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11 April 2010 @ 12:09 am
Book Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer  
Title: Life As We Knew It
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pages: 337

Summary: High school sophomore Miranda is your typical, almost stereotypical, teenage girl. She fights with her mother, misses her college-age older brother, and helps look after her younger brother; she wants a date for prom, and wonders why she and her two best friends aren't close anymore. When the news says that there's a meteor going to hit the moon, it's exciting but not a huge deal other than the papers she has to write at school.

Until the meteor hits the moon, and it unexpectedly topples on its axis and changes life as she knows it, forever.


Review:

As most of you know, apocalyptic scenarios are incredibly fascinating to me, which is one of the main reasons I picked this up when I found it in the Walmart book section. So perhaps that shades my thinking a little. I do, however, find it was a very well written book.

It's in a diary format that reminds me intensely of The Diary of Anne Frank, though it's been a terribly long time since I've read it (something I should probably rectify). Miranda is in almost every way your typical, somewhat self-centered teen girl, and while it could have been tedious, I didn't find it that way at all. I don't precisely admire her as the main character, but I had to keep reading to see how she changes as more and more things happen to her, and she struggles to overcome them and to grow up in order to meet what needs to be done for herself and her family.

I often felt like shaking her, just a little, since I was never quite this type of teenager, but you can see that writing in her diary is one way of how she copes with her life, pre and post World Ending, and through that she grows and I had to smile whenever she matures.

Because I've always liked this kind of book, and I've always entertained myself with slightly paranoid plans of what I'd do if the world ended (as we know it), this book made me think--because would I really act any differently, even at my age, than she does, and think what she thinks? I know I would have a lot of those same, private thoughts, some of which she voices--and much she learns not to voice.

And really, I like her ever so much more than Bella in Twilight, for though she feels sorry for herself at times (and who wouldn't?) she squares her shoulders and keeps going forward, sometimes completely on her own.

And I suppose it says something that on Monday I'll be going to Walmart and when I'm there, I'm going to pick up the next two books in this series. (The third just came out, which is probably why I'm seeing them now)

Rating: ~ 6.5 / 10 (but bonus points should be added for the end of the world. because really, I don't read enough books with the premise and I was terribly disappointed by the last two I read before this)


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