October 20, 2007

she’s slipping through my hands

Posted in books tagged , at 1:31 pm by placeinthestars

Last night, I curled up on the couch with How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, a book A. recommended to me.

I wouldn’t call it post-apocalyptic, necessarily, though there is a war that changes everything, and it does contain incest between first cousins, which doesn’t fall into the quite same category for me as sibling incest, possibly because 1. I know people in real life whose parents were first cousins and while it was mildly scandalous at the time, it’s not that big a deal now, and 2. the book takes place in England, where it’s not considered incest for first cousins to get involved (and also, they didn’t grow up together – they meet as teenagers, so it’s different).

All that said, I really loved this book. Daisy is a vivid, compelling narrator – she reminds me of Cassandra Mortmain from I Capture the Castle in some ways – indomitable will and dry wit and the ability to be clear-eyed even when it hurts or is at her own expense – and her story is heartbreaking and utterly engaging. I was in tears by the end. The writing is sharp and insightful and funny, and it carries the story forward inexorably, and I couldn’t look away even when I was afraid of what was going to happen – I really worried for all of them, but especially for Edmond and Piper. The whole story, and especially the ending, is full of heartbreak and hope. I highly recommend it.