How I Live Now

How I Live Now

Book - 2004
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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 : Wendy Lamb Books, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780385746779
Characteristics: 194 pages ; 22 cm


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Here’s a good one: dystopian, future-setting, fictional world war 3, psychedelic drugs, and a questionable relationship between a teenage girl and her distant (?) cousin J. Plus, the main character travels from New York to England and then it’s all about England while she’s there – double travel! What could be better? (submitted by JM)

TSCPL_MegP May 26, 2016

I loved this book. Did we all have the same fantasy as teenagers, that we are abandoned in a beautiful Neverland without adult supervision until the world collapsed around us?

Aug 19, 2015

This is one of the most interesting books I've read. It makes me want to explore and travel in Europe.

Indigo_Cobra_8 May 10, 2015

The unique narration and brevity of this book is so great. The plot is the type that will reveal more and more holes the more you think about it, so I definitely wouldn't read this for a realistic portrayal of international world affairs. However, I love the tiny bits of paranormal elements and the sense of family, I love the messy angst and colorful spots of imagery.

Jan 15, 2015

I have not stopped thinking about this book, even months after having read it. I couldn't put it down. It is a fascinating and memorable read.

Nov 16, 2014

what did i just read? This book is highly inappropriate not they way things are described but with the content of the book, she is sleeping with her cousin does anyone else not realize how wrong that is?

Jun 17, 2014


Any book about war is always poignant! vivid imagery!

Mar 15, 2014

All kinds of adjectives I wouldn't have expected to apply to this book apply: sparse, stylish, unique, lush, heartbreaking, messy, gorgeous, real. This is a writer with something to say and her protagonist knows how to say it, never too much and never too little and always in her own way. You will never forget her or her world.

Nov 12, 2012

Woah. What did I just read? I guess the highest compliment you can pay a book is to say that you walked around all dazed in real life afterwards. I put this off for such a long time because it had such a "buzz" I thought it was an adult book (it's a teen read. YA. In with all the vampire crud. The world is mad) and I thought it was Good For You. I was expecting Michael Ondaatje x Anne Frank and I got Narnia, Canticle For Leibowitz, Famous Five, Lord of the Flies, Judy Blume, and Wrinkle in Time. All written in the style of Meg Cabot or Rachel Caine, ignore that. Also ignore the world's worst-named heroine "Daisy", there was never a less Daisyish woman. I'm amazed by the brevity of this writer, it's really only a few lines describing a memorable love story, a few more lines for somebody's anorexia, but the important things are all there. It's a classic.

Nov 28, 2011

Not bad, but pales in comparison to John Marsden's Tomorrow series.

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Mar 15, 2014

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Jun 09, 2014

It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and a perfect love between Two Children Against the World at an Extreme Time in History....


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