we all looked up

Title: We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Release Date: 03/24/2015
Reviewed by: Adrienne

It has been announced that the world has about a 66.6% chance of ending in the next two months, and high school students Peter, Andy, Eliza, and Anita are beginning to realize just how silly their labels, social expectations, and objectives really are. So in the months leading up to the possible end of the world, they befriend each other, they do things they would not have considered before the asteroid appeared in the sky, and they notice how happiness can even come to those who work at Jamba Juice and people who throw End-of-the-World soirées.

We All Looked Up tells the story of these four teens from a narrator’s point of view, doing a miraculous job of describing the same events in the different way each character perceives them. While reading, I found this to be a very like-able style of writing. The four different interpretations of each event left me to imagine what was happening in my own way. This style also gave me a clear understanding of what each character was like. For example, Peter is the athletic guy desired by every girl in school, Andy is the type of person who is carefree and loves to skateboard, Eliza is the quiet but powerful girl whose reputation got ruined by one rumor, and Anita is the kind of girl who every parent wants to have, but she longs to do something, or to be someone, different.

Tommy Wallach does a superb job in 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.” What brings the group together is their connection as a Karass, as well as their fondness for Pyrrhic victories and throwing parties. Together, Peter, Andy, Eliza, and Anita brace themselves for the possible end of the world, and they begin to show their best qualities and their fearlessness of life as the countdown to the end of the world slowly approaches zero.

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.