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Life as We Knew It
Life as We Knew It
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
ISBN-13: 9780152058265
ISBN-10: 0152058265
Publication Date: 10/1/2006
Pages: 352
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 8
This is, hands-down, the best book I have read so far this year.

When things aren't coming up roses in my own life, sometimes it helps to read something to put things in perspective and remind me that, no matter how bad things seem, they could be worse. Much, much worse.

Life As We Knew it follows the story of a 16-year-old girl, her two brothers and her mother as they deal with the aftermath of a global environmental disaster. An asteroid has hit the moon, and thrown off the gravitational pull. The main characters in the book go quickly from enjoying meteor-watching block parties to trying to learn how to live in the new world that results from the impact.

I most enjoy young adult books with a strong central adult figure, and Pfeffer didn't disappoint. Reading this book through the filter of a parent was nothing short of terrifying. As tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanoes and a sunlight-choking global dust cloud threaten society on every continent, it was gripping to follow the mother along her journey to keep her kids safe -- and fed. Hunger becomes the real threat all too quickly. And I'll fess up -- I found myself neurotically checking my pantry stock at odd times as I made my way through this book. Books like these force you to think about what you'd do if faced with the same situation, and I only hope I would deal with the crisis with the level-head that the mother in Pfeffer's story did.

The book showed the crisis through the eyes of the 16-year-old narrator, meaning that readers are deprived all the details of the crisis, both because of the worldwide information blackout that occurs and because of the narrator's typical teenage "I'm-the-center-of-the-universe" attitude. I would have liked to know more about exactly what was happening in other parts of the world as a result of the asteroid, but we're treated to the same information vacuum as the characters as communications, media transmissions and even the mail eventually cease.

Overall, a fantastic read that I'd recommend to almost anyone. But I have to admit, after reading Life As We Knew It, I'll never gaze romantically up at the moon in quite the same way again....
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Helpful Score: 5
As soon as I picked up this book and saw it was in journal style, I was like "crap". I don't do books that are journal style or poetry style. My problem, I already had all three of the books in this series. So I decide, I'll give it a try, I can always find something else to read, although it was highly recommended by a blogger that I had found very reliable in the past. Within a few chapters, I was totally captivated and totally unaware that it was written journal style. Even though, I quickly got tired of Amanda's bratty, poor me attitude (she was a teen after all) I continued on with this wonderful novel. The twists and turns come at you very quickly and while earth as we knew it, was changing very,very quickly, Amanda matured at a much slower rate. You will cry with her and get angry at her but still rejoice in the small day to day victories. This book stayed with me much longer than I would have thought which is why I've resisted writing the review to this awesome series. I was afraid that with time it would not be both horrifying and hopeful all at the same time. I was wrong. Though it has been months, this book has resonated with me like no other. Every time, I check my pantry before going grocery shopping, this little mental bell goes off that makes me extra vigilant that I am well stocked.
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Helpful Score: 5
Wow...I love this book! The main character is wonderfully written. It is a beautiful tale of family. Not the depressing apocalyptic horror story-though an underlying element of stark and frightening realities. But this is a young girl's journal that is filled with love, strength, and hope. This book will cause you to think of every little thing you have to be thankful for and appreciate what is truly important. I was in tears at her writing of Christmas and I loved the ending. I will definitely be reading the books to follow. Again, Wow! I love this book!
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Helpful Score: 4
I could not put this book down and ended up staying up most of the night to find out the fates of Miranda and her family, who you will come to admire and root for, even as things get worse for them. Memorable characters navigate devastating world events in a totally believable, and at times heart-breaking, way. A riveting book that will have you pondering your own survival strategies. My only quibble is the lack of an epilogue.
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Helpful Score: 3
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT hooks you and doesn't let you go. Every time I had to take a break from reading, I stumbled out into the real world, where I was amazed to find that there was still plenty of food, water, electricity, and heat. Miranda's simple, diary-like language thus makes her story all that more believable. This novel is an incredible achievement.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was definitely a can't-put-it-down kind of book. And it was so "real" that it kind of freaked me out. I read all kinds of horror books, and none of them scare me, but while I was reading this book, every news report of a freak storm made me nervous! Excellent read!
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Helpful Score: 2
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT hooks you and doesn't let you go. Every time I had to take a break from reading, I stumbled out into the real world, where I was amazed to find that there was still plenty of food, water, electricity, and heat. Miranda's simple, diary-like language thus makes her story all that more believable. This novel is an incredible achievement.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book just truly scared the shit out of me! The characters were clearly drawn and easy to relate to. I just kept thinking of what I would do if something as catastrophic as this really did happen. Hard to put down, in fact, I read it in one evening because I have the sequels already in hand and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.
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Helpful Score: 1
In this disaster book, a large asteroid hits the moon and throws it out of orbit around the earth. The author actually sticks with some science and talks about tides changing and weather being affected. Of course there is the immediate panic of people. Utilities go out, fossil fuels run out, food runs out. The people in the book end up having to relearn how to live because of their circumstances. There are hardships both emotional and physical. To some people the characters may come across as "whiny", but I'd like to challenge the reader to imagine how they may feel in those circumstances. There have been a lot of comments about how certain situations were unrealistic, but I found it to be mostly spot-on, even if slightly exaggerated.

