Monday, March 23, 2015

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Title: We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you Simon & Schuster!)
Read: February/March 2015
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.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

My first thoughts when I finished reading this book was: "WOW!" and "Holy Crap!"
I love this story. We All Looked Up is an amazing debut novel!

This book has it all. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. The Beautiful. 
Darkness with rays of hope. 

I really enjoyed reading it. The story really held my attention and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to the characters and the world in general. I felt so many different emotions while reading this story. I was definitely moved by this book. It is one of those books that really makes me stop and think about life.

This story is told from four perspectives: Peter (the jock), Eliza (ruined reputation), Andy (the slacker), and Anita (the smart kid). There is an asteroid heading towards Earth, with a 66.6% chance to collide and destroy. These four seniors have to decide what is really important in life due to the possibility of the end of the world happening. Should they still focus on the future or live for the "right now"? 

This story and the characters in it, really felt authentic and realistic to me. There are a lot of twists that I didn't see coming. I was really surprised by some of the things that happen in this book. So much happens! And I really like that even though there are some crazy situations, I didn't really think "No way, that would never happen." I'm not saying that when the end of the world happens, all the things in this book would occur. But I wouldn't doubt that the situations that Wallach writes in this story couldn't happen. I think that it could all happen, given the circumstances. 

I get nervous when I read books with several different perspectives because I worry that I won't be able to tell the characters apart and get their points of view mixed up. But that is NOT the case with this story. Each character definitely has their own voice. I didn't confuse any of them at all while reading this story. 

I really enjoyed reading each character point of view and getting to know them better. They are all so well developed. Each character has their own issues, things that they are going through. And none of them really hang out much before the possibility of the end of the world. I also like that even though they might come across as the stereotypical characters at first, there is definitely more to each character than what you first see. And I really enjoyed the characters interacting with each other. Especially the banter and the occasional banding together moments. 

My Recommendation:
READ IT! Seriously, I highly recommend reading this book! I think that it is a great story with fascinating characters. I was surprised by several things that happened. I found the story to be beautifully written and was definitely moved by it. I am so glad I read this story and I hope you all will enjoy this story and the characters as much as I have. The group of characters reminded me a bit of The Breakfast Club, so if you like that movie, then I definitely think you should give this book a read!

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***ALSO: If you haven't yet seen or heard, the author, Tommy Wallach, has an album based on We All Looked Up. You should go check it out, HERE. ***

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