We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up by Tommy WallachWe All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on March 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review, this does not influence the contents of my review.

I am always curious about how books can blend reality and fiction into something that makes your eyes water and your heart sing. And oh my gosh, after reading We All Looked Up, it seems the boundaries between reality and fiction know no bounds for this book.

It all starts when scientists discover an asteroid coming near Earth. At first, they say it’ll just pass us by and go on its merry way. But when it seems like there’s a huge possibility it will end up crashing into Earth, world as we know it is changed. Suddenly, four teenagers find themselves thrown together in unlikely odds. The jock, the lazy skateboarder, the smart one heading to Princeton and the girl with a bad reputation. In We All Looked Up, these kids struggle to find themselves and where they belong in the world.

First off, I need to express my inner thoughts with a statement: HOLY MOLY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Now, I will try to coherently express my thoughts.

You should know that these characters aren’t all likeable. I mean, I loved Anita and Peter, but other characters annoyed me at times and JUST WHY. But that’s the thing about teenagers, they have flaws and make really dumb mistakes so even though I might’ve disagreed with them sometimes, I actually felt like they were real. And if they actually were, I would have gave a serious lecture to some of these kids because -spoilers-

The plot was amazing and I am still surprised at how well it worked in four different point of views. It was all magical and glorious. I felt like I was living in the same world as these kids, almost to the point where I thought what was happening to them was happening to me (and I’m glad it’s not). The romance is all shades of complicated (as with any standard high school story) but I loved it and how it turned out.

I definitely recommend this book for people looking for an amazing new contemporary that will hopefully speak to their inner-existentialist and inner-teenager. Heck, I recommend it to everyone.

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Shelly Z is a reader, writer and blogger. She works for Adventures in YA Publishing, a 101 best site for writers selected by Writer’s Digest, and is a blogger at Read.Sleep.Repeat. She rants as much as she reads. You can find her on twitter at @shellysrambles.

14 thoughts on “We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

  1. Hazel @ Stay Bookish

    Lovely review, Shelly! Now I’m totally intrigued and absolutely want to read this! I love that the characters were very realistic and glad to hear that this one felt magical! I’m definitely going to pick it up if I have the chance- thank you for the brilliant recommendation!
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    1. Shelly

      I hope you get a chance to read it, it’s amazing! Hope you like it 🙂
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  2. Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    Yours is the first review I’ve read for We All Looked Up. This is one of my most anticipated books, so I’m thrilled to see the 5 star rating. I have this on reserve at the library, but I’m tempted to go ahead and pre-order, just because I want to see that cover without the library covering over it.
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    1. Shelly

      I’m happy I have the honour of being your first review for a book you’re excited about! If you decide to pre-order it, I know it’ll be worth it, I’m pining to buy a copy for myself soon!
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  3. Katrina @ Bookish Things

    Love your review! And I felt the same way. This is definitely on my top reads of 2015 list. You did a better job of putting your thoughts in words. My review is kind of insane. lol
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    1. Shelly

      Haha I think this is one of my more -intricate- reviews, usually they’re a mess!
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  4. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    YES!!! I want this book. I love the cover and have heard stellar things. It’s on my to buy list!
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  5. Alice

    I’ve seen this before, but haven’t read a review, but I will definitely check it out now!
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    1. Shelly

      Yay, I hope you get a chance to read it!
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  6. Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

    I’ve heard great things about this one overall! It seems like the kind of book that could either be REALLY great or really..not. haha I preordered it because I’m obsessed with the cover. Hope I enjoy it too! Great review 🙂
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    1. Shelly

      The cover is worth it, even if you don’t like it- at least you have the awesome book to display on your shelves! Thank you 🙂
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  7. Cassi @ MyThoughtsLiterally

    I liked this one a lot. The characters were indeed amazing. They each felt so realistic and had very distinct voices which made the changing perspectives work. And Peter and Anita were my favorites too. Great review!
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    1. Shelly

      Peter and Anita (<3 <3)!!! They were my favourites, I love them! And thank you! 😀
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