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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Saturday, August 8, 2015

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.

Goodreads Summary

The premise of this book was really cool.  I love the idea of asteroids and contemplating the last few months of your life (like it in a book, that is).  The different characters and the ability to read from their points of views were a fun addition.  Sometimes, this detracts from a novel since it can make it more difficult to get to know each character, but the author made it work in this book.  I liked how he turned stereotypes into likable and individual characters.  These characters thought about what it meant to be teenagers, what they wanted out of their lives, and how they felt about the impending asteroid.  I liked how the asteroid gave them the impetus to break from their traditional roles; they no longer conformed to what was expected of them.  

The plot of the book was fairly tame and what I expected.  It was easy to keep turning the pages.  I liked getting deep into the characters' heads.  If I'm honest, I don't think these characters would ever be my friends in real life, but that made it even more fun to get to know them.  The author kept the anticipation growing throughout the novel.  I really didn't know what to expect and how the author would resolve the various issues that popped up prior to the asteroid's arrival.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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