The jacket copy of We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach, reads: 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. Two months to really live.
Between the Breakfast Club language and the end of the world thing, despite the hype around this book (a debut novel starting out on the New York Times Best Sellers List) I kind of expected it to either be really gimmicky or really depressing. I was wrong. It was amazing. Definitely worth all the hype and more.
The most lovely thing about this book is that it is an intelligent read that doesn’t couch it’s intelligence in being clever. The story is told through multiple perspectives, often with single events being told and retold through different points of view. Watching the characters develop beyond their labels and intersect with each other through weaving plot lines was both unexpected and fun to read.
It’s hard for me to write about this book, because even though I read it two weeks ago I’m still spending a lot of time thinking about it … which to me is actually the best test of a great book. No matter what you usually read, I think this one will appeal to almost everyone. It’s part romantic, part gritty, part coming of age (without much of an age to come into). If you do decide to read it, let me know. I’m dying to chat about it with other readers!