Dear Susan Beth Pfeffer,
There is absolutely no way of comprehending what could happen to us on Earth, an asteroid could hit the moon. Your book, Life As We Knew It, made me realize this. Every time I turned one of it's pages, I thought to myself, "This could really happen." It's scary how unprepared we are for certain situations. Before I read your book, I didn't really care about other people, and never thought about how I would react if there was a natural disaster,
I started thinking that maybe it's not all about the present. "What about the future? Am I ready mentally and physically if the world is suddenly put into the tragedy that Miranda faced?” When I look back at all the scary situations I’ve been put in, I ponder... "If I thought, in those situations, that I wasn't going to survive, would I have helped my family? Would I have been so unselfish as her?" I know, that before I read Life As We Knew It, I would have been very selfish.
No matter how much I cared, I would have made myself safe first. Miranda didn't though. She took care of her family when there was no one else. That took bravery and courage. I've realized from this book that that's the kind of person I want to be. To be able to show unconditional love and support is something very valuable.
Life As We Knew It changed my life. I've learned that dying for someone would be better than selfishly leaving them to die. I look at my life from different angles now. I don't just think about the outcome for myself, I think about the people I love and how it will effect them. Thank you so much for writing your amazing book.