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How I Live Now

How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff An interesting read from Meg Rosoff. A New York girl is sent to England to live with her cousins in the countryside - she develops an under age and incestuous relationship with one of her cousins while England is invaded and her Aunt is off somewhere. Eventually the war splits the cousins apart, and the protaganist spends the rest of the book looking after her nine year old cousin and trying to get back to the farmhouse where she lived in England.Where the book fails for me is the narrative voice of the girl. She is supposed to be fifteen, but to me she sounds more like a ten or twelve year old. There are no punctuation clues as to dialogue, so everything runs together: So I said, Yes Edmond, I want to see you. Do you? He asked - that sort of thing. It didn't bother me as much as some other reviewers; in fact it was interesting to read a whole book in that stream-of-consciousness style.