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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
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Jun 27, 07

bookshelves: youngadultnovels, adultfiction
Recommended for: Not for the faint of heart

This book is considered young adult, but I would not hesitate to shelve it as an adult book. It's a quick read and it is almost impossible to put down. Daisy is an american teen sent to live with extended family over in England. The time is present day, though it could be the future, and at the beginning of the book the ominous presence of war looms in the background. When Daisy reaches her cousins, I can't remember why their mother is away but she is, war breaks out and literally arrives in their back yard. Daisy can't get home and no one can get to them. The children are left to survive on their own. A torrid affair between Daisy and her cousin Edmund begins and eventually Daisy, whose anorexic, goes from choosing to starve herself to actually starving. I won't say anymore about the plot and while it sounds like a VC Andrews novel it is written in a way that somehow keeps it from going over the top. Not a light summer read!
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