Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.Goodreads l Amazon l B&N l TBD l iTunes l Kobo
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.
When I first heard about We All Looked Up, the concept sounded so refreshingly unique. It's hard to imagine how teenagers (or anyone for that matter) would behave not knowing if they would live past the next few weeks, with an asteroid hurtling dangerously close to Earth in the novel. While We All Looked Up wasn't quite the book for me, Tommy Wallach managed to astound me with his writing.
We All Looked Up follows four different teenagers who face the possibility of their last few days on Earth. I tend to like books told in multiple perspectives, and I loved reading about how all of the character's stories became connected (or more so than they had previously been) over the course of the novel. However, I didn't particularly like any of the characters too much, although I was still able understand both them and the motivations behind their actions. Peter was my favorite out of all of the characters, and I liked seeing him trying to right his past mistakes. Anita and Andy were okay, although I didn't like Eliza very much. She was definitely the hardest for me to relate to. This novel is very character-driven, and I definitely enjoyed reading about all the different things the characters changed or tried to do, such as Anita and Andy's pursuit of music.
The writing was so poetic! There were several amazing quotes and themes throughout. I can easily see certain lines being commonly quoted in the future :) There is no doubt that Tommy Wallach is a gifted writer. Although it turned out not to be the book for me, if you love great writing and a story that gives you a lot to think about, you may want to check out We All Looked Up. I'd give We All Looked Up 3 out of 5 flowers.
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.
I've never done a dream cast before, so I'm really excited to post one! :) Here are my picks for the four main characters of the novel:
Chad Michael Murray as Peter
I tend to picture the characters in books as TV & movie characters who have similar characteristics. I ended up picking Chad Michael Murray who plays a popular jock in A Cinderella Story, like Peter is in We All Looked Up.
Young Breckin Meyer as AndyI love the movie Clueless and I kept seeing Andy as Travis. They're both stoners, but likable ones.
Young Regina Hall as Anita
For both Eliza and Anita, I didn't have a super clear idea of who should play them in my mind, but after looking though some photos online, Regina Hall definitely comes the closest to how I'd picture Anita.
Eliza Taylor as Eliza
This one was definitely the hardest for me, but in the end I went with Eliza Taylor. Eliza (the character) wasn't my favorite and I feel like her hair color may be different, but this is the actress that made the most sense to me :)