We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up“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. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be…..”

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Cover: Yay

POV: 3rd Person but told from multiple POV

I don’t read that many Young Adult novels and the ones I do tend to be Dystopian-related. However, don’t be fooled by the summary, whilst it talks of an asteroid heading straight to earth and possible mass-destruction, this book is anything but a Dystopian-world. It’s about our world, or rather the familiar world of American teenagers, and how possible impending death causes four of them to break out of their social circles and form new bonds with people they normally wouldn’t give a second glance to.

You’re probably thinking that exploring the world of messed up teenagers mixing it up with their playground enemies is nothing new but Tommy Wallach brings something special to the genre: the ability to write. He gets his characters to say some pretty prosaic, insightful things whilst still sounding like teenagers and he very quickly draws you into the world of these four characters and gets you to care about them.

The open-ended ending was something of beauty as well. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I really hope this book makes it on the 2015 Goodreads award for Best Young Adult fiction as I will definitely be voting for it. Can’t wait to see what the author writes next.


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