Saturday, January 26, 2008

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

When I was deciding which book on the Name that Book list to listen to next a while back, I was reluctant to listen to Life As We Knew It. This book is the diary of Miranda, which she writes leading up to and in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Everyone is very excited to watch an asteroid hit the moon, sort of like people getting excited about watching Halley's comet. But the night of the event, it is obvious that something has not gone as expected when the moon suddenly appears much closer than before. The asteroid was much bigger than originally thought, and it has knocked the moon out of orbit. This has a massive effect on the gravitational pull on the earth, causing tsunamis, volcanoes, and earthquakes worldwide.

This is a book about family and survival. Miranda is a typical 16-year-old with 16-year-old concerns, such as the crush she has on a local ice skating star. As is the case with all teenage girls, she has good days and bad, and the diary reflects these ups and downs.

This was overall a good listening experience. The narrator's voice wasn't annoying, and it kept my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes apocalyptic stories or movies, and who isn't annoyed by journal-type books.


Debi said...

Oh, this one sounds right up my alley! Thanks Somer!

Somer said...

I think you'll enjoy it!