We All Looked Up | Tommy Wallach (Book Review)

Paperback, 370 pages

Published March 26th 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published March 24th 2015)

ISBN 147112455X (ISBN13: 9781471124556)


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.


Oh where to start with this book. It’s a bit hard to review this book without giving away the ending because I feel like that’s where my biggest issue is with this book. Well, one of them anyway. I wanted the ending to be a big pay off and it just wasn’t.

I enjoy reading dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels to a certain extent but it’s also interesting to read what happened leading up to those moments. The moments before the world changes drastically (or maybe not at all in this case). So the premise and the basic plot-line of this book is a winner and it had so much potential that it just didn’t really live up to.

The book had it’s high points and getting to see the story told through the eyes of four very different kids was enjoyable. I liked the notion of how people change when they know it may all go tits up in just a few months. When they only have a little while left to do the things they’ve always wanted to do. With that said though I didn’t really love any of the characters. There is a love-triangle story line that was just a bit unnecessary. I appreciate that Eliza (the object of everyone’s affection) wasn’t that amazing to most readers because I feel like that’s true to life. You don’t have to have it all or have the biggest personality for multiple guys to like you. It still didn’t make me like that storyline anymore though.

The characterization of each of the four characters though was off as well. It’s funny to me that even though these characters seemed to change throughout the book there was never any real character development. They did different things but at the end it never felt like they changed. Maybe it was just because I couldn’t find myself able to connect with any of the characters.

I thought the ending would be the big pay off and without spoiling anything it wasn’t. I understand why he did it and there are creative liberties authors can take and all that but it just felt like one big cop out. The ending felt like he got that far in the novel and couldn’t decide the best way to end it so he just gave up. Maybe that’s a spoiler. Sorry.

There have been plenty of people that have loved this book so it might be one you have to check out for your self. People have found it profound, groundbreaking, heartbreaking, and everything else you could say when you love a book. Maybe you will too.

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