"Her other life seemed like a story that she had read in a book a long time ago." page 174 This means that her life has changed so much in only a couple of months that when she thinks back she can't believe that was her life.
"An angry thorn stabbed me." Page 8 This does not mean that the thorn was angry but could mean that it just stabbed her and the author wanted to add emotion to the thorn.
"We are like the phoenix, rising again with a new life ahead of us." Page 50 This means that they can rise up from their ashes and create a new and better life ahead of them.