We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

“Those who have much to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.”

18392459 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.

This book was bad. Even when I picked it up from Waterstones and read the blurb, I knew it was going to be kind of terrible but I still read it anyway. I don’t know why.

We All Looked Up wasnt’ some sort of big journey to finding yourself, to really living. It was boring, the real-life events were a little far fetched and they all seemed fake and cliché. The point of view switched between four characters and people have mixed feelings about switching POV’s but in this, it worked really well. It was like creating shades with paint from light to dark/vice versa.

Peter the Athlete

Peter being the oh-so-hot athlete he is, has an equally oh-so-hot girlfriend of around two years (I think). Then one day, he stumbles into a photography room and there is Eliza. Without any warning or foresight, he literally says hi to her then kisses her.

Eliza the Outcast

Eliza the photographer was probably my favourite character. Labelled a ‘slut’ and isolated by her school because she kissed someone (granted he had a girlfriend but still), Eliza is quite the lone wolf. She doesn’t seem to mind that much, finding fun in clubs after an influential friend told her she may as well be getting some pleasure out of everyone calling her a slut.

Her Dad is dying of cancer and there was one time when their house burnt down and she didn’t know if he was alive or where he was or anything and she made zero effort on trying to find out. Then there was another time as well where she left for 3-4 days, leaving her poor dying father by himself.

Anita the Overachiever

I think Wallach just tried too hard with her. Anna’s parents were the stereotypical hands on hips, crossed expression, over-strict, over-expecting, angry, detached parents.

Andy the Slacker

The most annoying character ever.

★★

-C E L I N E

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