The book is written mostly as a journal with more detailed entries scattered within that are more of a narrative. I actually liked the format that the author decided to use.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hands down, this is one of the best books I've ever read. I love reading young adult books because they're usually edgier and are usually page-turners. This one is both. I was a bit bored during the first 25 pages or so, reading about Miranda's normal life, but that was necessary for character development. But once the main event of the book (I won't give it away) happens, then things really pick up and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the other two books in this series. I recommend this for both adults and young adults.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a very sad thought provoking series. This series should be mandatory reading in middle & high schools, if only to give today's kids some idea of how good they really have it. Don't miss this series, it will really make you count your blessings! :)
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Helpful Score: 1
This is definitely more a 4.5 kind of book for me. I hadn't heard of this author or this book before a friend sent it to me and I'm so thankful because there are at least two others that I know I'll enjoy that I get to read by Pfeffer.
I'm pretty much past thinking that YA is just fluff because I've read enough to know that's just now the case. But I am still hesitant at times. I do however happen to like books in diary/journal/letter format a lot - none of that mattered though because as soon as I started reading I fell right in.
It's rare for me to wish a book was longer but that was the case here. I could have done with it being a lot longer. Miranda is a totally believable main character and the secondaries are just as good. I alternated between being frightened, to being happy, to almost crying. There are a few parts that really tug at your heart. And it's so realistic, in a sense, that I really started wondering 'what if'. Luckily I decided fairly quickly. I'm packing up the people and animals I love and moving, as fast as possible, to my friends house. (Luckily she's not all that far away.) I'm not saying any names because I don't want anyone else to remember this review and get any bright ideas - we probably won't have the room. :)
I'm going to read the next two in the series and I can't wait and this will, again, be thanks to my unnamed friend. :D
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Helpful Score: 1
Realistic and well written story from a young lady's point of view of what would happen if the moon moved closer to the Earth.

I've read a number of "end of the world" books and this is by far the best. Months after I read it I still think about the family in this story. It is suitable for any age. I'd have loved it when I was a young girl and I loved it now in my old age.
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Helpful Score: 1
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If you're looking for one of the best books of 2006, then look no further than Susan Beth Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNEW IT. A wonderful tale of family love, loss, and survival, this is one story that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.

There have been lots of changes in sixteen-year-old Miranda's life recently. Her older brother, Matt, is away at college. Her mom is still adjusting to being a divorced parent. Her younger brother, Jonny, is obsessed with baseball. And her dad and his new wife, Lisa, are expecting a baby. Dealing with all of that has been quite stressful, but Miranda's been thinking about getting back into ice-skating, and she's spending plenty of time mooning over her current hero/crush, Olympic-hopeful Brandon Erlich, a hometown hero.

Miranda's also excited about the meteor that's headed towards the Moon. Some scientists predict a minor collision; teachers predict plenty of extra homework dealing with the subjects of both Moon and meteors. For Miranda and her family, and for millions of others around the world, it simply sounds like a cool event you'll get to watch from your front yard through a pair of binoculars.

What happens on that fateful night is something no one expected. The meteor does, in fact, collide with the Moon. However, the impact was stronger than anyone had previously thought possible, and immediately, all throughout planet Earth, the effects of that collision begin to be felt. Tides, which are controlled by the Moon, become erratic, causing deadly tidal waves. Fissures in the Earth's crust crack, causing earthquakes worldwide, even in places where no earthquakes had ever occurred before. Within twenty-four hours, it becomes apparent that thousands upon thousands of people have died, and that, with the Moon out of its normal orbit, many more deaths are sure to follow.

