How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

Fifteen year old Daisy is sent from New York to the English countryside to live with her cousins, who she’s never met.     She’s just settling into her life there when an Enemy attacks Britain, and the kids are cut off by themselves in their country home.    At first, their life is exciting, but then the war comes to them.

This is the kind of book I often hate – told in a first person, extremely stream of conscious voice.   In this case, the story is so compelling, and the voice makes so much sense because of the circumstances, that I had to keep reading, to find out what ultimately happened to Daisy.    It’s a really fascinating little book – a bit darker than I would have expected for Young Adult, but also a really thought provoking look at the new reality of the kind of war we now could face.

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