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Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer

Life as We Knew It (edition 2007)

by Susan Pfeffer

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Title:Life as We Knew It
Authors:Susan Pfeffer
Info:Marion Lloyd Books (2007), Paperback, 352 pages
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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Couldn't stand the writing style. The voice was too insipid. I couldn't give 2 fucks about the main character. Also. God. ( )
  ariel.kirst | Nov 14, 2014 |
This novel gives account to the worldwide catastrophe that begins after a meteor hits the moon. Miranda and her family in rural Pennsylvania are struggling, as everyone is, for survival. Written in the form of Miranda's diary, the book details the family's struggles with staying warm, fed, and alive through the natural disasters, sickness, and other trials faced. Loyalty to family is one thing they have; will it be enough?

Lexile: 770
AR BL: 4.7 MG+
Recommended for: teens, tweens ( )
  liblb | Nov 2, 2014 |
Life As We Knew It centers around Miranda as she is telling the before and after of a catastrophe through her journal. In the beginning it was so cool. An asteroid was going to hit the moon and you would be able to see it all happen. But there was a miscalculation by the scientists. The asteroid hit the moon too hard, knocking it of it's course, closer to Earth. With the moon closer the gravitational pull is stronger, casing Tsunamis, volcanoes erupting,and the ash from the volcanoes turning the sky a polluted gray color.
This book follows Miranda through this new, scary world as she faces many problems but always comes through. Miranda is always dreaming about simple things that we take for granted, like food, electricity, heat, friends, family, even chocolate. Miranda has to solve problems for her family when she barley has time to do anything for herself. If you're looking for a great book that paints a terrifying picture of what could be, you need to read Life As We Knew It. ( )
  aubreya.g1 | Oct 22, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
True confession time: I have a real jones for post-apocalyptic, survival, dystopian fiction. I eat it up! Part of the appeal for me is thinking through how I would react in a similar situation. I'm convinced I would be the last survivor, regardless of the situation. I think I would be very similar to Miranda's mom. Cool in a crisis, I would cash out everything and stockpile food and supplies to help my family survive. In Life As We Knew It, we view everything through Miranda's journal entries. She's immature, and scared, and doesn't always grasp the severity of the situation (naturally--she's 16). Suspend your disbelief as an asteroid hits the moon, moving it closer to the Earth. Chaos ensues. Nature is out of balance. And society as we know it collapses.

Now please excuse me as I go to the store to stockpile gallons of water and food for my pantry. 3 stars. ( )
  GovMarley | Oct 7, 2014 |
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No shops. No TV. No Electricity. No Daylight. No idea if your family is alive or dead. Could you survive? When a freak asteroid knocks the moon from its orbit, horrific tides engulf parts of the globe, and life on earth changes overnight. For 15-year-old Miranda, a desperate battle for her family's survival begins.
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It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.

Veteran author Susan Beth Pfeffer, who penned the young adult classic The Year Without Michael over twenty years ago, makes a stunning comeback with this haunting book that documents one adolescent's journey from self-absorbed child to selfless young woman. Teen readers won't soon forget this intimate story of survival and its subtle message about the treasuring the things that matter most—-family, friendship, and hope.--Jennifer Hubert

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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

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