Friday, December 21, 2012

Book Review: How I Live Now

Title How I Live Now

Author Meg Rosoff

Release Date November 30, 2004

“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.

The number of things I disliked outweigh the number of things that I actually liked. I always hate writing negative reviews, but I know that sometimes it must be done.

The writing style irritated me more than anything else about the book. Between the run-on sentences and lack of punctuation, I thought I'd pull my hair out by the end of the book. Overall, I felt like I was reading a draft of a book rather than a finished book.

The whole storyline was just... lacking depth. It didn't seem like anything was fleshed out. The reader is left wondering about so many details
that it doesn't even seem like your reading a book rather than just random snippets of some girl's life. The vagueness of everything was so frustrating that I'm not sure why I bothered finishing the book.

The ending was abrupt and weird, but I guess that fits in with the rest of the book rather nicely. I'm not sure why I thought the ending should have been any different from the rest of the book.

There were a few scenes
that I did enjoy. It seemed like those scenes came from a completely different book, one that I'd actually want to read.


2 stars out of 5

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