Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Life as We Knew It Paperback – May 1, 2008
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Miranda begins her diary entries with the usual teen business of school, friends and family with a little digression into figure skating fandom. The forecast collision between asteroid and moon seems like a fun event, as well as an excuse for homework assignments from her teachers, in other words, of interest but not particularly interesting. But the unexpected happens and the collision knocks the moon out of its normal orbit around earth and terrible things begin to happen. Life as Miranda knew it changes quickly and relentlessly from one of normality to a frightening spectre of violent death and terrible deprivation. As suddenly as this happens in parts of world where tsunamis, earthquakes and floods wipe out huge areas of land and people, the changes in Miranda's world occur more gradually but relentlessly. Miranda's world becomes more and more focused on the tragedy and the effects of the global climactic change, and her frame of reference as a teen in a world of school, friends, sports and the future, shrinks down to the day to day survival of herself and her family of four. Miranda struggles to maintain her identity, her physical existence and her hope in the face of frightening odds against her.Read more ›
The reviews posted so far on Amazon are sufficient in summarizing the plot and commenting on the quality of the writing. It's obvious that a few issues stand out to many readers, and that those of us who have read this book are interested in what others think about them, so for that reason I'll offer my own opinions.
First, I'm not a scientist, and I can't comment on the feasibility of the asteroid/moon event. To me, it's just a device to set up the story - the author needed a worldwide cataclysm, and invented a cosmic event. If your fiction choices have to line up with hard science and you won't be able to get past this scenario, you probably shouldn't try reading this book.
Yes, I thought the jabs at the President, Fox News, etc., were unnecessary to the story, and only served to alienate part of the audience. Aside from that, I found Miranda's Mom to be a very interesting character. I cheered for her when she took quick, decisive action in buying supplies (even thinking of cat food, tampons, and baby clothes) and growing food. Many readers have accused her of cruelty or inconsistency; but I think her struggles were entirely realistic. She had to make the choice to provide for her family; to her, this meant shutting off her compassion for the outside world - and she's clearly tormented by it.Read more ›
Miranda thinks most of her mother's disaster-readiness is a bit silly, but she's willing to play along until the world rights itself. Unfortunately, New York, Boston, and Rhode Island are completely under ocean water, and the president has abandoned Washington, D.C. for his Texas ranch. Miranda is still coping with the death of one of her circle of friends, and feeling alienated from her two remaining friends. She has a crush on Dan, and they've been flirting at the town pond every day. Miranda's mom is rationing the canned goods, but Miranda is not above feeling resentful about the family's focus on nutrition for their precious younger son.
Life as We Knew It is an excellent book for discussion in a classroom or book club. Issues of looting, bribery, and rationing are raised. Miranda watches as one friend gets lost to a religious cult, while the parents of her other friend end up sending her off with an older man for a better life (they hope) down south.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Some parts are dragged out. I did not like the ending. But overall an interesting read.Published 1 day ago by aey
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the "Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls. It is that type of book that makes you relish in the simple things we usually take for... Read morePublished 7 days ago by girlonajetty
I'm really dissapointed with this book. I read this book for school and by the time I was a couple chapters in, this book was yawn worthy. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book has an amazing plot. In this dystopian world the main character lives with her family in a series of chaotic events. Read morePublished 14 days ago by IHP
One of the most amazing Sci-Fi books you can read that remain entirely relatable. Makes you appreciate what you have and wonder what may be coming in the future. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Anonymous
I loved this book, it's very fast moving. It made me realize how quick life can change. Felt like I was surviving with them.Published 16 days ago by luv2read
My two favorite genres in one: YA and catastrophic end of the world life ending event. Quick read. I might continue this series.Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
I don't know that I liked it enough to read the sequel, but maybe.Published 28 days ago by bkondritz