We All Looked Up (Review)

We All Looked Up (Review)
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Title: We All Looked Up

Author:  Tommy
Wallach
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Published Date: 24th March 2015
Rating: 5 stars
 
*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*
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.

Review: Is it
possible for a book to make you revise your outlook on life? Yes, yes it is.
With this one it is. I hope you’re buckled up because you are in store for a
long review, simply because I want to talk about this book a lot.
My original thoughts when starting this one is that it is
sort of going to be like a dystopian set in the real world. And it sort of was
– people did the things that people do at the end of the world. Riot, quit
jobs, move back home and all that kind of stuff. But there was a whole lot more
to this novel because it was about contemplating the meaning of life, and the
meaning of who you are and why we are here as well. I liked reading about that
philosophy ingrained in this novel.
There was a lot of drinking and drugs mentioned, as well
as some sex although nothing was very explicit. I didn’t approve of a lot of
it, but then I think the author was just trying to show us teenagers being
teenagers. Well, a certain kind of teenagers.
We have a lot of characters and I am going to run through
them all with my thoughts. Peter was my favourite character. He was the popular
kid, but really he was a simplistic and thoughtful person. Before the news of
the asteroid he was starting to think about the meaning of life already and if
everything he was doing in life mattered. He was loyal, steadily so and very
loving, even to his sister nicknamed Misery and is quite the troublemaker. But
even if he was the goody-two-shoes of the story, so innocent but aware at the
same time, he was still human. He could still let the anger get the better of
him, get depressed sometimes, and would blindly enter into dangerous situations
if it meant he would be helping someone else.
No words to describe how this made me feel…
Eliza is a girl who gets bullied at school. She’s a
photography and has a reputation for sleeping around ever since she kissed
someone who was dating someone else. The rumors have their own little bits of
truth in them. But I felt pity for her. She was having her own family issues,
and with her parents being divorced and her father dying of cancer. I didn’t
like her, but I didn’t dislike her either.
Anita was the perfect student, set to go to a college
with high credits and basically seen as perfect in everyone’s eyes. But she had
a wish to be a singer, which is something her parents didn’t agree with. I
don’t have much to say about her really. I liked her character, and she seems
to be someone who developed a lot in the novel. She refined her ideals, got mixed
in with a crowd she could never imagine herself being with, and found out that
her judgment on a lot of people was wrong.
Andy was a live and let die type of person. He’s laid
back and although he has the ‘I’m too good for this’ demeanor, he is a pretty
smart person and has a bit of a cute childlike personality. Although he knows
how to get drunk, I do think he is the sort of person who tends to see the best
in people.
As for the asteroid heading to the earth or maybe not? In
the end I kind of wanted it to (note
the kind of). I don’t know why, but after all the characters had been put
through everything they had, I felt like they deserved the end as they were
expecting it. And that was for it to actually end. I am not going to tell you
what happens, but in the end of the story, I was satisfied with what the author
had done. Reading this made me think of what I would do if there were only a
33% chance that the world wouldn’t end. It was hard to picture.
I laughed at some points in this novel. I couldn’t stop
reading, and I liked how the ending of the world seemed to bring people
together who might not have been that way without it. I did think that it was
interesting to see all the characters opinions on each other and how that
compared to who they really were.
Romance became a pretty big thing by the end of the
novel, and that bothered me a little bit. I mean, when you might die I guess
you do think of love, but I still was
a bit annoyed. I wanted more than all this love drama. There was action towards
the end as well, even if it was a small amount. It was impressive because this
was a more contemplative and also character driven novel – I wasn’t expecting
anything like that in the plot.
The book backtracked a couple of times (with that I mean
telling the same part of the story from another characters point of view) but
it worked well enough. I always understood when it was happening. By the end of
the book, I couldn’t help feel irrevocably sad. And not just because of things
that had happened in the novel itself, but just generally. Because if the
situation like that was really happening, I am pretty sure events would’ve
unfolded the way they did in this novel, which is a sad point.
I never expected to love this novel as much as I did.
Tommy Wallach, thank you for writing this.
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: What would you do if there was a 66%
chance that the world would end?

