When someone first mentioned Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, my first thought was, "That sounds interesting, but I don't know if I'll ever take the time to read it." I don't even remember requesting it from the library, but when it showed up on my reserve list, I brought it home anyway. I had seen that a few other friends had marked it as read on Goodreads and that they'd liked it, so I gave it a shot. The premise certainly sounded interesting: A meteor has hit the moon and shifted it closer to the earth causing catastrophic changes to the tides and resulting in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Miranda is a sixteen-year-old girl living in Pennsylvania and it is through her diary that we read about all that has happened.
When I started reading, I almost stopped right away because it is the diary of a sixteen-year-old girl and frankly, it reads just like one. Kudos to Pfeffer for getting the tone right, but I didn't know if I could avoid feeling irritated by it. I pressed on, figuring I would give it just a bit and I'm glad I did. It doesn't take very long to fall into the rhythm of her speech patterns. I did find the plot interesting and I'm always fascinated by survival stories. I can't help but wonder if I would make it. Would I be clever enough to do what would help my family outlast the crisis?
This book was a fun, quick read. I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series, but I would like to know what happens next. Have you read this series? Did you enjoy it? Would you be able to survive?