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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff


‘It’s a shame, starting out your first day on the planet as a murderer but there you go, I didn’t have much choice at the time. Still, I could live quite happily without the labels I picked up because of it. Murderer or Poor Motherless Lamb.’- from How I Live Now.

Daisy’s tumultuous life gets even more complicated when she visits her aunt and cousins in rural England. In a strange place, with family she has never met before, she finds herself getting smothered by emotions she didn’t think herself capable of. When war breaks out and the cousins are left to fend for themselves, Daisy finds new bonds forming. With her father and stepmother an ocean away, she finds normalcy in an abnormal situation. While Piper brings out the nurturing instinct in Daisy, her relationship with her cousin Edmond confuses her. Edmond can read her thoughts and their feelings towards each other are very unconventional. In world rocking with uncertainty, conflict and struggle, the cousins learn the art of survival.

Meg Rosoff’s debut novel is a poignant saga of five children. Scarred by the repercussions of war, these children find solace in familial love. Each character reaches out and connects deeply with the reader. Written in Daisy’s teenage voice, the novel presents astonishing insights into the mind of a troubled teenager. The monotonic tone used, gives a realistic touch to the narrative. Daisy with her sarcasm and disenchantment, Edmond and Isaac with their worldliness and Piper with her gentle warmth, showcase the different facets in a young adult’s life. Meg’s writing is impeccable and her descriptive prose gives life to the story, taking the reader from the concrete jungle of  New York to the undulating English countryside. The complex teenage emotions are handled deftly, making the reader understand and sympathise with protagonists.

Through tears and heartache, unconditional love and optimism, this novel is bound to have a lasting impact on young adults and adults alike.

A must read!!!

‘…….staying alive in a country deformed and misshapen by war. I know all about those conditions, only this time they’re outside of me. And anyways, fighting back is what I’ve discovered I do best…….And that’s how I live now.’- from How I Live Now.


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on January 10, 2016 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult and tagged , .
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