Olivia-Savannah x


36 thoughts on “We All Looked Up (Review)”

  • I really loved your review! And I also loved this novel too, I read a little while after it released, but it was such a good take on the world ending. I really liked all of the characters and Andy really grew on me as the story went on. Anyway great review as for your question – who knows what I'd do. I'd definitely be with my family but until that situation actually arrised I couldn't predict how I would react, you know 🙂

  • I also liked this book. And I do think the purpose of this book was to make us reflect.
    I practically agree with everything you wrote, especially about the romance becoming bigger.
    I don't write book reviews anywhere but after reading this I had to write something down. Here it goes (and yes, you can laugh): Guess who didn't look up. F*cking Peter! (this was actually my first thought hahaha) Tommy, you showed me your intentions regarding Peter and I decline it. I don't accept it. In my mind, he's well alive. And that ending? Couldn't you just tell what happened? I believe it was a happy ending because I need that. After all the stuff the characters went trough, they deserve it. And honestly I'm tired of sad endings so for this one, happy ending it is. But damn!, there's a part pf me that believes the sad ending would be a great one" Yeah, I was feeling a little angry hahah But I kind of believe they actually died
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    • Ah, Catia, watch with spoilers even in the comments because some people do read the comments as well and wouldn't want to know what is going to happen! It is impossible to know how things completely ended, but I can appreciate that too.

  • I've read a couple of reviews for this, although none really gave me the feeling of the book- the depth on the characters and who they are beneath what everyone else thinks- like yours did. I enjoyed the fact you made it long to get into all the details and all that! It was a really good review, too.
    This is one of those books that everyone seems to adore/really enjoy but I've never been particularly drawn to. Contemporary isn't my favourite genre at all (probably, overall, my least- I get a lot of disappointments in contemporary) and the topic hasn't grasped me, despite all the love for it.
    What would I do if there was a 33% chance the world would still be here tomorrow? I don't even like to think! I guess… I'd walk, with my dog and my mother. I'd speak to those who weren't near and I would cook. Walking and cooking are really important and enjoyable to me, and it feels like I share conversation more intricately, I suppose, when I do those things.
    xx

    • I am glad you liked the review ^^ I think whether you do or don't like this one is largely based on you though – and if you don't like contemporaries then this is probably not for you because the romance drama is heavy tipped in this one. I like that you know which hobbies are good for you and open you as you talk 🙂

  • This seems like such an amazing book! I like it when books are more characters driven and you can actually relate to the characters. I have to admit I'm a bit scared to read this book though. End of days stories really, really scares me. I start wondering what I would do if something like that could happen in reality and what I would do, lol. I tend to get worried very easily.

  • I listened to this as an audiobook and also really liked it! All the romance drama was a bit annoying, but in the end it was more about imagining people more complexly than their stereotypes and finding meaning in life. I have to say I didn't really like any of the characters more than the others, because they all had their flaws and good parts, but I really liked Andy and Anita's music projects!

  • It sounds like you really liked this one. I saw this one and thought about reviewing it, but I didn't like the partying environment. I'll have to think about trying it.

  • I've been wanting to read this book for awhile. And 5 stars from you? More the reason to pick it up! Lovely review!
    & if there was a 66% chance of the world ending, I would probably get all my friends and family in one place and stay with them. 🙂

  • I'm usually not a big fan of contemporary, but I do like dystopian/apocalyptic books and because of the slight cross-over it sounds like something I might enjoy! Also I find the cover really intriguing somehow.

  • I've seen this around but although it sounds good and you loved it more than you thought you would, I don't think I will pick it up but hey, I'm glad you loved it ^^ and if there was a 66% chance of the world ending, I have no clue what would I do…. maybe just stay with my family as long as I can 🙂

  • I'm currently reading a book about characters facing a life altering global event. It seems to be a giant metaphor for the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and people's reaction to that. Thanks for this great review!

  • This is on my wish list as well. So glad that you love this. How does one prepare for something like this? I think that maybe I'd want to sit down with my estranged family members and see if It's even worth it to accept their forgiveness. It is the end after all. As for myself, personally, I'd read like crazy. I'm serious! I'd do nothing but read read read, until that final moment.

    • I hope you get the opportunity to read it soon! I like the sound of trying to make amends though. Perhaps we don't even need the world to end for that to be a good idea. I think I might be doing some cram reading as well. All those books I wanted to try!

  • I saw the cover of this novel and since then I wanted to read it, having only a slight idea of what the plot might be. But now after reading your review it's definitely on my to-read list!!

    I don't like thinking about the world ending… just like I don't like thinking about me dying one day, and it's not because of normal reasons like family, love and stuff… I just have so many things to read and watch and listen to and I want to enjoy them all!! Does that sound stupid or selfish? When I was a little kid I wished so hard to become a vampire just so I could read forever! I mean, think about all the awesome books and great tv shows that the humans are going to make after my death!! I want to enjoy those as well! It's not fair!!

    • I hope you like it when you do try this one out!
      I can see what you mean about not wanting to run out of time quite yet, and not thinking about it helps to have something more positive to focus on. It ISN'T fair, but I think I have come to accept that it will never be 🙂

  • What would you do if there was a 66% chance that the world would end? I think I'd drive up immediately to be with my family. They are all about 8 hours away.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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