how i live now- Meg Rosoff

I don’t know why I waited so long to write my review of how i live now by Meg Rosoff, but here it is.

I went into reading this book knowing very little about it.  I knew that it was a Printz award winner, and that was it.  I enjoyed the book overall.  It follows an American teen girl to England where she stays with cousins.  While there a war breaks out and the rest of the story deals with that.  I liked that the war is very generic- there is no explanation as to who is involved or why.  Instead the book focuses on the effect the war has on the characters.  My one major complaint was the incestuous relationship that evolves.  I don’t want to spoil much so I won’t mention who its between etc- but it just seemed strange and unnecessary to me.

I see this book appealing more to females than males but it is not overly feminine.  I will include it in my classroom library but don’t think I will ever use it as a whole class assignment.  It is appropriate for 9-12th grades.


WINNER 2005 – Michael L. Printz Award Winner
NOMINEE – Los Angeles Times Book Prize
WINNER – Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Prize
WINNER – Branford Boase Award
WINNER 2005 – ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER – Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author
WINNER – Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice
WINNER – Kirkus Reviews Editor Choice Award
WINNER – Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year
WINNER – Horn Book Fanfare
NOMINEE 2005 – Orange Prize for New Writers

Summer Reading Update: 6/25

Yesterday I finished reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I really enjoyed it!  I will elaborate in a future review.

For now, here is my update:

Summer Reading Update:

Total books for summer: 3

Summer Reading Update: 6/23

I’m posting after midnight so the date may not correspond with the title, but I’m talking about 6/23 so I’m keeping it.

Today I decided as a reward for cleaning my entire apartment- which was a major endeavor, I could go to Panera.  So I packed up Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and off I went.  I am enjoying the book a lot so far.  I am a little more than half done after reading for about two solid hours.  I think I might aim to finish that tomorrow.

I also realized I never wrote up a review for How I Live Now so I will be doing that as well.

Tuesday I bought two or three new books- is it bad I can’t remember?  Anyways I will give you the low down on those titles as well.  Next week Friday and Sunday I will be spending at least 8 hours in a car, so maybe I will knock out some books!

Tell me, what are you reading now?

Push- Sapphire

Push by Sapphire has received a lot of attention after being turned into the award-winning movie “Precious.”  I picked a copy of it up at a bookstore a few months ago and then forgot about it.  I’m glad I read it now though.  I had a feeling I would like the book but was not prepared for the way in which it was written. The novel is written from Precious’ point of view and is written as if she wrote it- and as a girl severely lacking in reading and writing skills this means that there are phonetic spellings, lots of swearing, and also slang.  I did find it easy to follow though and read it rather quickly.

I think this is a great book for English teachers to read because it reminds us of what deficiencies our students may be coming to us with that we might not think of.  i.e. the inability to read or write.  Due to the graphic descriptions of rape, incest, and abuse I would be hesitant to use this in my classroom.  I think it has a message that could be discussed, but having worked with students coming from this type of a background themselves I would be concerned about triggering flashbacks and or re-traumatizing them.  I would however recommend it to students in 11th and 12th grade while explaining to them that there are some rather graphic scenes, and letting them make their own mind up about whether they want to read it or not.

Overall I really enjoyed the book.


2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults- YALSA

Summer Reading Update: 6/16

So it’s Wednesday morning and my Push review is not up yet- Sorry!  It will be up by the end of the day.

As soon as I woke up this morning I picked up How I Live Now and powered through till I finished it.  I will be weighing in with my opinions of that book in a day or two.

For now here’s my breakdown:

Summer Reading Update:

Today’s pages read: 106

Total pages for summer: 371

Total books for summer: 2

Trying to decide between reading Speak, Double Dutch, or Number the Stars next.  Any opinions?