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Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

“But today, when I am 17 and warm and well fed, I’m keeping this journal for myself so that I can always remember life as we knew it, life as we know it, for a time when I am no longer in the sunroom.”

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer was what critics deemed a “Riveting and deeply frightening” read. And let me tell you, it was definitely all of that and more. The story begins by introducing you to Miranda, your average teenager with average teenage problems. It reads like a diary which gives you the perfect glimpse into her personal life and the issues she struggles with on a day to day basis. You get to see how the main character handles fights with her mom, friendship drama, and the like. Now, when an asteroid hit the moon and pushes it way too close to the earth causing earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and so on, the book as a whole takes on a totally different air. Gone are the light-hearted issues like stepmom drama and failed tests. Now, people are dying in real time, and the body count just keeps getting closer to home.

I would recommend this book because it looks at how people react to unfamiliar situations. Religion is brought to the table as a way to adjust to the situation or to find some logic in what is going on for some people. Faith and hope are some more hot button words that you can feel floating around this intense read. You then see the brutal fight for survival that Miranda and her family go through and how death or the idea of death has a way of bringing all the bad things that one may be holding onto to light.

As I was nervously skimming the pages, I came to a final idea that I felt really sums up the book. Perspective. What started out as a way to document her life, almost became a grim tale of how everything fell apart, but due to a willingness to sacrifice and a brave and loving heart toward her family, the novel of dates all bundled together becomes something more. It becomes a memoir of Miranda’s life and everything that entailed. Miranda wrote,

“But today, when I am 17 and warm and well fed, I’m keeping this journal for myself so that I can always remember life as we knew it, life as we know it, for a time when I am no longer in the sunroom.”

This quote was written towards the very end, but it was filled with so much hope. It was one of my favorite quotes. I would say, read this book if you want to read a story about a girl who discovers her own legacy.

 

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