Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Waiting On" Wednesday (41)

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Harcourt Childrens Books
April 1, 2010

It's been over a month since Miranda Evans has written in her diary, a month of relative calm for her and her family. It's springtime, and with warmer weather comes rain, and the melting of the winter's snow. The shad are running in a nearby river, and Miranda's brothers Matt and Jon leave home for a few days to see if they can catch some to supplement their food supply.

When they return, Matt brings with him a girl named Syl, who he introduces as his bride. But that's not the only shock Miranda and her family have to deal with. A few weeks later, Miranda's father, stepmother, and baby brother show up at her door. Accompanying them are three strangers, a man named Charlie Rutherford, and two teenagers, Alex and Julie Morales. These five people have crossed America together, becoming, in their own way, a family.

Miranda's complicated feelings about Alex, curiosity, resentment, longing, and passion turn into love. Alex's feelings are equally complex. His plans to escort Julie to a convent where she can be taken care of, so that he will be free to enter a monastery, are destined for failure. He wants desperately to live up to his moral code, but his desire for Miranda is too strong. He proposes to Miranda that they take Julie and go to a safe town.

But before Miranda and Alex can go off together, a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and in its aftermath, Miranda makes a decision that will change forever her life and Alex's, and the world that they live in will never be the same.


  1. Love this series. Great choice. Didn't know about this one. Can't wait

  2. Fantastic pick! I really liked the other two books, and can't wait to see Alex and Miranda meet. I think this one's going to be good.

  3. I'm really looking forward to this. The other two books were brilliant.

  4. Yes, can't wait! I have the dead and the gone to read very shortly, and I just loved the first book.

  5. I just finished Life As We Knew It this week and loved it! I was hoping to see more of what happened after it ended. Can't wait for this.

  6. Can't wait to get this one!! Loved Life as We Knew It.


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