How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff | Book Review | World War
A lot has already been said about the How I Live Now Book by Meg Rosoff.
I will share my notes and highlights and wrap up in few words.
I pick up the How I Live Now book because this one has won the Printz Award and I was kind of reading the Printz Award-winning books.
There is a movie coming too.
But here, I am going to talk about the How I Live Now book, not the movie.
The blurb of How I Live Now Book
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.
What I Liked
What I liked the most is first few chapters of the book 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.
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- 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 day 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. Meg Rosoff 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!!!)
The theme of the book
War is the theme so it really shows the destruction and caused it to cause in their lives.
In the end, Daisy’s father uses his contacts and brings back her daughter. After the war is over and communication starts, she goes back to search the motivation to Live Know.
As the Pornokitsch.com put in the review:
How I Live Now book is provocative, and the writing somehow manages to be both graceful and brutal. Its primary lesson, ultimately, is that less is more – having the simple, important things is all we need. It is therefore a slight shame that the book is also let down by an unnecessary layer of complexity.
The End and Recommendation
So go and read the book, you will not be disappointed.
But beware of the ending.
The war is the in the backdrop, real story is something you have to explore yourself.
I do not want to spoil the story for you.