How I Live Now

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How I Live Now
How I Live Now cover.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorMeg Rosoff
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung adult
PublisherPenguin Books
Publication date
5 August 2004
Pages192 pp
ISBN978-0-14-138075-9
OCLC56465545
 
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This article is about the novel. For the film adaptation of the same title, see How I Live Now (film).
How I Live Now
How I Live Now cover.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorMeg Rosoff
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung adult
PublisherPenguin Books
Publication date
5 August 2004
Pages192 pp
ISBN978-0-14-138075-9
OCLC56465545

How I Live Now is a novel by Meg Rosoff, first published in 2004. It received generally positive reviews and won the British Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the American Printz Award for young-adult literature.

Plot summary[edit]

Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth (who goes by the name of Daisy) is sent to stay with cousins on a remote farm in the United Kingdom during the outbreak of a fictional third world war of the 21st century. Though enthusiastic about moving away from an evil stepmother who is with child, Daisy is homesick at first. This only lasts for a short while before she and her extended family become close, and Daisy begins to embrace her new home. Daisy soon finds herself falling in love with cousin Edmond and, after realising that the affection is mutual, begins a relationship with him.

Meanwhile, the family receives news that Daisy's aunt Penn is stranded in Oslo. During this period of time, terrorists attack from an unknown enemy who later occupies Britain. The war becomes increasingly difficult for Daisy and her family as it affects their lives to a greater extent, eventually leading to food shortages and lack of other resources, but they still have love. One day, the farm is taken over by soldiers who separate the boys from the girls by sending them away to live at separate homes, and then separate farms. Daisy and Piper are forced to put survival as their top priority and cannot look for the male members of their family. After the war ends, Daisy must deal with putting the pieces of her life back together and overcoming the terrible experience of war as she reunites with the forever changed members of her family, including a physically and emotionally scarred Edmond.

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Awards[edit]

Runners up, etc.

Radio adaptation[edit]

In 2007 the novel was adapted for radio by Elizabeth Burke. It was directed by Kate McAll and the music was composed by John Hardy. There were five parts of fifteen minutes each, which aired daily from 12 to 15 November as the Woman's Hour Drama on BBC Radio 4.[7]

Cast:

Film adaptation[edit]

Main article: How I Live Now (film)

The novel was adapted into a film directed by Kevin Macdonald that was released in 2013 and starred Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan playing the role of Daisy, with George MacKay as Edmond (now written as the oldest cousin), Tom Holland as Isaac (now the younger cousin) and Harley Bird as Piper.[8]

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Awards
Preceded by
The First Part Last
Michael L. Printz Award Winner
2005
Succeeded by
Looking for Alaska