Book Reviews





We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach - review

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

Title: We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Children's
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Available: 26 March 2015
Buy it:  Here


Ardor is a a comet with a 2/3 probability of crashing into earth. Andy, Anita, Eliza and Peter are bound together in karass, each with their own goals to achieve before the end of the world; Anita wants to break free from her parents and sing, Peter wants a life with meaning, Eliza wants to shake her reputation and Andy just doesn't want to die a virgin. However, some problems are bigger and more immediate than a comet on a collision course.


Oh wow - this book has been an absolute highlight of my year so far. The ensemble of characters, the apocalyptic motivator, the emotion... everything comes together so wonderfully in We All Looked Up, and does so in a way that is both philosophical and exciting.

There wasn't one weak POV, although I feel like I enjoyed Andy's the most - purely because I found his relationship with his "best friend" Bobo so intriguing. It was toxic and bound by blood - quite literally - and male friendship strain just felt so new and refreshing in YA.

Something I found very interesting in We All Looked Up is that no-one's initial reaction to the news of Ardor was immense panic. I liked this take on things, it removed melodrama from the event itself and made way for very effective emotion surrounding relationships, family and existential crisis.

The whole book was a joy from start to finish. I really cannot urge you to read this book enough!


We All Looked Up is like The Breakfast Club at the end of the world - and it has the content to be just as iconic. Diverse, emotionally varied characters battle a spectrum of teenage conflicts in fast-forward, as Ardor brings their lives into full focus. Very highly recommended!



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