Sunday, August 21, 2016

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Product DetailsI found the cover intriguing and anyone who reads my blog knows that I have a weakness for YA novels.

This is the story of Elizabeth, aka Daisy.   She is sent by her father, from New York, to live with her Aunt and cousins in the UK.    The world appears to be on the brink of war, but far off in the English countryside, Daisy and her cousins seem largely unconcerned by the world's problems.  Her Aunt has to travel for work and is away when the bombs start to hit.  Although the countryside remains largely unaffected,  Daisy's Aunt is unable to make it home, leaving the children to their own devices.

The war in the story is very vague.  Who is the enemy?  Why are they fighting?   And the relationships are convoluted at best.   I thought that this story had a really interesting premise but I couldn't get past some of the issues that appear in the plot line.   Daisy and Poppy get separated from the others.   They belabor them getting back to the farm FOREVER and then, once that happens, the plot line skips entirely.   I was very disappointed in this one.  2 stars.

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