I bought LIFE AS WE KNEW IT on a night when all I wanted to do was wander through stores looking at pretty things, like books. Some days, breathing feels like a chore. I've usually let my armor down on those days, when the heavy weight of rejection letters restrict the diaphragm from contracting. Those are the days that book stores beg to be wandered more so than any other time.
I plucked LIFE AS WE KNEW IT from the shelf. The beautiful cover of the moon caught my attention first. And then, I opened the book. I didn't want to put it down. It stayed glued to my finger tips until the very end. It remained with me weeks after.
That's how I know a book is great. It tosses a veil over my head that I can't remove, no matter how hard I try. Sometimes the veil is rose colored. Other times, it is gray. This time, it was charcoal.
This novel pulled at my tears and tore my heart many times. It made me think about important stuff and I almost stocked my cupboards full of food. Once the charcoal veil wore off, I rebuilt my armor and realized that getting published won't friggin' matter if a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. Dude, if that happens, you can find me at the grocery store.
I will never review a book that I don't like. It is rare for me to rate a book a "Why don't you marry it?" This book, however, is a rare find indeed.
The first book in a trilogy and a must read.
Rating: WHY DON'T YOU MARRY IT?
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
Hardcover: October, 2006
Paperback: May, 2008
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
SYNOPSIS FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should a family prepare for a 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.
Told in journal-entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world."
Peace out, yo.