|Title: We All Looked Up|
Author: Tommy Wallach
Published: March 24, 2015 by Simon & Schuster
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Synopsis: 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 an advance copy of this book from the published (Thanks Simon Teen) in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***
I was really looking forward to reading We All Looked Up. I don't often see apocalyptic fiction. I'm not sure I've ever read anything that speculated the idea of what it would be like if the apocalypse was upon us. It's a unique concept and I'm always looking to try something different, especially when it comes to Contemporary novels, which I am starting to explore a lot more lately. There were some really great things about We All Looked Up, including complex characters and beautiful writing, but the plot fell a little short for me.
Plus every character was incredibly well-rounded and complex. They had strengths and weaknesses, and they were really just trying to figure themselves out. Each of them had to preform a delicate balancing act between who others saw them as and who they saw themselves as. This of course come into conflict at times. Peter's not your typical jock. He's a bit of an intellectual, has a serious heart of gold, and wonders if there's more to it all. Eliza is seen as a promiscuesce and jaded artist but she's also very caring and self-conscious. To others Anita seems like a spoiled goody-goody but she doesn't have the best home life and she has dreams that don't include an Ivy League education. Andy is a slacker skateboarder but he's also really compassionate, loving, and a great friend. They could have been cliches, but they weren't. The characters Tommy created were so complex and they were one of my favorite parts of the book.
Despite some things that fell a little short for me, including a plot that didn't feel completely cohesive, We All Looked Up was an enjoyable read with great characters and beautiful writing that made me think long after I had finished reading. It was a great debut.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy/Borrow. I would recommend this book but I think it would appeal to a pretty specific audience. It feels like what I would call YA Literary Fiction. If you are looking for a unique read with complex characters that explores some deep philosophical themes then check this book out. It is weird and definitely unlike any other book I have read, especially for a YA contemporary, and I mean that in a good way.
Have your read We All Looked Up? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING.