Article Title

Life As We Knew It


Emma Patton


Excellent, Young Adult, Mothers; divorce; families; hunger; natural disasters; apocalypse; school; brothers; death; sickness; worry; teenager; diary; change

Document Type

Book Review


Miranda never appreciated her normal teenage life. After an asteroid throws the moon off its normal orbit, “normal” becomes a thing of the past. The moon’s gravity alters tidal patterns and tsunamis destroy coastal towns. Volcanoes that have been dormant for centuries begin erupting and the air is perpetually filled with ash, blocking the sun from reaching the ground and lowering the temperature. The most reliable institutions, like the government and schools, try their best to maintain order, but quickly fall apart as life becomes a game of survival. As Miranda and her family fight to survive, they must find hope in the smallest of victories. And as Miranda is confronted with challenges that are more and more grueling, she must decide whether she will remain the normal teenage girl that she once was or whether she will rise to the occasion and develop into a stronger, more compassionate version of herself.