Title- How I live Now.
Author- Meg Rosoff.
Publish date- 2004.
Publisher- Penguin AU.
(A brief) Synopsis:
Daisy, a teenager from America, is sent to live with her cousins in the UK. She spends increasingly peaceful days with this new family, then a horrifying war breaks out.
Image Credit: Penguin AU.
Though this was, by no means, a long novel, I didn't feel as if it was rushed at any one moment, or (alternately) that scenes/occurrences could've happened over a lengthier time. It felt, more than anything else, as if I was having a secret told to me, and eventually I found myself having trouble (a minimum amount of trouble, but still) figuring out if the sense of dread, even the belief that the war I felt so much fear for was happening here and now, and I was the one stranded in it. Then I would remember, all of a sudden, that Daisy and not I was the one facing it... that was a perplexing experience, to say the least. A little frightening.
How I live Now was spectacular in it's honesty, in the unlikable-likability of it's protagonist and narrator, the way it filled me with a powerful dread, tugged me into the very story itself- a story that, at it's core, terrified me.
Because I felt so connected to the characters, it was as if I was a part of the story, like I was there at Daisy's side, fighting to get home, and so it feels, afterwards, as if I battled a lot in the time I was reading- I faced fears and learnt that it's so much harder to be triumphant than you might imagine. I realised that hope is far more necessary than I previously could've imagined, and you have to face mistakes.
Rating: Big Explosion, MIND BLOWN.
I learnt a lot whilst submerged in How I live Now, and I only hope there will be more lessons to learn when I next return to it's pages.