Book Ratings

  • **** One of the best books I've read
  • *** I liked this book
  • ** This book is okay
  • * I do not recommend this book

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer


Lauren M said...

I looked at this book on the shelf, and decided against reading it. When one of my friends recommended it, I thought I’d try it out finally, considering I had nothing else to read. I’m so glad I did. It’s one of those books that makes you think – really, genuinely think, and I love that. Life As We Knew It is about when an asteroid hits the moon and knocks it off-kilter. It begins to affects things like tides, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. It’s almost as if the world is ending. Which really made me wonder… what would it be like if the world actually ended?
A novel like this is tricky to write. It’s so easy to get carried away and make things unrealistic seeming. Luckily, Susan Beth Pfeffer did an amazing job of capturing what might really actually happen to the world and the contained people if the moon was hit by an asteroid. It’s scary, seeing the world end on the pages in front of you, yet it’s so awe-inspiring, so impossibly realistic that it’s one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. I’d sit there and read it, page after page, and then something would spur me to look up and I’d panic – I would actually panic, because I was pulled cleverly into thinking that what was happening in the book was actually happening in real life. That just shows how masterful Susan Beth Pfeffer is at creating a novel.
I’ve never been one to read books written in diary entry form, but again, Susan Beth Pfeffer can do it like no other. The diary is written by a girl named Miranda, and the whole book is concentrated around her family and what happens to them. They have to face things like, deciding whether or not to continue school, or how to ration food. I loved this book a lot, because it’s a book not many people can pull off writing, and Susan Pfeffer was so great at… ending the world, that I couldn’t put it down until the end. I highly recommend that you read this book, because I think it’s so horrifyingly amazing that everyone should try reading it.

Bre Olstad said...

I found this book extremely boring. In the beginning it seemed like nothing was going on, I thought as the book went on that I would get more into it but that never happened. I just find it completely unbelievable that there was no help for anyone and everybody was starving to death. In today’s world it seems like if something like that would happen that there would be a way for people to get the help they needed. I also didn’t like the ending; it was like what happens next? I didn’t like this book and I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone for this unit.

Kristin L said...

**I thought that this book was okay. It was really good at the beginning and then it just started to die off. It made it really hard to stick with the book at some points. However, the book was good at some points. Like I said, it started really good, but then just drug on. That also happened during the book too. A really exciting part would happen, and then it just drug on for too long. I do not recommend this book unless you really think you can stick with it. If you can, it is a good book.

Garet G aka Billy mitchell said...

** This book was pretty boring and had almost no action throughout the whole book. I dont think what happened in the book could ever actually happen in real life. I wouldnt recommend this book unless you like books that had a boring storyline. I think the book focused too much on one aspect of the characters lives.

Anna J said...

***What would someone do if the world was coming to an end; the moon is moving closer to the earth, worldwide tidal waves, blizzards, everyone dying of the starvation or the flu? What Miranda Evans did in the book Life as We Knew It keeps a journal on her family struggle to stay alive in a harsh time. They are all alone, everyone moved to somewhere to be better off and no way of know whether they were alive or die. This book may never come true, but it sure gets the reader thinking about what it would be like if the world was coming to an end. I enjoyed reading this book. I should have because I read it in two days.

Landon H said...

Life as We Knew It by seems like it would be a better book than what it is based on the plot. The reason I didn’t like it was because it was a diary. The book is about how the moon is supposedly going to crash into the earth, and everybody is in a massive panic. I would give this book 2 out of 5.

Emily W said...

**** I thought this book was hard to put down after I started it. The way Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote Life as we Knew It through the eyes of a teenager. Everything going on is written in diary form from the eyes of a sixteen year old girl named Miranda. Her family goes through learning how to survive when an asteroid hits the moon and moves the moon. When the moon moved the gravitational pull to the earth changed therefore things changed in big ways such as the weather. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

Meggie S. said...

**1/2 The book Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer was not the best book I read, but I think it is one of the better sci-fi books on the shelf. For the sci-fi unit I recommend it but for just a book to read I wouldn’t because there are better books our there. It is about a family of three children and a mother. An asteroid is about to hit the moon and everybody is waiting outside to see it. When it hits it, the moon was tilted and it was a lot larger than before. The phones lines were out and the radio stations were out and the TV connection was going in and out. Since the moon controls the tides, there are tsunamis, and massive flooding all over the world. There are many earthquakes and there are volcanoes erupting all over the world. There is no electricity anywhere and they are living off the food in their cabinets. The winter hits and will they keep warm, stay fed and well nourished?