The ninth book I read this year was LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
I think one of the main things that makes this book scarily good is the fact that it's totally relatable. I mean, Miranda could have very well have been me, and her family very well could have been my family. Because of this reason, it really puts the whole situation into perspective. But not only this, for me it made me realize how much I have and how much of my life is considered a 'luxury'. Fresh food, the computer, chocolate. They're luxuries - not necessities.
Peter, Mom's boyfriend just kind of rubbed me the wrong way when we first met him. Although he always brought food, he also brought news of what the lastest disease people were dying from was. However, at the end seeing how hard he was working to help save people really made me appreciate what doctors do all the more. Honestly, I don't notice them enough because I simply hate the idea of going to the doctor. Megan, Miranda's friend, and her Pastor. Oh my gosh how they irritated me. It really bothered me that the Pastor was basically telling Megan to starve herself for the Lord. I mean, finding faith during this situation would be so important, but God would never want you to starve yourself. And the Pastor himself was eating well when all of his pupils weren't. Connection there? Yep. And then when Megan dies, the Church takes her in and burries her. But when Megan's mom committs suicide, the Church won't take her because it was an 'unholy' death. Wasn't Megan doing the same thing? Killing herself? It just really bothered me. Sammi, Miranda's other friend, ran off with a 40-year-old guy in hopes of escaping the disaster, hoping it'd be better somewhere else. She claimed she loved him, but who knows? Maybe she just thought he could provide better for her than her parents could. Finally, Dan, Miranda's boyfriend. I loved him, and so did Miranda. And then one day he left for the same reason Sammi did, but he didn't run off with a cougar. I just think in this situation you'd have to get used to the idea of people leaving you. Not knowing who your life will consist of day-to-day. It'd be hard.
And so I ask myself again, could I survive this?
I give this book 4/5 stars.