Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

How I Live Now (2004)

by Meg Rosoff

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3,3372121,631 (3.78)199
  1. 60
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (VaterOlsen)
  2. 82
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (writemeg)
    writemeg: Another powerful look at the effects of war on the young.
  3. 40
    The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (tmspinks)
    tmspinks: Similar 'apocalypse comes to sleepy England' theme, but with a more SF edge.
  4. 40
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (francescadefreitas)
  5. 30
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (HoldenCarver)
  6. 41
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Repelsteeltje)
  7. 52
    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (_Zoe_)
  8. 30
    Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden (selkie_girl, meggyweg)
    selkie_girl: Teenagers are caught in the middle of a war and decide to fight back.
  9. 10
    Code Name Verity by 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.
  10. 21
    Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (wonderlake)
    wonderlake: Strong female teenagers traverse war-torn environments in the near future
  11. 10
    We Were Liars by 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.
  12. 10
    Exodus by Julie Bertagna (erickandow)
  13. 10
    The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (sanddancer)
  14. 00
    I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan (faither)
    faither: Similar writing styles.
  15. 00
    The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (wonderlake)
    wonderlake: teenage girls coming of age in a day after tomorrow scenario
  16. 00
    A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard (kaledrina)
  17. 13
    Flowers In The Attic by V. C. Andrews (gaialover)
    gaialover: Similar incest among young relatives in a bad situation scenario.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 199 mentions

English (208)  Dutch (2)  Spanish (1)  French (1)  All (212)
Showing 1-5 of 208 (next | show all)
An unnerving read - the comforting familiarity of the English countryside, but in a world where civilisation has faltered due to war. I found it hard to put down.

But I do feel the pedantic need to point out that there's no way you'd be picking tomatoes from an English garden in May, however nice the weather. ;-) ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
I loved this book, and would happily recommend it to anyone wanting a thought provoking read, especially as we seem to stand teetering on the brink of war and conflict all the time. It makes us think, how might we cope, how might the children? I found the unconventional nature of the narrative compelling, somehow drawing me in as a reader rather than being off-putting as I have read in so many reviews. Be prepared for stream-of-consciousness prose, with untagged dialogue when reading this book, and simply let it carry you along. I believe it's when we can't step outside the 'expected' that our enjoyment of uniqueness is spoiled. ( )
  cedargrove | Jun 24, 2017 |
I liked the book pretty much. Meg Rosoff tends to use a lot of run-on sentences, so the ideas and thoughts sound somewhat confusing. She writes in first-person which does help to sound like a teenager telling the story. ( )
  trc2017 | Apr 13, 2017 |
This story is beautiful and has a great storyline. This is one of my new all time favorite book. It teaches you about living life and that sometimes not caring about the world can keep you safe until the last moment.
  ejlesny | Jan 5, 2017 |
No, just no....
This writing style gave me headache. It sucked the fun out of reading and lost me at page 1. I pushed myself to page 120 and unfortunately, just could not continue. The story was very slow and I never felt connected to any of the characters.

I think I've come to the conclusion that witty is a cringe worthy word for me. I just can't grasp jokes in the time of war. I prefer my books to rip emotion from my soul, but this one just wrecked havoc on my mind. I am still confused by the narrative style.

Wanted to love it, but in my opinion, it was an epic fail ( )
  ReadersCandyb | Oct 7, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 208 (next | show all)
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.
added by kthomp25 | editHorn Book
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Debby
First words
My name is Elizabeth but no one's ever called me that.
You can imagine it was the social event of the day, everyone competing for the worst piece of news.
All in all I felt a little guilty about the fact that while us kids had been living the Life of Riley, a whole bunch of other people had been scurrying around like lunatics trying to keep the Social Fabric from Unraveling and my personal belief was that there were too many problems to think about and not enough people to sort them out.
Staying alive was what we did to pass the time.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
An American girl is sent to stay with her English cousins for the summer. Their lives are torn apart when World War III breaks out and their aunt disappears.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553376055, Paperback)

Possibly one of the most talked about books of the year, Meg Rosoff's novel for young adults is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2004. Heralded by some as the next best adult crossover novel since Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, who himself has given the book a thunderously good quote, this author's debut is undoubtedly stylish, readable and fascinating.

Rosoff's story begins in modern day London, slightly in the future, and as its heroine has a 15-year-old Manhattanite called Daisy. She's picked up at the airport by Edmond, her English cousin, a boy in whose life she is destined to become intricately entwined. Daisy stays at her Aunt Penn's country farmhouse for the summer with Edmond and her other cousins. They spend some idyllic weeks together--often alone with Aunt Penn away travelling in Norway. Daisy's cousins seem to have an almost telepathic bond, and Daisy is mesmerized by Edmond and soon falls in love with him.

But their world changes forever when an unnamed aggressor invades England and begins a years-long occupation. Daisy and Edmond are separated when soldiers take over their home, and Daisy and Piper, her younger cousin, must travel to another place to work. Their experiences of occupation are never kind and Daisy's pain, living without Edmond, is tangible.

Rosoff's writing style is both brilliant and frustrating. Her descriptions are wonderful, as is her ability to portray the emotions of her characters. However, her long sentences and total lack of punctuation for dialogue can be exhausting. Her narrative is deeply engaging and yet a bit unbelievable. The end of the book is dramatic, but too sudden. The book has a raw, unfinished feel about it, yet that somehow adds to the experience of reading it. (Age 14 and over) --John McLay

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:11 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

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. "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 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.… (more)

» see all 6 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
50 avail.
187 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.78)
0.5 5
1 28
1.5 9
2 69
2.5 22
3 208
3.5 91
4 361
4.5 65
5 272

Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141318015, 0141045477

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 118,504,684 books! | Top bar: Always visible