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What the Teen Press Corps Is Saying:
“Tommy Wallach does a superb job representing classic young adult figures and joining them into one odd group of friends. The teens are all connected in some special way, by what Andy calls “Karass,” from Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. It is defined as, “a group of people linked in a cosmically significant manner, even when superficial linkages are not evident.” We All Looked Up is one if the most open-minded and blow-your-hair-back fantastic books of YA literature I have had the opportunity to read. I was not disappointed. I was not able to put the book down. I was not able to comprehend the fact that I had reached the last page! Is this a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves destiny, asteroids, and funny teenager moments? Without hesitation! Anything else Mr. Wallach writes, I will be first in line to purchase. We All Looked Up: enlightening, capturing, and out of this world.”-Adrienne, Teen Press Corps
About the Book:
Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurdles 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.
“In this stunning debut . . . Wallach pierces his darkness with tenderness and humor. A thought-provoking story that will bring out readers’ inner philosophers.”–Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Tommy Wallach’s We All Looked Up is a triumphant debut—this generation’s The Stand. It is at once troubling, uplifting, scary, and heart-wrenching, and written with so much compassion for our fragile hold on the fleeting here and now. A glorious, wonderful, completely unforgettable novel.”–Andrew Smith, author of Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, and 100 Sideways Miles
“The story twists in unexpected ways, making it at times chilling but also hopeful . . . Wallach’s debut is . . . a literary Breakfast Club for a modern generation, and it will surprise readers expecting another clunky dystopian novel with its solid, realistic writing.”–Booklist
“This compelling, well-written narrative, which offers sometimes raw insight into human motivation and behavior, will have readers racing to the final pages and pondering its ideas long after.”–VOYA, STARRED REVIEW
About the Author:
Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and novelist. Wallach has played classical piano since the age of eight, and was also a professional theater actor as a child. At NYU Tisch, he took up composition and theory, and even wrote a couple of musicals. He began performing as a singer-songwriter at the Sidewalk Café in New York City.
Movie News: It’s gonna be a movie! Even though the book isn’t even out yet, Paramount has already bought the movie rights. Tentatively scheduled for 2016, so you have plenty of time to read it before you see it.
We All Looked Up: The Album: “All of the songs were written by Wallach, and many of them appear as part of the plot of the companion novel, which features two musician protagonists. The book and the album play off each other in numerous ways, both obvious and subtle. The album will be available for purchase as a digital bundle through Simon & Schuster. The book will be available in hardback format as well.” Find out more!