How I Live Now

How I Live Now

Audiobook CD - 2005
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To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land
Publisher: New York : Random House Listening Library, p2005
ISBN: 9780307207234
0307207234
Branch Call Number: YCD YF Ros
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4.25 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Guest, Kim Mai - Performer

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artemishi
Oct 17, 2014

How I Live Now is unlike anything else I've read, in the best possible way. It's a story about brokenness, at its core. Daisy is a very real narrator- her voice is so teenage-self-centered and urban-naive that I had no problem believing any of the fantastical parts of this book.

I also love the way that her first-person narration made the details of the larger world irrelevant- the war is only relevant in how it affects Daisy immediately, not who is doing what and why. That contributed to the very realistic feel of this fictional contemporary war.

I also love the romance in this story, for its realness. That's odd to say, given the fantastical elements of the story, but at its core this book is SO REAL. Especially with the end, which reminded me of my uncles' experiences in Vietnam, and broke my heart a little.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys: YA, contemporary stories, coming-of-age, female protagonists, realistic romance, post-apocalyptic survival, paranormal/supernatural elements, and the English countryside.
It's a quick read, and has so many multi-genre elements, I really think everyone should read it.

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nidofito
Apr 01, 2014

Really enjoyed the tone of the book and how it changed as Daisy matured and struggled to survive with Piper in a war stricken English countryside. You can sense a certain peace or calmness in Daisy that she didn't have at the beginning while she was fighting with the world as a teenager. I liked how she was the one starving for love at the beginning but at the end she was the one giving and just goes to show her character development over the course of the book.

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ElectricMayhem
Nov 10, 2011

This was sort of an odd story, since it is about cousins who fall in love, but it was still engrossing and lyrical. The audio was done well.

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