Book Reviews

life as we knew it

Title: life as we knew it

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Age group: Basically anyone as long as you’re okay with intense themes and having many deep life questions attack you suddenly

Rating: 4/4 Stars

Synopsis: “Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? 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” (

I don’t even know why I gave this four stars. I don’t even know why this book has me so shook. I don’t even know how you could not appreciate this book.

Let’s hold up and I’ll start over a little less flustered…

I originally bought this book to use for a school project, but later realized that I couldn’t use it. So, it’s been sitting on my bookshelf looking pitiful and a few days ago I just snapped and decided there was no point in letting it sit there because I would keep looking at it and feeling awkward forever.

So I decided that I would read it *gasp*. I honestly didn’t expect to like it, because books associated with school projects aren’t always the most fun things to read. However, I can easily say that I am totally blown away with this novel! To get my thoughts clear and make sure I mention everything here’s a list of why I loved this book:

  • The plot pacing in this book was honestly pretty slow. It wasn’t really the epic lets-go-on-a-world-saving-adventure that I was expecting. The events passed slowly and simply; It was a rollercoaster, but made for little kids who are afraid of speed and heights. HOWEVER, the slowness of the events taking place somehow seemed to make the book fly by and I seriously couldn’t put it down. I’m still kind of mystified about that, but I have a theory, which brings us to the next point…
  • This book was super intense. The life-changing events that happen to Miranda and her family are pretty intense things to have to go through and I think that this was really well conveyed through the diary entries. I was totally there rooting for Miranda and felt like I was part of the story. That’s some powerful writing right there. This whole intense, scary, plot line also really brought up a lot of interesting questions about today’s world and I definitely was reminded to be so very thankful for everything and not to take things for granted.
  • The last thing, is the way the diary entries shaped the way the story was conveyed. I love reading books using this style and I think that they did convey the story well. Miranda changed a lot throughout the book and the reader really gets to see this fascinating transformation take place. We didn’t get to see as much evolution from the other characters like her brothers. To me, though, this wasn’t really a big deal. This book is amazing!

Happy Reading 2018–Let’s fly together!

Mayah XO

Copyright 2018

One thought on “life as we knew it

  1. Wow, what a story sounds like a great read, one worth the time. I enjoyed your take on the book it sounds like the book grabbed you and took you on adventure


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