hopelessness Stylistically, this book is stunning The prose is insightful and puzzling, but necessary given the circumstances of the novel Finally, a book which reads as if the narrator is actually recalling events, rather than the artificially produced recollection of events and conversations, verbatim, which we have grown so used to.I sincerely hope that people reading this book will start focusing on the beauty of the story the prose, the characters, the structure which is at once remarkably simplistic and stunningly complex and stop focusing on details which are not entirely pertinent to the story at large. In all fairness, I had plenty of warning I d read Tatiana s review so I should have been well prepared.Conventional wisdom states that when cousins get freaky, you re likely to end up with something like this image error takes some balls for a white woman to claim that she s the only one who can write diversity properly.she wears her privilege like a pimp wears his furs.but the best part tho is the bit where she says that when anyone else writes diverse characters, it s an agenda, which has no place in young adult literature, according to her.no, for real.that s literally what she said.so fuck your needs, people this white lady s ragey pootling is all the diversity you or your kids will ever require.s cool tho some of her best friends are black.
Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and had three or four careers in publishing and advertising before she moved to London in 1989, where she lives now with her husband and daughter Formerly a Young Adult author, Meg has earned numerous prizes including the highest American and British honors for YA fiction the Michael L Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal.
- 208 pages
- How I Live Now
- Meg Rosoff
- 02 December 2018 Meg Rosoff