We All Looked Up (Review)
Title: We All Looked Up
Published Date: 24th March 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tommy Wallach, thank you for writing this.
chance that the world would end?