How I Live Now: Review

How I Live Now chronicles a 15-year-old American's trials in a war-torn England soon after a mysterious war breaks out. There are many interesting aspects to the tale. The mother of the cousins with whom she is staying leaves early in the novel to try to avert war, and is unable to return, leaving the children and teenagers to fend for themselves on the family farm. The nature of the war is always unclear, with troops from both sides seemingly coexisting with great tension in different parts of England. As the novel progresses, some family members become separated and attempt to find one another at great peril.

This is a fast-paced and involving book. The resilience of the main characters is uplifting. The film adaptation is also good.


  • Recommend? Yes
  • Buy as a gift? Yes

Last modified on 11 Jun 2022 by AO

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