When Holden Met Katniss: The 40 Best YA Novels

Beloved favorites, underground classics, controversial page-turners, sci-fi sagas and more

Meg Rosoff, 'How I Live Now'
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Meg Rosoff, 'How I Live Now'

2004, Penguin

In this modern fable, New Yorker Daisy is sent to live with her cousins on a farm in England. When a fictional war breaks out, they become isolated from the rest of the world. What first feels idyllic soon turns into a fight for survival. Though the plot might sound epic in scope, the story is told in intimate, lyrical prose. 

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