This may sound like a depressing story, but in fact it's a story about hope and survival. LIFE AS WE KNEW IT follows Miranda and her family through nearly a year after the meteor's collision with the Moon, and all of the events that come after it--the power outages, the food shortages, the weather changes, and the loss of human contact. As Miranda and her family come to grips with this new way of living, their bodies and spirits will be tested more than they've ever been before. But this is ultimately a story about learning to survive with what you've got, and never taking what you have for granted. A wonderful, inspiring story, LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is one you'll want to read more than once.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a good book. It really made me think about my life and sorting priorities out and what I'd do if I was in this girl's situation. I just hope this can't really happen!
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LIFE AS WE KNEW IT hooks you and doesn't let you go. Every time I had to take a break from reading, I stumbled out into the real world, where I was amazed to find that there was still plenty of food, water, electricity, and heat. Miranda's simple, diary-like language thus makes her story all that more believable. This novel is an incredible achievement.
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Even though it was written for teens, I found this book to be very interesting (coming from a 30 something). I had never even thought about an asteroid hitting the moon and how much of our natural world would be affected. This book left me thinking and wanting to read the next book in the series.
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I am a fan of the post-apocolyptic genre, but there's not a lot I would recommend to my teenage daughter yet. This is a nice starter book. Survival, stockpiling, epidemics, lonliness, desperation, hopelessness, hopefulness... But without a lot of mob violence, nuclear fallout...and NO zombies. Written as the diary of a 16 yr old in a typical middle class town. I really liked this book for the YA demographic.
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After reading this book I would go to the grocery and have the urge to grab everything off the shelves! It was a real eye opener, showing how much our lives would change on a daily basis. Kudos to the author,I've never read a book that made me feel claustrophobic.
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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I had been looking at this book at the store for sometime and I just wasn't too sure about it. I finally went on amazon and watch a mini video about the book! I purchase the book off eBay and when it came in I started reading it and I couldn't put it down. The moon is hit by an astroid a little TOO HARD, and the moon comes too close to the earth. All likes of weather and earth problems happen. Earthquakes, flooding, volcanoes out of no where and so much more. People have to survive.



This story is a 16 year old in PA point of view in a normal format on all the details of daily life of survival with her family. It's intriguing and a brilliant story for young age kids age 9 and above. I'm 39. This book and story makes you appreciate all the "things" we have from food to electronics to the dishwasher for granted. This book will Hook you and re think your life and what is true NEEDED and IMPORTANT for you and your family.



I love the story about a very special Christmas!!



I already bought book 2 & 3 and I plan to read then right away and save them for both of my kids to read and love.



