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We All Looked Up

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We All Looked Up

As the end of the world draws near, four teens must use what little time they have left to live life to the fullest.

As the star of the basketball team, Peter worries that he will always be seen as the jock whose best days are already behind him. Eliza cannot wait for the day she graduates and can finally leave her scandalous reputation as the school slut behind her. Slacker Andy is content to spend his days smoking and skateboarding into oblivion. And over-achiever Anita, cracking under the pressure her parents have placed on her, dreams of foregoing an Ivy League education in favor of becoming a singer.

WE ALL LOOKED UP is a fascinating exploration of the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights to which it can soar.

When an ominous blue star appears in the night sky, the lives of these four teens become irrevocably intertwined. The star’s name is Ardor, and it is actually an asteroid predicted to crash into Earth in two months, with catastrophic results. As the very foundations that society is built upon begin to crumble and chaos reigns free, the teens search desperately for love, meaning and a true sense of belonging --- if only to relish it for a short time.

WE ALL LOOKED UP is a fascinating exploration of the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights to which it can soar. The author artfully depicts the demise of society as death looms closer and life is stripped down to the bare essentials. Although some characters lack depth, making them difficult to relate to, the end-of-the-world scenario provokes endless thought about what is truly important in life and how we would want to spend our final days. 

Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe on March 24, 2015

We All Looked Up
by Tommy Wallach

  • Publication Date: August 30, 2016
  • Genres: Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 1481418785
  • ISBN-13: 9781481418782