Wednesday, July 29, 2015

REVIEW: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Publication date: March 24, 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.

So when I saw this book I instantly fell in love with the cover and bought it mainly for that reason (I know, I know, "don't judge a book by its cover" but I love this cover!) I then went home and looked up reviews and the majority of them were not very good. However, I read it anyway, as I like to make my own opinion, and I am SO glad I did.

I love how Wallach showed multiple ways that people would respond to the end of the world, from acting like nothing is wrong to freaking out- it's all in this book. I also enjoyed the switching of P.O.V.'s Each character brought something new to the story. The bonds between friends (old and new) were tested throughtout the entire story. It really makes you wonder how you'd react if the end of the world was near.

I think my heart stalled when Peter died. I never saw that one coming! I was frustrated to the max, but, as a reader I understand what it adds to the story so, someday, I will forgive Wallach for that one.

Now, I don't want to give anything else away so I'll just say this:
This ending made me so mad and yet it was so perfect at the exact same time and I may have shed a tear or two.

I rate this novel 4/5 stars.

Link(s) to purchase:
Amazon: We All Looked Up

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