Life As We Knew It takes a stab at answering those questions in the form of a teen’s journal, starting right before an asteroid hits the moon. At first, nothing seems much different except that the moon is huge in the sky. But soon reports are coming in about stronger tides taking out coastal areas everywhere, including some offshore oil rigs. Everyone panics and buys out the supermarkets; the cost of gas goes up right quick; the electricity starts to blink out. But still Miranda has to go to school... until the school, with no electricity and no food and a decreasing student population, closes early. And then things get worse.
I loved this book and devoured it in just a few hours. Pfeffer could have gone for the "people helping people" saccharine view, or the "people murdering people" depressing view, but instead she wrote this incredibly realistic account of what you and I would probably go through if suddenly something like this happened. I was sympathetic not just to Miranda but to her mother and brothers and her father's new family and her friends who've gone weird but who are still her friends, and I cried a whole bunch when some bad things happened to these good people. Even better, Pfeffer has written a couple of companion novels that take place in the same world and explore other teens and their asteroid experiences. Highly recommended for those who never want to look at the moon the same way again.
--Alison McCarty, Callahan Branch Library
Find Life As We Knew It in the Nassau County Public Library System catalog.