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How I Live Now

September 12, 2013


Every summer we trawl through the magazines and reviews of the many books on offer for some light summer reading. This year, I decided to delve into my past and read a book I bought back when I was 13. One of my friends recommended it and I thought it was finally time to give the dusty pages the attention they so dearly craved.

After a week and a half (yes, I am a VERY slow reader, especially with nap time in the sun for a distraction) of reading, I reached the books conclusion and was not only disappointed but Pissed off with the easy way out and blunt ending, which cheesily ended with the title of the book – shocker!

The book is about a young American girl named Daisy who travels to stay with her English relatives for the summer. An intimate relationship blossoms between her and her cousin, a concept that sent shudders down my spine, and they are soon cascaded into the Third World War and their love is left to fend for itself.

After watching the trailer I decided that the girl playing Daisy looks nothing like the image in my head. Despite the poor ending, the book consists of a dark and subtle humour that a film may struggle to achieve. At the rate filmmakers are going for original ideas, there won’t be a single book out there that you can’t simply rent the night before your book report is due.

I very much look forward to seeing how this piece of fiction has been translated to screen and reviewing it in the near future, so don’t forget to watch this space!


From → Books, Film

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