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