“Every war has turning points and every person too.”
If you have watched the film, you know what this book is about: young people dealing with the consequences of war and the actions of those around them. It’s a heart-breaking story of a very unfortunate girl who is caught in the middle of a terrible situation and how she manages to survive through it all.
Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from America to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. And the next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy. Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.
Just like “The Catcher in the Rye”, this book might not please everyone due to its unusual aesthetic features such as the lack of commas, long sentences and the way the dialogues are spread throughout the text. However, it is perfect in the surprisingly easy way the reader can know who is speaking and, at the same time, recognize when the narration has continued without ever having to think twice about it.
Meg Rosoff’s writing is seemingly unstoppable and careless and that is exactly what makes it special in so many ways. As soon as I started this book, I was unable to put it down – and I didn’t try to, not even when the descriptions got so raw and sickening I had to breathe in and out slowly to calm down. Then the beautiful images came – to contrast with the horrid scenes a war can display in the most unexpected places; to bring into practice what we call in ‘writing’ the “tension-release” method in such a mesmerizing way.
“How I Live Now” is like a scale in balance. On one of the plates, we have the weight of war and all its consequences. On the other, Daisy’s refreshing humour and her unforeseen love for Edmond. As a result, we have a brilliant book in our hands and God did I wish it was just a little bit longer.
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