Life as We Knew It

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Brandon Erlich Character Analysis

A famous ice skater whom Miranda idolizes. Before turning pro, he trained with Mrs. Daley, the ice skating coach Miranda had until she was sidelined by an injury. Miranda is very active in Brandon’s message boards before the moon incident. Afterward she worries about his safety and well being. At one point in the narrative she recounts a day where she meets Brandon and skates with him on Miller’s Pond, but later she doubts whether this actually occurred or was just a hallucination.
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Brandon Erlich Character Timeline in Life as We Knew It

The timeline below shows where the character Brandon Erlich appears in Life as We Knew It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...more with Hal, and they discuss Miranda’s desire to start ice-skating again, as well as Brandon Erlich, a local skater with Olympic ambitions. (full context)
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...she’d just found Reverend Marshall. Megan had responded that Miranda has deified a figure skater, Brandon Erlich . The journal entry ends with Miranda annoyed about studying and wishing for summer and... (full context)
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...Laura accuses Miranda of only wanting lessons so she can brag online about skating with Brandon Erlich ’s old coach. Miranda responds by accusing Laura of loving her brothers, Jonny and Matt,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...hour on the Internet. Miranda uses her time to look for information on figure skater Brandon Erlich —fans have been asking on his message boards, but no one knows his status. Miranda... (full context)
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...relieved to find that Mrs. Nesbitt’s family isn’t on the list—and Miranda is relieved that Brandon Erlich doesn’t appear on it. Jonny finds that many baseball players are dead, presumed dead, or... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...decides to go skating on Miller’s Pond. She arrives to see that world-famous figure skater Brandon Erlich is also there, and the two of them skate together. He encourages her and praises... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...back to the Miller’s Pond. Miranda can’t decide if she truly saw and skated with Brandon Erlich, or if she made it up. She’s kept busy taking care of Laura, who they’ve... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...going skating at Miller’s Pond. Miranda enjoys the time alone, and questions whether or not Brandon Erlich was ever really there. She notices the lake surface has been hacked for drinking water.... (full context)