We All Looked Up. Book Review #11

Hi guys and girls

I hope you’ve all had a really great week and if not then I hope this next one will be.

I thought I’d talk about a book thats really important to me today.

We All Looked Up poses the question- if the world ended in two months what would you want to do with your last days? The story follows a group of teenagers who, for all of their lives have been defined by labels. But now a planet-destroying asteroid is plummeting towards Earth they don’t have to be the athlete or outcast, the slacker or the overachiever… they can just be themselves.

Initially it would be easy to deem this book as a cliche hotpot of teen angst and forthcoming apocalyptic drama. But that is not the case. Tommy Wallach was able to create a plot that felt realistic amongst a backdrop that was largely improbable. The characters are not cardboard cut-outs of previously used troupes but instead are original people with genuinely interesting stories to tell. Instead of focusing on the hysteria that we imagine would exist at the end of the world this book zooms in on the individual consequences of impending doom and how it would effect the lives of the everyday suburban teen. This is not a book full of heroes and heroines but instead scared kids who only ever wanted to belong. There is something truly elusive and astounding about a story as honest as this one. I can’t give much of the plot away because its one of those books you just have to read to enjoy but if I had to compare it to anything else it would be The Breakfast Club meets Station Eleven minus the aftermath.

If you read nothing else this month read this

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth


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