Life As We Knew It
Susan Beth Pfeffer
The book, “Life As We Knew It”, is a personal diary from a 16 year old girl named Miranda. Miranda lives with her two older brothers and her mom. She also has a dad and stepmom and they have a baby on the way. As this book opens up it seems like a regular diary. Miranda writes about her family, school, and life. As the diary goes on we figure out that there are some weird things that are about t happen to the world. After a crater hits the moon, everyone’s lives change. All the stores and gas stations start to close. Everything just seemed to keep getting worse and worse. There was no longer electricity, or running water. People were dying left and right. After a very close call for Miranda’s family after they got really sick, things started looking up. Miranda was about ready to let herself die when she found out the mayor was giving food away. The book ends on Miranda’s birthday and with things looking more positive for her, her brothers, and her mom.
I personally do not think that this book was very good and I do not think that it would be a good book to use in a classroom. I do understand how it could be good for the purpose of letting students see how hard without electricity and food life be. It could teach them to be thankful for what they have. However, I do believe that this book has a lot more negative things then good things. For one thing, this book makes Christians seem crazy and extreme. Also, there is some bad language in this book and there is several times in the book where Miranda has a fling with a boy. Overall, I really did not care for this book and I do not think that it would be appropriate to use in a classroom unless you would be really careful about the bad language and other touchy issues. - EM