Life As We Knew It
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
Blurb from Goodreads: "Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the 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."
I read this book because of the amazing review Susan gave it not too long ago. It was just as good as she said.
The story is told through journal entries Miranda writes, which at first, I wasn't crazy about. It felt like I was being held at a distance from the story. An arm's length from being truly immersed.
As I kept reading, the more I liked it though. The more I appreciated being held at arm's length. It's not a fanciful tale of how one family survives and act as heroes without any loss on their part. No. It's a story about suffering. About finding something, anything, positive to cling to in the depths of despair. It's about sacrificing yourself, your safety, your well being for the people you love. Being the epitome of un-selfish, and Miranda's path to get there.
This is a book that will stick with you. It'll make you look around and wonder, "Wow, how did I get so lucky?"
Go read it. You won't regret it.