As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Piers Anthony, I found Life As We Knew It to be a rather dumbed-down apocalypse in which the author pulled her punches every time. She used to be carefree before she went to church, an interest that began when their mutual friend Becky died. But for middle-schoolers and up, it will be extremely compelling and thought-provoking. Pfeffer wanted to make us feel what the end of the world might be like for an ordinary teenager, and in that she succeeded, but quite frankly, an ordinary teenager isn't likely to survive a situation like that. We get to meet Miranda, the spoiled girl who gripes because her mother won't let her eat whatever she wants.
What happens on that fateful night is something no one expected. Years and years ago, I had a massive platonic crush on a girl named Micheala. I'm not going to go into full detail because it would torture me but heres the plot: You are reading about a family that lives in Pennsylvania and the character Miranda is a teenage girl living with her mom and brother. Tsunamis are threatening the entire coast, the death rate is rising, but yet Miranda's older brother and pregnant girlfriend manage to make it safely to their house. He goes into detail about the details — a propensity that he has obviously inherited from his father. I mean maybe the specific catastrophe of a asteroid crashing into the moon and pushing it much closer to Earth is far fetched, but any kind of disaster could happen that would leave us trying to get by without the comforts of our thermostat, supermarket, gas stations, etc. A very G-rated apocalyptic tale Hunger Games this is not.
I gave this book two stars because it annoyed me with the lack of any proactive action and the convenient ending that only reinforced the whole wait-for-help message of the book, but I have to admit that I believed in Miranda as a character, she was pretty sympathetic, and the book is a page-turner that moves right along. This section contains 770 words approx. They are all run by people who let little girls starve while they eat all the food. Kind of wary about putting this one back on the shelf for sixth graders, due to that issue as well as profanity and a few indirect sexual references. I don't know if I'd class this as dystopian. This story is told thorugh Miranda's diary. Miranda, who idolizes Matt, is unsettled.
This is only one mystery of Pfeffer's failed dystopian world. When the people in Miranda's community read that an asteroid will hit the moon, everyone becomes excited. Life As We Knew It was surprisingly good. Call me naive, but I expect a high point, some kind of conflict, climax if you wish, in every book I read. Who knew disasters could be so entertaining, lol, as long as it's in a book! She brings home textbooks for her and Jonny to home school. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see.
At this time and later, however, Miranda's mother tries to save things for special occasions like birthdays and holidays. The first one I had turned out so wonderfully. The electricity flickers on at random times, and with it, the internet magically works. On a sidenote, Pfeffer's statement that people who turn to God in times of grief brainwashed and stupid rubbed me the wrong way. Basically, you have a natural cataclysm that affects the entire planet and you follow a girl and her family through their day-to-day struggles to survive the aftermath. However, it wasn't Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948. This causes all kinds of disasters that bring the world to a halt.
Miranda just wants the collision, which is supposed to happen around 9:30 on Wednesday night, to be over, so that her life can go back to normal. Miranda's mother hurts her ankle and is forced to stay in the sunroom with the wood stove on. As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Finally, Miranda goes into town, knowing she is unlikely to return because she is so weak. The one thing that bothers me about this book is that Christianity is portrayed in a horrible way. Volcanic ash now blocks the sun.
Jonny's baseball camp is still on, and he will be able to have fresh food by working at the nearby farm. Miranda's diary entries record her changing viewpoint as her perspective shifts from self-centered adolescent angst, through anger and petulance, to eventual resignation in this challenging coming-of-age novel that has drawn comparisons to Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now and The Diary of Anne Frank. Audio Review: 2 stars Narrated by Emily Bauer. It's terrifying and awe-inspiring and just. Three boxes of Kraft Dinner and a jar of spaghetti sauce are hardly going to see me through a wintery apocalypse now are they? Later she brushes it off with a joke about her mom and Peter staying out late to watch the moon. That was my reason for picking this book - and if you have kids ages 9-14 and a long road trip, this may be a good pick for your family too - sure to lead to some interesting conversations.
Her family struggles to get by and bit by bit things get worse. When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer. . In her journal, Miranda jumps backward in her timeline to describe the day from the beginning—including a glimpse of a typical half moon in the sunrise sky and her anticipation about the night. Volcanic ash now blocks the sun.