How I Live Now

DocumentHow I Live Now
Meg Rosoff
Published April 1, 2006
194 pages

This is one of those books that, if you were to read the jacket blurb in the bookstore, you would have no idea what you were getting yourself into. Here’s the blurb:

This is a story about love. 

It’s also a story about hate, which is why I left New York in the first place. You don’t fly halfway across the world to live with a bunch of people you never met, just for a laugh.

I guess if I’d known where it was all going to lead, I might have thought twice about stepping onto that plane. I might have worried a little more about Edmond being my cousin.

And me being fifteen.

But I didn’t. And in the end, those things didn’t matter as much as you think they would.

In the end, the world had bigger things to worry about than us.

So, you’d think: Ah, yes. This is another angsty teen romance about forbidden love. An unhappy girl with problems at home gets shipped off to live with her distant relatives in the UK (His name is Edmond. It’s a dead give-away.). Pretty standard stuff, right?

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