We All Looked Up

We All Looked Up

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children’s


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.


We All Looked Up was one of my anticipated debuts for 2015. I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. I was thrilled to be approved to read a copy, and quickly started reading it, hoping that it would pull me out of the reading slump that I was in. It did! I was impressed with Tommy Wallach’s debut novel. The only thing that prevented me from giving it a higher rating was that I didn’t find it to be a memorable book. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but it’s not one that I will revisit in the future.

We All Looked Up centres around four seniors who have very different outlooks on finishing high school. Peter is the typical sporty guy. He’s worried that everyone is right about high school being the best years of your life. He is worried that it’s never going to get any better and that scares him. Eliza has had enough of high school and the rumours and the reputation she has that go with it. Perfect grade Anita is concerned that she’s abandoning her dreams to go to Princeton. Then we have Andy, who isn’t sure at all that college will be all that it’s cracked up to be. The seniors may not need to worry though. An aesteroid is hurtling through space meaning that life could potentially be wiped out. Without knowing if their futures will ever happen, the seniors have to deal with the present!

I thought that We All Looked Up was a good contemporary read. I love reading contemporary books written by a male as it a genre that is heavily populated with female writers. Although I didn’t like it as much as I had anticipated, I still thought it was a decent read with some very witty, laugh out loud moments!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

A good debut, worth reading if you’re not bored with end of the world stories!


2 thoughts on “We All Looked Up

  1. I’ve been really excited to read this one, because the concept sounds really awesome. It’s funny what you said about reading male authors in contemporary, because I just thinking how hard it is for me to like books from male POVs (which is how most male authors write). But this one has multiple perspectives, right? So it looks like a different experience.

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