kbaccellia (kbaccellia) wrote,


When I was growing up during the 1970's I remember this article in the Sacramento Bee warning us of the massive earthquake that would cause California to slid into the Pacific ocean. Jean Dixon, a psychic and favorite of the tabloids, gave similar gloom and doom predications. My mother would tell me that it wouldn't happen. That this was just a way to sell newspapers.

But I oftened wondered what if they were right?

Susan Beth Pfeffer in her latest book LIFE AS WE KNEW IT explores this theme. Miranda is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She lives with her younger brother and mother. Her father's new wife is pregnant and asks her to be the godmother.

She struggles for good grades, has an crush on a local ice skater named Brandon, and struggles with one of her good friends overly religious views.

Then comes word of meteor headed on a collision path with the moon. The media plays this up and whole neighborhoods have block parties to celebrate the event. But then something goes terribly wrong.

Miranda watches as her life changes. Gas goes up to $12 a gallon, supermarkets run out of food, and school is closed indefinitely.

Just when she thinks it can't get any worse, it does.

This story is told in diary form and asks an important question. What's most important in this life? Thoughout the novel, Miranda watches as her family pulls together. And hope is not a four letter word.

I couldn't put this book down. The author did a great job of showing the horror and terror of a world disaster through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old. Miranda tries to stay normal though the world falls apart. She even wonders if Dan, her boyfriend, would know she was even around if things were normal.

This is a great what-if story and will make you think long after you finish the last page. And isn't that what good fiction is all about?
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