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Så har jag det nu (2004)

av Meg Rosoff

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I en nära framtid skickas femtonåriga Daisy till England för att tillbringa sommaren med sina kusiner som bor i ett stort hus på landet. Det är oro i världen och krig är inte uteslutet. Sommaren blir fantastisk, en speciell känsla uppstår mellan Daisy och Edmond. Men allt får ett abrupt slut när verkligheten hinner ikapp.… (mer)
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I can't describe how good and sad and beautiful this story is. This book is uniquely written and Daisy, the narrator, is simply amazing.
During a 3rd World War we follow 15-year-old Daisy, an American girl sent to live with her cousins in the English countryside. There is love, innocence, freedom but also tragedy, uncertainty, fear and survival.
How I Live Now is a short book but it feels longer because many parts of the story are left in the hands of the reader left for interpretation.
More than recommended. ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
The world events depicted in How I Live Now have never felt more real and possible to me than at this very moment, and Meg Rosoff writes about the effects of her theoretical world war better than almost any author I've encountered in my post-apocalyptic rambles. How I Live Now is mostly microcosmic though, and hangs entirely on the sexual relationship between a pair of fourteen and fifteen year old first cousins. Although a little research tells me that first cousin marriage is legal in every state I've ever lived in and has been fairly common throughout history, I still found it (both their relatedness and their youth) repellent, and a stumbling block to fully embracing this otherwise outstanding YA novel. If that makes me uptight, then so be it, I guess. The relationship between Daisy and Edmond could have been just as intense without going there, and to me, the sex, although not explicitly depicted, added an unnecessary and distractingly lurid element to Rosoff's story. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
3*
This story took way too long for me to get into. I was having a hard time at first figuring out what year we were talking about in this story. There isn't a whole lot going for it to figure out when it is set except for a few hints about things like vehicles and then she mentions something about her cell phone after a few chapters. That set me up for a little confusion right off the bat.

I was okay with the whole falling in love with your cousin and having a relationship with them - they really in all actuality didn't even know each other at all before this so the relationship felt a bit different and I didn't feel any crazy shock and awe factor. This felt slightly overdone... did it have to be a cousin if they didn't even really know about each other until then? It feels like the author wanted us to react strongly to the story because of this but didn't play it up like it was supposed to be. I really didn't feel much of anything about the characters because you really were not able to figure out what either of them thought about the other since we are only in Daisy's head as the narrator and she is a bit of a smart alecky whelp.

I just couldn't figure out the main character Daisy. I'm not sure if she was supposed to be likeable at the beginning of the story but I definitely did not like her throughout the majority of the book. The vibe I caught from her at the beginning consisted of something like a teen who didn't want to care about anything and so was trying to show that she would hold you at arms length and have a snarky attitude at times, but in reality she really did care and that was why she acted the way she did and said the things she did in the way that she did. This didn't do anything for me though because the story was told through her perspective which more than anything became annoying because you just wanted to hear from someone with at least a half positive and less snarky attitude.

Finally, the way in which this story was written drove me half crazy. The sentence structure was ridiculously difficult to follow and I found myself having to read some parts aloud in a half ramble on sort of way without any form of punctuation as though it was a complete stream of conscious. I've read books like this which worked. This one did not. It's sometimes use of commas and punctuation in some sentences but not others as well as the occasional use of capitalized words that were supposed to be of significance but really weren't drove me crazy after half-way through (and this is short book). I feel like the author was trying to be really progressive with their writing and work here, but it just fell short and felt like they just hadn't done it very well compared to others written in the same style.

When all is said and done, I didn't mind the plot, but felt it should have been fleshed out more (several months and the development of a relationship develops in just 194 pages). I couldn't care less about any of the characters and was finally drawn into the story when Daisy and whats-her-face only girl cousin got shipped out to a different town because the Army or whatever wanted to use their house for some reason. I wanted to know if all cousins would find their way back to each other and back home. I think I felt a greater love for the dog, Jet, throughout the story compared to any characters though... Overall, this was just a 'Meh' book which I'll remember tid bits from but which never really made a full impression. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
This book had been languishing on my to read list for a long time. By the time I got to it I got the movie tie in edition. The average rating for this book is low and my Goodreads friends are all over the place with this one. I was hesitant to read it because I want all my books to be 5 or 4 star worthy. The description has so much that appealed to me though and it was available for borrowing and had been sitting in my apartment for a while and was short and looked as though it would be a fast read so I decided to try it.

I liked it. I don’t think it was a great book but I found it kind of addictive. I loved the complexity of the main character/narrator and how I could dislike her and like her at the same time. This story had a lot of what I love in books: dystopian, adventure, love, young characters, a young character taking care of an even younger character, people learning to be self-sufficient, trauma and mental illnesses. I was not expecting/remembering about the speculative fiction paranormal aspect but it was a relatively minor part of the narrative and I enjoyed it.

3-1/2 stars ( )
1 rösta Lisa2013 | Feb 18, 2021 |
Excellent read. Further review to come. ( )
  JCanausa | Feb 1, 2021 |
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Fifteen-year-old Daisy, an anorexic, acerbic New Yorker, falls instantly in love with her English cousins' farm and with her English cousin Edmond. Idyllic love story abruptly becomes horrific survival tale when an unnamed enemy power invades the country. A captivating and deeply satisfying first novel. Review 9/04.

"How I Live Now." The Horn Book Magazine Jan.-Feb. 2005: 16.
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I en nära framtid skickas femtonåriga Daisy till England för att tillbringa sommaren med sina kusiner som bor i ett stort hus på landet. Det är oro i världen och krig är inte uteslutet. Sommaren blir fantastisk, en speciell känsla uppstår mellan Daisy och Edmond. Men allt får ett abrupt slut när verkligheten hinner ikapp.

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