Friday, February 27, 2009

Life as we Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Wow. I only was going to read this book because my boyfriend was like here read this when we were at the library, but I'm really glad he did! It was amazing. This girl is writing in her diary. Her name is Miranda. It's from her point of view. She lives with her mom and younger brother Jonny, while her older brother, Matt, is in college. Her dad has another wife whose pregnant. On the news there's been reports saying a big asteroid is going to hit the moon. So everyone goes outside to see it happening. It happens and people start to panic. The moon looks tilted and closer to the Earth. Miranda and her family all go inside. They hear on the radio that there's been huge tsunami's that have wiped out New York and Florida. The next day they go to the store and take all the cans and blankets and pads and batteries, eveyrthing they'll need. It gets only worse, but luckily Matt makes it back home, and their dad comes to see them for a few days and then leaves to go down South, where it's supposed to be better. The school distrcit tries to still have school but it fails. Then they learn that volcanoes have been erupting and the sky suddenly turns gray and it gets colder and colder. Miranda and her family have to eat really sparsingly, the eltricity goes on for a few minutes, then goes out. an hour, then goes out. They have a neighbor whose like family to them, Mrs. Nesbitt, but she's old of age and dies. They take all her supplies. They just have to live it out. Everyone but Miranda gets the flu and she has to take care of them. They were lucky because they were isolated from everyone else. It ends with Miranda going out to get news and sees a notice where people in the City hall are giving a bag of food for every person each week. She's happy and knows she's made it through the worst of times with her family and can only look towards the future.
This made me feel like I was Miranda. It was so well written. It made me feel so selfish how I am everyday wanting certain things. They were so thankful just to have a can of vegetables. Or some heat, or even a few minutes of electricity. It kinda reminded me of Day After Tomorrow. Or maybe someone will think of something happening like that on 2012. Whatever the case, I loved it and everyone should read it! :] it was a nice change fron the normal teen books I'm always reading.

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