We All Looked Up (Paperback)

Tommy Wallach

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'This generation's The Stand ...at once troubling, uplifting, scary and heart-wrenching' Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle Before Ardor, 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 the asteroid 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.


Product Details

  • Product code: AMVYS
  • ISBN: 9781471124556
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 20.0cm x 13.1cm
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish date: Thu Mar 26 00:00:00 GMT 2015
  • Book points: 7

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I received a copy of We All Looked Up from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book.

This is Wallach's debut novel, which for me makes the writing style all the more impressive. For the most part, this book was beautifully written, an honest and a realistic portrayal of youth. However, I did find the story to be quite drawn out, and therefore slow at times, which really affected the pacing of the book and my reading of it. It took me almost three weeks to finish. I'm a big fan of alternating points of view, and we are often privy to two, in this novel we have four, which may partially explain the sense of it being longer than it is.

While all of the characters' individual narrations could have been the sole voice for this novel, taking it in a different direction depending on who you choose, my favourites were Peter and Eliza, and their story. Wallach broke my heart over this one, but these characters' voices were strongest for me, and the book could have centred on just the two of them quite easily. I felt there was just too much going on in the storyline, and that if fewer story arcs and minor (almost irrelevant?) characters were involved, then the pacing would have benefited and the overall reading experience would have been much more enjoyable.

Rachel, Confessions of a Book Geek , Sat Jul 18 22:20:55 BST 2015

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