Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now is marketed as a young adult novel, much like Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime. Both, however, are cross-over works that teens and adults can enjoy. In an un-named war against an un-named enemy at an un-named future time, 15 year old New Yorker Daisy goes to spend the summer with her aunt and cousins in England to escape her father and pregnant stepmom. When her aunt becomes stranded away from home, Daisy and her cousins get to play house and live in their own little world, until the war comes to all the way to their doorstep. With this, Daisy quickly grows from a self-centered teen, intent on starving herself, into a brave leader determined to survive when it seems impossible.
How I Live Now is a fast, satisfying novel, although the relationship between Daisy and her cousin Edward is a bit uncomfortable, or just strange, to read about. However, the youngest cousin, Piper, is a wonderful character, and seeing Daisy and her survive together is a highlight of the book.
Try How I Live Now if you liked the writing style of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon