Friday, July 10, 2009

How I Live Now

I thought I should probably get around to writing down my thoughts about Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now before I forget them completely!

This is a book that got loads of attention in the blogoshpere at one point, one of those that everyone was reading and it consistently got good reviews. Perhaps my expectations were set a bit too high because of this and I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, nor as much as I wanted to.

The story is about American Daisy, who is sent over to England to stay with her cousins for a while and ends up having to live through war and occupation as England is invaded by an unnamed enemy. The cousins are separated as soldiers take over their house and are all sent off to work. Obviously the situations they have to live through are horrible and they need to all do a bit of growing to manage.

The storyline is interesting and after reading and absolutely loving Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It, I really, really thought I'd enjoy this. But. I did NOT like Daisy at all. I thought she was whiny and two-dimensional and I didn't really care what happened to her. Or to her cousins. And the relationship between her and cousing Edmond, with whom she falls in love, just creeped me out. It just seemed implausible and stretched and, well, creepy.

The ending was abrupt and didn't explain as much as I wanted to. I ended up feeling cheated!

Maybe I missed something, but I have to admit that I was very disappointed. Anyone else??

Challenges: A-Z, Dewey's Books, It's the End of the World

4 comments:

Anna said...

Sorry this one was disappointing. I haven't read either of those books, but I've had my eye on Life As We Knew It for a while now.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Charley said...

It took me a while to get into this book, but I ended up liking it very much. I didn't love Daisy either, but I thought Piper was so cute.

Kailana said...

It took me a while to get into this book, but I did like it in the end. I wouldn't say I loved it, though. And, despite the fact I only read it last year, I bought it before it was hyped and apparently missed all of the hype, so I didn't even know what it was about really when I started it...

joanna said...

Anna - that one was great!

Charley - Piper WAS cute. :-)

Kailana - that must have been nice, not knowing anything about the plot...