Friday, 27 February 2015

REVIEW: WE ALL LOOKED UP - TOMMY WALLACH

*THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY, THANKYOU! THIS DOESN'T AFFECT MY OPINION IN ANY WAY* 


INFO

TITLE:  We all looked up
AUTHOR: Tommy Wallach
RELEASE DATE:March 26th 2015 
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster
PAGE COUNT: 384
GOODREADS: x


SYNOPSIS

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.
 

MY THOUGHTS

I first requested this book for review because I thought the synopsis sounds really interesting. I've read a lot about the world after everything went to shit, I've read quite a bit about the apocalypse actually happening, I don't think I've ever read about what was going on before. It's a fascinating (and pretty terrifying) idea, and this book definitely delivered.

First off, I absolutely loved Tommy Wallach's writing style. Seriously. The writing in this book was so poetic and beautiful, filled with profound quotes and and moments that made me want to close the book and rethink my entire life. I felt like he did a very good job at capturing the emotions in the story, and trust me; there were a lot of emotions. I cried and I AM NOT ASHAMED. (That was addressed to the woman who looked at me weird on the bus. Stop judging, yo) 

I also really enjoyed the range of characters in this book. We have four protagonists here, and somehow every single one of them was unique, interesting and well developed. I enjoyed reading about how they grew together over the course of the book despite their differences (I'm an absolute sucker for unlikely friendship). 

'We all looked up' was a very powerful book, with an amount of depth that I didn't expect going into it. I've been thinking about it a lot over the last few days and I think it's the kind of story that will stick with me for a long time. 

One issue I had was that the pacing sometimes seemed a little bit slow and I found myself losing interest. It wasn't a huge problem though, and most of the time I was thoroughly invested in the story. I just thought that the pacing was a little inconsistent.

Unfortunately, I felt like the romantic plot lines in this book seemed kind of forced and created some unnecessary drama. One of the relationships seemed to come out of nowhere and I thought that the fact I couldn't get invested enough in their relationship made some things that happened later on less impactful  that they could have been. (I'm trying so hard not to spoil anything right now, sorry for the vagueness). I'm normally a big fan of romance in novels, but in this case I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more simple friendship and less falling in love with everyone. 

Although the majority of the plot was interesting and I liked a lot of the different story lines, there were a few things that happened that I just thought seemed kind of weird and unrealistic. This is probably just me, but sometimes the story went in directions I wasn't expecting and it threw me off a little bit. 

IN CONCLUSION

"We all looked up" was a gritty and thought provoking book, with beautiful writing, an interesting concept and brilliant characterization. I did have a few small problems with the plot, especially the romantic elements, but overall I really enjoyed it!

4/5 STARS

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