Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Nowis a modern war experience which, according to the author, takes place 3-5 weeks in the future. In other words, war is real and it is now. Despite many complaints that it might be considered an anti-war novel, there is no denying the realities and painfulness of war. When reading this, it is easy to forget how American’s have it quite easy in that we have never truly experienced the horrors of war. Rosoff has created the voice of an American teenager as she pushes through the horrors of what she is seeing after recently having been moved to live with her cousins in England. While the language is often frustrating at times, Rosoff has masterfully created the protagonist’s character which drives the story forward to the reality of the end.  

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