I picked up Life As We Knew It when I was in class 6, only because I really liked its cover. (Sigh, too much for not judging a book by its cover). Little did I know that I would fall in love with the words of this book as well. It’s a typical apocalypse story, only its not. There are no superheroes flying around in capes to save the world, (Yeah yeah, I know that only happens in movies) and there are no larger-than-life tragedies. The story only focusses on a small family and how they struggle on a day-to-day basis with the impending apocalypse.
As Tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes become everyday news rather than breaking news, Miranda’s diary entries become more and more desperate. Summer turns to a never-ending winter and best friends turn into fanatics. From worrying about the usual teenage problems like prom dates and angry mothers who just don’t allow you to do what you want, Miranda’s life changes tremendously when an asteroid hits the moon. Suddenly, the future begins to look very bleak. The story is in the form of a diary entry and that is one of the biggest reasons why the book hits home.
You begin to worry about Miranda’s problems like they’re your own. You begin to worry about her religions friend Megan, about the sacrifices made by Miranda’s mother, about the daily struggles of a middle class family trying to make it in these testing times. The best thing about Life As We Knew It is how each character is beautifully flawed and the fact that they all know this about themselves.
So many years and one scene that I absolutely cannot get out of my head is when Miranda’s mom forces Miranda to eat all the chocolate chips when she finds her stealing them. I don’t know why I cannot get over that scene. Maybe because it stayed with me how even during an apocalypse, a mother must not stop inculcating the right morals and the right values in their kids.
Read this book at night with a tub of chocolate ice cream beside you. You’ll thank me later. 🙂