"I looked out my window just now. I tried to look at the moon, but it scares me" pg. 23
In the novel Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer, a giant asteroid has collided with the moon, causing it to get knocked off of its orbit and get pushed closer to the earth. This is causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, power outages, cold temperatures, and volcanic ash to block out the sun.
The story is written as an epistolary journal from the perspective of a 16 year old girl named Miranda. Miranda tells her experiences as her and her family face the possible end of the world. She writes all of her thoughts and feelings, from talking about Brandon a figure skater she knows to explaining how tsunamis have wiped out Hawaii. She also writes how her and her family stock up on supplies, and how people in her neighborhood are freaking out and have started to break into stores.
I personally like this book. It connects to me personally because I used to live in California which is right on the west coast, and I have family and friends that live there. It also brought to my attention how one little thing such as the moon moving closer to the earth can cause so much destruction and start the end of the world. Even though I've only read the first 5 chapters of the novel, I am hooked.