We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

This book made me laugh at the witty, snarky, well written banter between the characters, and cry at the course of events. The events in the book feel real, and easily transport the reader to semi apocalyptic Seattle. The author flawlessly conveys the feelings of fear, helplessness, and love through the text. And the magic of this book is that the reader feels these emotions along with the characters.

The premise behind Tommy Wallach’s debut novel “We All Looked Up” is simple. The world is ending, and soon. A giant comet is headed towards Earth, when it hits in a few months 2/3 of the world’s population will die instantly. This book follows four teens all from the same high school and how they cope with the world ending. They all have their own groups of friends, and interests, but when the end is near they come together despite their differences and help each other out. The world is in chaos, stores are being looted, food is being rationed at the grocery stores, and there is arson everywhere. Thinks are looking bleak, so the teens do everything they can to make their time left on earth count, and have a little fun along the way. You’ll have to pick this book up to see what happens when the comet hits, I doubt you’ll see this ending coming.

This book is incredibly realistic, from how the world will end, to the chaos when people find out about the world ending, to the new unlikely friendships that are formed. It is completely believable that the events in this book could transpire at any time. The characters are easily relatable high school students. What I loved most about the characters in this book were that they were from all different social groups and classes. The characters are described as being an “athlete, slut, slacker, and the overachiever,” (very Breakfast Club-esque) However as the book progresses these characters develop and become so much more than their prospective labels, which I think is incredibly important in YA books. Teens can read this book and see that even though they may be labeled as one thing or another, if they want to change they can, and if they don’t they don’t have to.

As for the cover of this book, it is simple, just a picture of teens looking up at the comet. The cover fits the title of the book and I honestly love the simplicity of it. While the world all around is in chaos these teens take the time to pause and really take in what is happening, and how they will be impacted. And in the end all they have is each other.

This book gets a 4 for quality and a 4 for popularity, meaning this scores an overall 8 out of 10 from this blogger.

Wallach, Tommy. We All Looked Up. New York: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2015. Print. 370 pages.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or you would like to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

We All Looked Up on Amazon     We All Looked Up at Barnes & Noble                                                                       Official Book Website     Author’s Website

Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.


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