DNF Explanation for Life as we Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
How far I got: Page 150
So, I’ll start with the ultimate deciding factor before going into specific aspects that I didn’t like. I ultimately decided to stop at page 150 because something that just happened made me realize just how not into it I actually am. Dan said that he was working up the nerve to ask Miranda to the prom. But I thought he did that already when they were at the pool that one day. Apparently, it was just her dream and I didn’t even realize that? Okay, if I’m that uninterested in it that I’m not paying enough attention to notice whether something is a dream or actually happening, I think it’s time to stop. Especially when I’m not enjoying it for other reasons and I have debated putting it down for a while.
The writing style is very childish, which really bugs me. I mean, it is in a diary format, so it makes sense that a 16-year-old would sound that way. But, it’s kind of annoying to read. I guess I like my teen narrators to be more mature, so that it doesn’t feel like I’m reading children’s fiction. I would prefer a more mature writing style, even if it is less realistic. It would at least be more pleasurable to read. A lot of the things Miranda says are just such a childish way of thinking. It really bugs me to read. Here are some examples I found that just bothered me:
Another issue I had: I found it hard to believe that they would still have school the day after. The moon was hit by an asteroid and now it’s closer to Earth and there’s tsunamis and storms happening and killing millions of people around the world, but kids still have to go to school?!?! People should be going into survival mode, not living life as normal and as if nothing happened!
I had been wanting to put this book down for a while before I finally decided to. So, it was inevitable I guess…
Okay, your turn! Tell me what you thought of this book.
Did you love it and think I should give it another shot? Convince me!
Or did you dislike it as well? Tell me what bugged you.
This book was randomly chosen as my Random Read for the month.