How I Live Now

How I Live Now

Book - 2004
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"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.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2004.
ISBN: 9780553376050
Characteristics: 194 p.


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Oct 04, 2019

I 100% loved it just loved it.

TSCPL_Miranda Mar 24, 2019

I love the premise of this book, the story of a group of young people who are on their own without grown-ups, sharing some really lovely moments, until the world around them fell apart in war. Purely subjectively, though, the narrative style of this book, with its run-on lines and lack of dialogue tags, is just not my favorite. I also felt like overall, I just got a glimpse into this world, and it wasn't enough. I loved the characters, but didn't get to know them very well. The book left me wanting.

Mar 02, 2019

I probably would have liked this book if it weren't for the super inappropriate romance that made the whole book hard to stomach.

Here’s a good one: dystopian, future-setting, fictional world war 3, psychedelic drugs, and a questionable relationship between a teenage girl and her distant (?) cousin J. Plus, the main character travels from New York to England and then it’s all about England while she’s there – double travel! What could be better? (submitted by JM)

TSCPL_MegP May 26, 2016

I loved this book. Did we all have the same fantasy as teenagers, that we are abandoned in a beautiful Neverland without adult supervision until the world collapsed around us?

Aug 19, 2015

This is one of the most interesting books I've read. It makes me want to explore and travel in Europe.

Indigo_Cobra_8 May 10, 2015

The unique narration and brevity of this book is so great. The plot is the type that will reveal more and more holes the more you think about it, so I definitely wouldn't read this for a realistic portrayal of international world affairs. However, I love the tiny bits of paranormal elements and the sense of family, I love the messy angst and colorful spots of imagery.

Jan 15, 2015

I have not stopped thinking about this book, even months after having read it. I couldn't put it down. It is a fascinating and memorable read.

Nov 16, 2014

what did i just read? This book is highly inappropriate not they way things are described but with the content of the book, she is sleeping with her cousin does anyone else not realize how wrong that is?

Jun 17, 2014


Any book about war is always poignant! vivid imagery!

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Mar 15, 2014

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Jun 09, 2014

It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and a perfect love between Two Children Against the World at an Extreme Time in History....


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