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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Jul 11, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: dystopian-post-apocalyptic-fiction

Great premise, lots of suspense, even a good dash of bleakness, but the narrator, supposedly aged sixteen years, speaks with the voice of a just-turned-twelve-year-old, and it's just lame. It's like those Barbie commercials from way back when: the girls playing with the Barbies in the commercials were always, like, way too old to be playing with Barbies. No sixteen-year-old should have to suffer through this book's main premise: if the moon gets knocked out of orbit and the world comes to an end, the only thing we can expect from teenagers is whining, self-absorption, and terrible, terrible dialogue.
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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie I'm so glad it wasn't just me. I'm listening to this on audio and I cannot get over how little-kid the protagonist seems. To make matters worse, the person who read it has a super squeaky/whiny voice. It really prevents the book from being as good as it should be.

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