Review: ‘We All Looked Up’ by Tommy Wallach

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Review: ‘We All Looked Up’ by Tommy WallachWe All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on March 24th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

About Tommy Wallach

Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. His first novel, We All Looked Up, will be published by Simon and Schuster in April 2015. His work has appeared in many nice magazines, such as McSweeney's, Tin House, and Wired. He has released an EP with Decca Records, and will be independently putting out an LP in Spring 2014. He also makes music videos, including one that was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum. You should buy him dinner.

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The end of the world.. An asteroid that will hit earth causing the end of the world. With 66.6% percent chance of hitting earth, four teenagers are trying to find out what to do with the six weeks of life they have left.


Told in four viewpoints: we have the overachiever Anita, the slacker Andy, the all around golden boy Peter and the promiscuous Eliza. Having all four did provide an overall dimension to the entire story which I liked. But ultimately, I didn’t really care much for Andy. He just seemed like he was making so many excuses for all the wrong and his best friend Bobo who is ultimately in need of help didn’t add to that annoyance. He pretty much annoyed me to no end with his verses of “Yo!” Ugh. Then there’s Anita and her parents, I felt like her story could have opened up a lot better what with it being the end of the world, why isn’t she trying to forgive them? They don’t know any better. Being Christian means the righteous will be okay, while the damned will not. Yep that’s terribly un-Christian like behaviour. No one gets to judge another person that way. Then there’s Peter who I felt was completely boring. Even though he finally gets the guys to stand up to to his girlfriend, he didn’t have much of a story. He is the ultimate good boy and I did like that. I was just sad at what happened at the end. sighs Out of all the characters, I liked Eliza best. She was easily the most complex one and having a blog that goes viral made her seem like such a celebrity. With that amount of followers she had the power to speak her mind and I liked that she used photography to express herself. Her reasoning behind her ways is pretty straight forward, but once you get a reputation like that, it’s hard to leave. The one fact that I hate about this is that it’s other girls who shame each other. It’s a terrible thing to see even if it’s fictional.


Other than their daily thoughts and woes for the future, I was bored through most of it. They did have minor romantic plots but ultimately the writing is decent, the characters formed enough to make it sad enough too. I liked this one, but I’m not highly recommending it because I felt like I wouldn’t even remember if afterwards.



The best books, they don’t talk about the things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be. (11)
This is the twenty-first century. The oceans are rising. Mad dictators have access to nuclear weapons. Corporatism and the dumbing down of media have destroyed the very foundations of democracy. Anyone who isn’t afraid is a moron. (51)
There’s still time for you to do things that matter. Even if it’s just being there for someone who’s freaking out. (117)
But now I’m thinking, who’s dumber? The guy who does his own thing, or the girl who does someone else’s thing? (141)
That was the problem with understanding someone too well—you couldn’t help but forgive them, no matter what they did. (190)
You want a big statement? I’ve been in love with you for a year. (273)
You don’t wanna go out of this world with regrets. If there’s something you want to do, you for it. (289)
Why did boys always have to destroy things to feel alive? (309)
Beauty always made a target of its possessor. Every other human quality was hidden easily enough—intelligence, talent, selfishness, even madness—but beauty could not be concealed. (333)
Was it better to live primarily for the good of yourself, or for the good of others? (357)




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