By: Tommy Wallach
Location: FIC WAL
Genre: Asteroids and Love
“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.”
This book reminds me of Tomorrow when the War Began cross Ice Age 5Others say it is The Breakfast Club meets Armageddon and here is why....
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.
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!!
the asteroid, four teenagers lived their lives defined by four neat
labels: athlete (Peter), the outcast (Eliza), the slacker (Andy), the
overachiever (Anita), but now that the world's changed, they have the
opportunity to think about themselves, others and the world around them a
little bit more. I love how We All Looked Up is told, in
alternating chapters narrated by our protagonists, going back and forth
between the present and the immediate past.
with any young adult contemporary novel, we still get our love stories,
family arguments, difficult choices and complicated friendships.
Peter's dealing with breaking up with his girlfriend and dreaming about
his brief romantic encounter with Eliza – who went from shy to 'slut' as
a result – and is in competition with Andy, who is amongst the wrong
crowd, while Anita is struggling to live up to her parents' crushing
expectations. She takes the opportunity, as it is likely the end of the
world after all, to pursue her desire to be a singer. We All Looked Up gets complicated and messy – adolescence often is – as the characters
become closer, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their journey.We All Looked Up
is a wonderful, poignant look at what it means to grow up. It makes you
wonder whether you have the determination to change the course your
life is on, whether you'll ever have the opportunity to look up. "- Stacey