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can't wait to read the next in the series!
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Holy Poo... I dont know what to say about this series except beware all who enter. I read the entire series in about a week and it was definitely a fast read. Good description and Pfeffer does a lot of lists which i like. In the end it left me in a weird funk for WEEKS after i finished it. A very good(and very severe) teen distopia book.
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Life as we Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer is the first in a trilogy aimed at young adults. The story begins in an average high school in an average spring. Exam preparation, summer plans, prom, crushes, and changing friendships all go on as usual. Then a big event captures everyone's attention, and I do mean everyone. An asteroid is headed toward the moon, and it's expected to be visible with the naked eye. Families gather outside on a spring night to observe the phenomenon - and then all hell breaks lose.
As the title suggests, life changes dramatically when the asteroid hits its target. Without too many spoiling details, I can tell you that prom and final exams take a backseat to survival. The struggle for food, heat, light, and water pits family against family, individual against individual, and threatens to destroy an entire way of life.
The panic to stock the pantries reminded me of times in the past when pantry-stocking was a hot topic, even a trend. In Life as We Knew It, pantry-stocking may initially look like a panic reaction, but it turns out to be necessary. Typical sources of food are just not available. Starvation is a very real possibility.
Life as We Knew It sets up an apocalyptic world in which every individual and family group must cope together - or risk the worst. This story caught my attention; I looked up the rest of the trilogy and put the titles on my wish list on PaperbackSwap. If you're looking for an easy and entrancing read, or if your young adult reader needs something dramatic to hold his or her attention, consider Life as We Knew It. Stocking the pantry may never feel the same again.
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I wasn't sure at the beginning what would come of this book but I absolutely lived it. The writing style was engaging and the attention to detail had me envisioning everything. My favorite descriptive piece in a long time was Miranda's imagination, to avoid a spoiler, her entry from
February 18.
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First let me say that this series is written in a journal type format. I didnt know this beforehand, and had to get myself used to it. Personally im not a fan of books formatted this way, but it worked out splendid for this series. I'm not sure the book would have such an impact if it were written differently. Because of this, you find yourself wondering what you would write in such a case. Would you be dramatic? Superficial? Aloof? You want to judge the reaction of the characters responses but n second thought, who would know the proper reaction? Although i find fault in the science behind this catastrophic event, it does come together well.
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Wow! I don't often read YA books but this one called out to me and I am so glad it did. The story is told in journal form by Miranda after a catastrophic event that throws the Earth out of balance. I read this in one sitting because I souldn't put it down. I could relate to the characters and wondered how I would react in the same situation. A must read!
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Journal style dystopia. Easy to relate to characters, scary events and yet it wasn't on the edge of your seat drama. More the quiet (mostly) unfolding of the end of life as we know it through the eyes of a 15 year old.
Looking forward to seeing where Pfeffer takes things.
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This is an extremely bleak story. Not that 'an end of the world' novel could be cheerful. It is the story of a teenaged girl who journals about the catastrophic effects of an asteroid colliding with the moon. I imagine this story to be the precurser to a novel like The Road. I enjoyed the book but if you choose to read it go in knowing that it isn't a cheerful, pick you up kind of book.
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i liked the style and the mood of the book matched the subject without getting morbid. the auther showed quite realisticly what would happen to a family left with no food and only themselves to depend on. the form or a diary that it is written in makes for easy reading
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i usually dont read these kinds of books... but i was hooked from the first few pages..gave it 5 stars ..great 1st in the series book ... ran out and bought the 2nd & 3rds books in the series ..cant wait to start them ... Overall AWESOME series
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An excellent apocalypse story from the view of a teen-aged girl
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I basically just read this whole book in one sitting. The most honest, scary, and realistic portrayal of the "end of the world" that I've read, to date. Every scenario is vivid and truthful. It was beautiful to watch Miranda grow up in a mere 10 months - even under such dire circumstances.
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This was such a wonderful book. It was so good that even my 8 and 10 year old boys couldn't wait for me to have an errand to run so we would be in the car so we could get back to listening to this gripping tale of struggle and trials for this girl, her family and the world around her. We had so many "What if..." type of conversations when our errands were done and our listening was done for that day. Kids can come up with some interesting questions...it was cool to see what they thought about this book and what we might do in the same situation. We agreed we like the moon just where it is.
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What a poignant tale of the struggles one family endures after a catastrophic event. This Story is told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl who has to grow up very fast as they all fight for survival. A great story that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good read (or listen). This book has been nominated for the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award this year and absolutely deserves this nomination.
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In this disaster book, a large asteroid hits the moon and throws it out of orbit around the earth. The author actually sticks with some science and talks about tides changing and weather being affected. Of course there is the immediate panic of people. Utilities go out, fossil fuels run out, food runs out. The people in the book end up having to relearn how to live because of their circumstances. There are hardships both emotional and physical. To some people the characters may come across as "whiny", but I'd like to challenge the reader to imagine how they may feel in those circumstances. There have been a lot of comments about how certain situations were unrealistic, but I found it to be mostly spot-on, even if slightly exaggerated.

The book is written mostly as a journal with more detailed entries scattered within that are more of a narrative. I actually liked the format that the author decided to use.
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I have been wanting to read this for a while. All I really knew about it was that it was supposed to be about the end of the world kind of and supposed to be really good. It was a very good book and really makes you think about how you would survive in a similar situation. I listened to this on audio book and the audio book was well done.

Miranda and her family are excited to go out and watch an asteroid hit the moon; there is supposed to be a big flash you can see from earth. Unfortunately it is then that disaster strikes. The asteroid is denser than expected and the moon is thrown out of orbit. The shift in the moon's gravitational pull is having catastrophic effects; there are tsunamis on the coasts, earthquakes everywhere, massive volcanic eruptions, and basically everything that could go wrong with the world is. Miranda and her family aren't in the thick of things where they live in Pennsylvania but they are living with a gradual decline; power is scarce, food is almost non-existent, and they are isolated from the rest of the country. Fears about food sources and heat as winter approaches make things more complicated.

