How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

How I live now

‘’How I live now’’: A beautiful story. It is an easy read, because it is a gripping story and the main characters are a bit strange but interesting too.
The story begins on a normal day in London, but the more you read, the more you discover that it is not a normal story at all. Love is one of the main themes: not only the forbidden love between Daisy and her cousin Edmond, but also the love for family. Daisy is from New York and goes to her family in London because of the war, and the more you read, the more you notice that Daisy loves her cousins. Especially her love for Piper, the youngest, and the way she wants to protect her.

For teenagers, it’s impossible not to like this book. A curious, special story, about a group of teenagers and the way they survive the war. How they try to stay together, and how later they survive separated from each other. Daisy’s aunt goes away for business and the children stay at home alone. At first they like it very much, but the longer this goes on, the more they see that it doesn’t work without an adult. At a certain point they all have to be separated: Piper and Daisy have to go to another house, the boys have to stay behind.  It makes you feel sad, even the end, when they come together again, which you can interpret as happy but also as a sad ending because the war has changed everything. But it also makes you remember the book, it isn’t a book you read and then forget, it really stays in your head.

One thing that can be annoying is the writing-style. Daisy, the main character, tells the reader everything from her perspective. While reading, you see that Daisy isn’t a normal girl, she has a lot of weird thoughts, which is normally very funny. For example the reason why she refuses to eat anything: she’s scared that her stepmother will poison her. And when she and Edmond are separated, she ‘’meets’’ him in her head. It is weird, but also funny and beautiful, because you get to know her private thoughts. But because of that, the writing-style is a bit vague, without punctuation and long sentences. It is something you like or something really annoying, you just have to read and get used to it. On the other hand, it makes that you imagine what Daisy thinks. You really feel her, it feels like you are her, like you witness everything. I think that is what the writer intended.

When you read the last sentence, you will understand the title. Daisy tells us how she lives now: her special relationship with Edmond, and how they work in the garden together, growing plants. This is not everything, but this shows that they are trying to go on, to forget the war and to rebuild their lives. A very beautiful ending.

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