HOW I LIVE NOW
Rarely does a young adult book come along that is so intelligent and profound that it could easily be marketed for adults. In her first book, Rosoff captures the terror, uncertainty and even romance of modern-day wartime.
Daisy, a troubled New York City teen, is sent to the English countryside to live with her deceased mother's sister and her cousins. Soon after she arrives, her aunt travels to Oslo, leaving Daisy with her four cousins. Then London is attacked by an unnamed enemy, and so are cities in the United States. Soon it's an all-out war, and though Rosoff never names the attacker, the fear and horror of war are all too apparent. Daisy and her cousins are left on their own, but then the war catches up with them and changes their lives forever. Loves are created and torn, and everyone struggles to survive to the end.
Rosoff writes Daisy's voice in rapid-fire, giving us a clear sense of her men-tal state. She is a distraught kid who, through necessity, becomes protector and guardian of the family she was once indifferent toward. This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning the ravages of warand especially those who aren't. (Aug., 160 pp., $16.95)