This whole book is done as day by day journal entries by Miranda. The author does an excellent job of showing Miranda's ups and downs as she struggles through the events her and her family are put through. The author also does an excellent job of showing how Miranda's family's life declines in increments. There are no huge disasters here, well there are some, but mainly this book shows how the world could go into a slow decline and how people would do their best to survive. I found it to be a much more realistic take on "the end of the world" than many other books I have read. There is also a lot of focus on how close Miranda and her family become as they struggle to survive.

This book will really suck you in; it will make you laugh at times and make you cry at others. You really start to feel like you are part of Miranda's family and are holding your breath to see what they will have to fight through next. It is definitely not the most uplifting of books and at times is downright depressing. The author offsets this with occasional positive events and glimpses of hope. This book will definitely get you thinking about all that you take for granted in day to day life and about how fragile the structure of our information based society is.

There were a couple things that I didn't like about this book. Midway through it kind of drags. There is only so much that a reader can read about rationing food and trying to find ways to pass the time before they start to get a bit bored. So there were a couple parts where I impatiently wanted the story to get on with things. Also when Miranda is dictating conversations she ends every sentence with "he said", "I said", "she said" and that gets a bit repetitive but is probably representative of how a teenager would write in a journal.

Overall this is a wonderful book that really makes you think about the fragility of human society. A great take on the collapse of human society caused completely by natural disaster. It is not a happy book and is pretty depressing, but there are some glimpses of laughter and hope throughout. It will make you wonder how you would survive a similar situation. I have not decided if I want to read the next two books in this series or not. I would like to find out more about what happens to Miranda and her family, but it was a pretty depressing read and I am not sure I need that...especially in the winter.
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This is definitely more a 4.5 kind of book for me. I hadn't heard of this author or this book before a friend sent it to me and I'm so thankful because there are at least two others that I know I'll enjoy that I get to read by Pfeffer.
I'm pretty much past thinking that YA is just fluff because I've read enough to know that's just now the case. But I am still hesitant at times. I do however happen to like books in diary/journal/letter format a lot - none of that mattered though because as soon as I started reading I fell right in.
It's rare for me to wish a book was longer but that was the case here. I could have done with it being a lot longer. Miranda is a totally believable main character and the secondaries are just as good. I alternated between being frightened, to being happy, to almost crying. There are a few parts that really tug at your heart. And it's so realistic, in a sense, that I really started wondering 'what if'. Luckily I decided fairly quickly. I'm packing up the people and animals I love and moving, as fast as possible, to my friends house. (Luckily she's not all that far away.) I'm not saying any names because I don't want anyone else to remember this review and get any bright ideas - we probably won't have the room. :)
I'm going to read the next two in the series and I can't wait and this will, again, be thanks to my unnamed friend. :D
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This is a very compelling story. I sat down and read it all in one sitting. It drew me in and I couldn't quit reading it. I finished the book but can't quit wondering what happened to the characters in the story. It makes you more grateful for the little things in life we often take for granted, because they could be taken away from us just like that.
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Loved this book! It was an all-night cover to cover read.

I recently have become interested in disaster prep and survival. I sometimes wonder if the teenagers I know have any idea how privileged they are to live in a time and place where life is relatively easy and they don't have a constant struggle to get the basics of food, water, shelter and sanitation. This book deals with tragedy and loss on a massive scale, and while people might debate the likelihood of anything like this happening, I think many of the hardships people underwent were realistically described and could happen in several scenarios.
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When a meteor hits the moon knocking it closer to earth, life as we know it is forever changed. The gravitational pull is altered and the Earth is covered with tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. People must take extreme measures to survive.

Life As We Knew It is the story of one family's survival told through the journal of 16 year old Miranda. Miranda is a typical teenager used to modern conveniences. She fights with her mother, feels jealous of her brothers and wants a chance to go to the prom. But, through all this, she loves her family and finds a strength she didn't know she had. Pfeffer does an amazing job creating real characters that you care about. It's an amazing story of family, sacrifice and the will to survive,
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

If you're looking for one of the best books of 2006, then look no further than Susan Beth Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNEW IT. A wonderful tale of family love, loss, and survival, this is one story that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.

