Thursday, June 25, 2015

Blog Tour (Review): We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up 
by Tommy Wallach

Genre: YA, contemporary
Published March 26th 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK
Source: Tour host
Purchase: Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Book Depository
Local order/purchase: Fully Booked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts:

We All Looked Up was a story of four teenagers whose lives was changed by an asteroid called Ardor that will hit the Earth in two months, which will cause "end of the world". From that simple yet fresh premise I can already see myself engaged in this book. And I was right.

There's Peter, the athlete. I like that Peter isn't afraid of what a higher person says. On some novels, it bothered me how negatively [teen] characters react towards "shrinks", counseling, or the truth. I like Peter's open-mindedness, and the book. Eliza, the outcast, was a distant girl before but after history with Peter, became the S-word. Andy, the slacker, who cares about nothing--except getting laid (at last) before Ardor would either make or break the world. He had the most character improvement and I liked it very much. Anita, is an overachiever and talented singer. She's different from the rest--like, good girl and all--but I'm glad she didn't turned out a bore. There were a lot of different wisdom, sayings, realizations on every character. It gave the book more depth and edge but not in an overly dramatic way.

This book plainly shows how people would act/what would happen if the end of the world is coming and how judging people by mere appearances/labels isn't fair and untrue. This book is wild and reckless and liberated and quite heartbreaking in the end. It's about self-discovery, forgiveness, love, chances, hope, romantic and family relationships, and finding the real friend. One of the most real thing I've read this year. Readers of any genre would appreciate this as well.

Here's also a quote I got from the book that left a mark:
The best books, they don't talk about 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. - page 11

*Thank you so much Pinoy Book Tours for lending a review copy in exchange of an honest review!


1 comment:

  1. I really want to check out this book! I've been wanting to check this one out for a while, especially because I've been adoring contemporaries lately. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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