I read a review of this young adult novel on Book Addiction and just had to get to the library and get. It quickly moved its way up to the top of my TBR list.
This book is the journal of a young woman that details her and her family’s struggle after a meteor knocks the moon closer in orbit to the earth. This lunar impact causes drastic changes on Earth, including extreme climate changes, loss of major cities/states, lack of food and gas, etc. It kind of reminded me of a more interesting version of The Road.
I really enjoyed the diary approach as it really let us into this teen’s feelings. It was true to life in showing a typical adolescent’s feelings and how they continue even in the face of great tragedy before she must learn to grow up too soon.
It dealt wonderfully with the confusion the teen feels when her mother stops wanting her to consider others outside the family and the anger that results. This part did remind me of The Road when the father in that book got angry with his son when the son wanted to help strangers they found along the way. It made me wonder how I would react as a parent in these situations. When I read The Road, I was shocked by the father’s reactions to the son wanting to help. Then, the mother in Life As We Know It reacted similarly. I guess the parental instinct for protecting one’s family outrules wanting to help others.
I admired the strength of this mother, questioned the father’s choices, was shocked by some things people in general did. I thought this book was thought-provoking in a way that I didn’t get from The Road which many other readers seemed to, like my husband. I guess I get more out of a story with characters I can identify with than from a book with two unnamed characters that I never seemed to be able to “get.”
Overall, I’m glad I took Book Addiction’s recommendation and I add my own to the growing list of people who really enjoyed this one.