Blog Tour: ARC Review ~ We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary/Apocalyptic
Page Length:  384 Pages
Publication Date: March 24th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: eARC via EW (thanks Simon!)

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.

Once again the Fearless Fifteeners (the collective name of the group of 2015 debuting authors) have wowed me. Intrigued by this speculative premise that promised deep thinking and much character growth, I was both impressed and stunned by the amazing writing and the wonderful story. 

This book centers around four stereotypical characters: the slut, the nerd, the jock, and the slacker. Wallach manages to add something new and modern to these mundane character who've been written about so many times before; he delves deeper than we normally go. We see their aspirations and their insecurities. We see sides of them that we normally don't see.

This book is quite thought-provoking and self-reflective as well. As an asteroid hurtles towards Earth possibly annihilating all life, these characters question their life choices and their future. It really makes them grow and develop into people we'd both rather see them become. It made me think about how I'd respond to this. What if something threatened to end all life? What would I change in the short time I have left? What would be my regrets? What would I do? 

The writing was fantastic. The imagery was perfect. Wallach captured teen life perfectly. He showed the confident facade, the unsure future, the insecurities, the problems. It wasn't overly dramatized, it was perfect. Sometimes I see authors create outlandish stories with a similar plot, yet Wallach kept it realistic and sincere. The point of view changes were fluid as well!

A thought-provoking novel filled with lots of quote-worthy writing, this fresh story should definitely be on your radar! 

Favorite Quotes

"The best books, they don't talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you'd always though about, but you didn't think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you're a little bit less alone."

"You're one of those people who've been blessed not only with talent, but with self-awareness. And that means you get to choose what you want to do with your life, instead of life choosing for you. But having that power, the power to choose, can be a double-edged sword. Because you can choose wrong."

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Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. His first novel, We All Looked Up, will be published by Simon and Schuster in April 2015. His work has appeared in many nice magazines, such as McSweeney's, Tin House, and Wired. He has released an EP with Decca Records, and will be independently putting out an LP in Spring 2014. He also makes music videos, including one that was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum. You should buy him dinner.

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  1. This book reminds me of the Duff, except without a duff of course. Lol
    Fab review Rachel :)

  2. I'll definitely have to pick this one up! Initially when I read the summary, I passed up an opportunity to request the book. I thought the characters would be too cliche, so I'm glad the writing went deeper into their characters. I'm also happy teens were portrayed well, because too often inaccurate representations of teens (either way to mild or way overboard) are highlighted. Now it's slightly starting to remind me of Proof of Forever. Loved the review!

  3. I am so excited to read this one, glad that you enjoyed it!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. This one sounds so good, I'm glad you liked it! Lovely review, Rachel <3

    ~Cari @ My Addiction:Books

  5. The cover for this one doesn't look like a typical YA or NA book, it looks more like a photograph which is pretty unique :D Sometimes I like to settle for books with totally cliché characters just because its kind of fun to read if the author does it right. Great review Rach!

  6. Your review sold me on this book! I love the promise of growth. I'm not sure how I would respond in a similar situation but I'm excited to read about how these 4 do! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  7. I've been eyeing this book for a while, and I even tried to request it. I just love the idea of the world possibly ending, but a still very realistic feeling book. Definitely my cup of tea.

    Great review, Rachel! I can't wait to read it for myself!

    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

  8. I just saw this book earlier today for beautiful book covers coming out! So awesome to learn more about here. I definitely want to read it and am so excited for the giveaway. :)

  9. I thoroughly enjoyed your review, but I don't think this one is for me. I am not a huge fan of apocalyptic type stories, and while I like that it revolves around the characters more than anything, I just am not sure it is something that I would enjoy

  10. I just picked this one up, so it's good to hear that you enjoyed it so much. I love how reflective and thought-provoking it sounds, and that even though the characters are stereotypes, that they're explored deeply. Beautiful review Rachel!

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  12. Makes me think of The Breakfast Club but with aliens, which would be awesome!

  13. I really want to read this book. I'm curious to see how these characters react to the imminent apocalypse, it's a situation that is hard to imagine.

  14. I am SO excited for this book! I am really glad you enjoyed it, it seems to be getting good reviews. It is also on its way to me, which makes me extra happy :) Great review!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  15. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year (apocalypse + friendship? HECK YEAH!), so I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it Rachel. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

  16. I have a copy of this so I'm hoping to pick it sometime soon, I'm glad you enjoyed it though<3 Fantastic review Rachel :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  17. This book has been on my radar for a while, but I've been a little hesitant about it because I'm not usually a contemporary person. Based on your review though, I think I'd actually LIKE to read this one. Thought provoking books are sometimes good for the generation and for a lot of people in this world. Makes them wake up a little bit, especially when considering death. I need that sometimes too. I think this one will be put on my TBR after all and saved for a time when I'm just in the mood for a really good contemporary, with MEANINNG! Thank you Rachel!! :) I always appreciate your outlook!

  18. great review>~<
    i'm glad you enjoyed^^
    keep up the good work!!FIGHT-O!!!


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