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 (3.5 stars):

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for review. This does not affect my opinion. 

We All Looked Up is the story of 4 very different high school seniors–Eliza, Andy, Peter, and Anita–who learn that the end of the world is coming, and that they have 2 months to live. I have mixed feelings about this book because while there were a few things I really liked, it wasn’t quite as good as I had anticipated.

Eliza, Andy, Peter and Anita are all very different and while I thought they were pretty decent characters, my favourite was probably Anita. She’s very smart and although she got into Princeton, she dreams of being a singer. I definitely don’t dream of being a singer, but I think that personality-wise, she was the one I connected with the most. Andy, on the other hand, wasn’t as great. I really didn’t understand why he constantly defended his horrible best friend, Bobo, and just generally acted so badly. I have nothing against unlikable characters, but there was no explanation of why.

Despite my dislike of Andy, the other characters were pretty interesting and I definitely think that having such different characters made the book more well-rounded as a whole. There are many beautiful, philosophical lines that I wanted to bookmark so badly, especially near the end.  The writing is very good!

I have two opinions when it comes to how We All Looked Up dealt with the apocalypse. In general, people aren’t really praying and trying to end their lives as good people. They’re acting out, getting revenge, and generally trying to do everything that they want. “After all, everyone is probably going to die in 2 months, so who cares?” seems to be the mantra. The police are struggling to keep order. I felt like that was very realistic, which was great!

On the other hand, I couldn’t really connect with how the 4 protagonists dealt with the impending apocalypse. The world is ending in 2 months and their main concerns are…getting a girlfriend/ boyfriend and planning a big end-of-the-world party.

The ending, for me, was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for more of a solid resolution, but the ending was very open. I definitely had a few disappointments, but We All Looked Up is a solid book overall. 3.5 stars!

10 Comments on {Review} We All Looked Up By Tommy Wallach

  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    March 20, 2015 at 12:41 am (2 years ago)

    This is one of my most anticipated books of the month so I’m so glad to see that, despite some slight reservations, you enjoyed this overall Samantha! 😀 It sounds like such an interesting and thought-provoking topic, and I can’t wait to experience it all for myself. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:22 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Zoe! It was definitely an interesting read, even if I did have some issues. I think you’d like it!

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  2. Emily @ Loony Literate
    March 20, 2015 at 4:30 am (2 years ago)

    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It’s weird when you don’t expect to love a book and you do. Great feeling. I know what you mean about some of the characters – that’s the trouble with multiple POV. But I do agree about the writing being amazingly beautiful 🙂
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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:23 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad you liked it! That’s a great feeling to have. 🙂

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  3. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer
    March 20, 2015 at 8:11 am (2 years ago)

    Great review! I just received a ARC of this and I’m sooo looking forward to reading & reviewing it. It looks brilliant. I’m a little hesitant about the multiple point of views, but hopefully my worries are for nothing. I love the sound of the story, but shame it wasn’t as good as you were expecting.
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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

      It’s just my opinion, so who knows? You might love it. I certainly hope you do.

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  4. emily @ for the bookish
    March 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

    This doesn’t really sound like my kind of book… but I think I might be willing to give it a try. I would think if the world were ending in 2 months, the least thing I’d be worried about is getting a boyfriend or revenge!

    Anyway, I tagged you for the share the love challenge! http://forthebookish.com/share-the-love-challenge/ I hope you can participate! 🙂
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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

      That was my reaction too! I’d probably be doing more…important things than dating.

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  5. Valerie
    March 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Hahah I would love to read a story just about the world’s attitude in general in a situation like that, but I agree that it’s weird their priority is getting a boyfriend/girlfriend. It just sounds very unrealistic. But awesome review Sam!! I’ll probably read it sometime this year, maybe.
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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:25 am (2 years ago)

      I think it was done really well! This aspect was very realistic, I think. I hope you like it!

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