“We All Looked Up” by Tommy Wallach | Spoiler-Free Review!


Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Hello readers of Oh My Blog! Today I am going to be doing a review of “We All Looked Up” by Tommy Wallach – a book that I received a few months ago in the form of an ARC! This story follows a group of teenagers, and the book is told in each of their perspectives. It was one of those great books where the characters are all interconnected in some way or another, and in the end they all come together through these connections. In contemporary America, a large asteroid is seen orbiting up in space, and suddenly it’s slowly but steadily heading towards the planet of Earth. People start becoming the literal representations of YOLO, participating in things they would never usually do and putting their life on the line in ways they’d always been too afraid to do, as you do when you find out the world is going to end. I love the synopsis so much that I just need to have it written here because it’s so good.

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. 

They 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.

Basically, I just really frickin liked this book and I think you should definitely pick up a copy! It was heart-wrenching, kinda terrifying and beautiful.

Personally, I feel like it gave off a real Perks of Being a Wallflower feel, with real, honest characters and an engaging and unique story. Going into this book I was wary, thinking that it might implement a lot of the classic “end of the world” clichés. Yes, this book did have certain clichés, but rather than lowering the book’s originality, the author used them to his advantage to make the book even better. Who knew clichés could actually be good?

The characters in this novel were very well written. After a couple of chapters in which I became familiar with the characters, I really connected to them. They were all just so realistic and believable, and even though I couldn’t directly link to some of the character’s stories or traits, I just really liked them. For example, though Andy was a pot-smoking, bad-behaved skater dude, he was possibly my favorite character. Side-note: Did anyone else picture him as Jesse from Breaking Bad? No? Just me? Not only that, but it was nice to see some nice, solid character development from nearly all of the characters. Character development in this type of teenage setting concerning is very crucial to constructing a believable Young Adult story.

I loved the entire concept of this story. Asteroid coming towards Earth and everyone goes kind of insane and acts like they’d never usually act? Count me in. Though this story was predictable reading the blurb, the actual book had so much more depth than I originally thought it would have, particularly in terms of the characters and some of the major plot events towards the end of the novel. Though I was expecting a great book, so much of this story I just wasn’t anticipating and it was very refreshing in a YA novel. I honestly feel like this book would be great as a movie adaptation – I’m already visualising some kind of Perks and Easy A hybrid.