Friday, August 7, 2015

A Thoughtful Read: We All Looked Up - Tommy Wallach

We All Looked UpWe All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach 
Date Released: March 24, 2015
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Series: Standalone!

Goodreads Synopsis: Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. 

But then we all looked up and everything changed. 

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end. 

Two months to really live.

From Goodreads

To be honest, I was looking forward to picking this one up. There was a lot of good reviews here and there, with the exception of a couple bad ones, I knew I had to pick it up. We All Looked Up was a good portrayal of how teens would react and act if their circumstances forced them do value every second of their lives just as a asteroid, Ardor, is about to come crashing into Earth. The novel was good, nothing special, but I enjoyed reading about each of the character's journey into a world where they almost have nothing left. Opening and refreshing, it was a great novel :) 

The novel has multiple perspectives from Eliza, Andy, Peter and Anita, four high school students who's lives are about to change because of Ardor, an asteroid, that is about to hit Earth. Wallach is able to paint a novel where any reader could relate to at least one of the characters and see themselves in their shoes. I enjoyed reading all of the perspectives, and I was actually able to keep up with the plot and characters. Wallach also bring in some diversity in his novel, by including a trans, Hispanic, and African American characters into the mix. While each character goes through with their own journey, it all eventually leads them together and it gives a lot of though to the reader. Like how would we change if an asteroid was coming to Earth to destroy the only place we know? What would we do with out limited time? I absolutely love it when a novel does that and if you do to check this one out!

The novel does suffer from a some slow points in the novel, with a couple drawn out chapters. Some times I found myself having to re-read a couple chapters before to remember where I was and what was going on. But overall, I still greatly enjoyed the book!

We All Looked Up is a great read if your looking for a realistic/contemporary that leaves you with a lot to think about life and how valuable time is. Check this one out!


  1. I would imagine this to be a suspenseful read, no? I'd love to see this in the big screen, actually. :)


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