{Blog Tour} We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach + Giveaway!

March 25, 2015 Blog Tour, Book, Reviews 23 ★★★½

{Blog Tour} We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach + Giveaway!

{Blog Tour} We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach + Giveaway!We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Genres: Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
Published by Simon and Schuster Source: Edelweiss, Provided by Publisher
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three-half-stars

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.

Question: How could you look the end of the world in the face and not go crazy? Answer: You couldn’t.

We All Looked Up has a wonderful cover. I think it’s one of the first things that drew me to the book. I’m pleased to say that I was not fooled by a pretty cover.

I found this story quite enjoyable, first of all, because it really makes you think. It’s about the end of the world, and what would you do if you knew exactly when it was going to end. I like how it was explored and I think it was very realistic.

The writing is so beautiful. Seriously. I would just stare in awe at a lot of paragraphs because the author really has a way with words.

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.

The book is narrated in 3rd person with the point of view various characters. Each character is completely different, but I really really enjoyed Eliza’s point of view most of all. I think that she was one of the most cynical voices of the lot. She had a view of the world that made her POV all the much more tragic. It made the book much more heartbreaking.

Eliza thought about all the things she’d hoped to do in her life, all the lives she’d wanted to live. She could see them now, jagged paths cut into the shadowy future, lit up in small bursts of light.

My only issue with this book is that it tried so painfully hard to be teenage. In some POVs, the word “like” was added to almost every other sentence. (I.e. “He, like, wrecked my life.” “I’d be, like,…” “Because, like…”). There was also some really obvious jargon that was meant to sound teenage (totes, totally, dude, bro) but came off as forced most of the time. There was also some chaos (and I mean chaos) at the middle of the book, where everything felt sort of disjointed and not really going anywhere. I had to force myself to get past that part.

However, once we get past that little rough patch, the book uses the wonderful and brilliant writing to end it on a very beautiful and poignant note. It’s an open ending, but in the very best way. It made the book feel almost alive.

Overall, Tommy Wallach uses wonderful prose and writing to deliver a story that’ll make you think about the preciousness of life and the importance of living.

“People talked about their days being numbered, but really, everything was numbered. Every movie you watched was the last time you’d watch that movie, or the second-to-last time, or the third-to-last. Every kiss was one kiss closer to your last kiss.”

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Romance
two-half-stars
Overall: 3.6

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Giveaway

As part of the Blog Tour, win (1) of (3) finished copies of We All Looked Up! (US Only)

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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • I wasn’t sure about this one, but I’ve been reading some really good reviews. The writing sounds beautiful just from the few quotes you put in here. Great review!

  • That must’ve gotten annoying pretty fast, eh? The unnecessary inclusion of “like” to make the speaker sound like a teenager. That’s disappointing.

  • shootingstarsmag

    The trying to sound teenager aspects would drive me a bit nuts. It sounds like a very thoughtful book and some of that might ruin it a bit. Regardless, this does sound interesting.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    • It drove me nuts once I realised it was happening. If I hadn’t been aware then maybe it wouldn’t have happened. It I’d very interesting though :))

  • Benish

    Hmm, I do like the synopsis about this one so let’s see I might check it out soon – Great review! <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  • I’m not too excited for the romance and it sounds kind of annoying but maybe I’d be able to deal with it? I honestly have no idea but still hoping for the best! I have it sitting on my shelf just waiting to be picked up. Lovely review Marianne!

    • The romance leaves more to be desired, sadly. But… I could still root for somebody. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it when you pick it up! Thanks, Laura 🙂

  • Karen

    This reminds me of when I was a teenager. My father was annoyed with me because I always said *cute* in every sentence. lol

    I read another book very similar to this last year (I wish I could think if the name) – end of the world, multiple pov but I might give it a try anyway.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • I say ‘literally’ all the time. my best friends tease me so much about it.

      Hope you give it a try! Would love to see what you think 🙂

  • Annie

    I guess I’ll have to deal with the teenage slang, because I’m really intrigued by this book! After all, I didn’t think I could make it through The Knife Of Never Letting Go because of the language, but after a while I didn’t notice anymore! Thank you for the review!

  • I’m reading this one now and am enjoying it 🙂 the writing is excellent and the cover is rather beautiful! I haven’t got to the middle yet, but I have skimmed a bit ahead just to see what happens (terrible, I know lol) I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  • I’m sorry about the middle part :/
    However I want to read this book because, as you said, I know it’s going to make me really think and i love books that do that 🙂

  • Oh, man, I wonder how that is like, to contemplate about your life and what you accomplished and what you did as you wait for the world to reach its end. That’s quite an interesting and, honestly, scary premise! It’s like a longer version of your life flashing back in the few seconds as you anticipate the car to crash into a wall, or for the plane to fall, or for that car to run into you. It’s scary!! But I want to read this so bad. I don’t even care about the trying-hard-to-be-teenage voice. I just want to see how everything is portrayed here.

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • Interesting. Now, where can I score this book! Hehe 🙂 Love your review, very insightful!

    http://www.jhanzey.net

  • This is one of my most highly anticipated titles Marianne, so I am so glad to hear you liked it so much overall – despite the slight forced-sounding teen lingo. However, the concept is just so intriguing. I mean, the apocalypse is good enough, but when you combine that with an awesome friendship, it’s just that much better. Thanks for sharing Marianne and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

  • I do think the writing in this novel was incredibly reflective and thought provoking. Interesting, I didn’t pick up the like jargon, great pick up! Great review Marianne!

  • Ahhh lovely review Marianne! I’ve been looking forward to this book, and I’m so glad that the reviews coming in have all been so positive! 😀 I would have absolutely NO idea what I would do if I knew the world was going to end…probably cry in a corner or something haha. I can’t wait to read this!