We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Level of Awesome
4.5 / 10

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.

I was genuinely really excited when I read the book blurb (above). The premise screamed a really interesting mix of ‘The Breakfast Club’ (one of my favourite 80’s movies!) and Karen Thompson Walker’s ‘The Age of Miracles’. Unfortunately this book didn’t quite hit its mark and by the end really fell flat.

The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world.Tommy Wallach
  • Although this book started off strongly and I was thoroughly enjoying it for the first quarter of the book, by the half-way mark it was really starting to lose its way and had fizzled by the end.
  • I had trouble connecting with the characters and by the end, I honestly didn’t care that they were all probably going to die.
  • It was a fast paced read and generally flowed quite well.
  • Tommy Wallach’s writing style was enjoyable and there are some beautiful quotes within the book, ensuring that even though I struggled with this novel, I wouldn’t hesitate in picking up another of his novels.

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