There have been lots of changes in sixteen-year-old Miranda's life recently. Her older brother, Matt, is away at college. Her mom is still adjusting to being a divorced parent. Her younger brother, Jonny, is obsessed with baseball. And her dad and his new wife, Lisa, are expecting a baby. Dealing with all of that has been quite stressful, but Miranda's been thinking about getting back into ice-skating, and she's spending plenty of time mooning over her current hero/crush, Olympic-hopeful Brandon Erlich, a hometown hero.

Miranda's also excited about the meteor that's headed towards the Moon. Some scientists predict a minor collision; teachers predict plenty of extra homework dealing with the subjects of both Moon and meteors. For Miranda and her family, and for millions of others around the world, it simply sounds like a cool event you'll get to watch from your front yard through a pair of binoculars.

What happens on that fateful night is something no one expected. The meteor does, in fact, collide with the Moon. However, the impact was stronger than anyone had previously thought possible, and immediately, all throughout planet Earth, the effects of that collision begin to be felt. Tides, which are controlled by the Moon, become erratic, causing deadly tidal waves. Fissures in the Earth's crust crack, causing earthquakes worldwide, even in places where no earthquakes had ever occurred before. Within twenty-four hours, it becomes apparent that thousands upon thousands of people have died, and that, with the Moon out of its normal orbit, many more deaths are sure to follow.

This may sound like a depressing story, but in fact it's a story about hope and survival. LIFE AS WE KNEW IT follows Miranda and her family through nearly a year after the meteor's collision with the Moon, and all of the events that come after it--the power outages, the food shortages, the weather changes, and the loss of human contact. As Miranda and her family come to grips with this new way of living, their bodies and spirits will be tested more than they've ever been before. But this is ultimately a story about learning to survive with what you've got, and never taking what you have for granted. A wonderful, inspiring story, LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is one you'll want to read more than once.
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This book had an interesting twist in terms of post civilization collapse novels. The moon has been hit by an asteroid, bringing it much closer to earth. This changes the earth's climate, almost overnight. Civilization collapses. The book is in journal format, and the narrator is a 16 year old girl.

I had a few problems with this novel. First, I hated how, after civilization collapses, the family immediately went back to stereotypical male/female roles. There are better ways to deal with post civilization collapse than keeping the women inside, and having the men "protect" them. So, I hated that.

My second problem was that the mom clearly had a favorite. So, she'd ask her daughter to ration her food more and more so that, if they all died, her youngest son (age 13) would have a chance of survival. Though, I'm not sure why a 13 year old with no gun, no survival skills, etc., would have any chance of survival. So, this was just, to my mind, the mom playing favorites. And had I been the sister, I'd have hoarded my own cache of food!

Also, the book gets a little tiresome in the middle. The family is stuck in the house, all day, everyday. So, each day is about rationing food, being hungry, etc. Nothing really happens in the whole middle of the novel.

Finally, I thought the ending was SO unrealistic as to be almost laughable.

I have it 2.5 stars. I read it through to the end, which is always a bonus. I did like the narrator a lot. But, otherwise, I thought the book stuck to old stereotypes and just failed to deliver.
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This is a 5 star read.
Its told from the perspective and in diary form from a teenage girl. Its about her own personal struggles, her town and the worlds in dealing with an asteroid that hits the moon and knocks it closer to the earth.
In doing so, the earth changes are great and catastrophic. The tides are higher taking out many coastal cities, volcanoes erupt that never have before causing the skies to block out the sun, thus temperatures fall below 0.

Food is hard to come by, water becomes dirty with ash, well's run dry. The world falls apart and people are dying.
This is one of the best "end of the world"" books Ive read.
Loved it.
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great read for middle school reader!
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The plot of this is slightly unsettling. It's scary to think of something like this really happening and having to survive. It wasn't a fantastic read, but it make you want to read the next two books just to see what happens to Miranda, her family, and the rest of the world.
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I agree that this is a terrific book, readable for anybody of any age; not a kids' book at all. It has one flaw, however -- scientific errors. For instance, the phase of the moon after the asteroid impact wouldn't have changed. Other things as well which I spotted, and I am no astronomer. However, compared to all the things the author gets right with this book, its factual errors are minor. But then again, they are present, so I give it only 4 stars; otherwise it would be 5.
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LOVED IT!!!