We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees

★★★☆☆   (3.25)18392459
Genre – Young Adult Contemporary
Summary – 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.
(Summary from GoodReads)
Initial Thoughts – I was pretty excited to read this book. I’d seen it a lot and the summary set up for a lot of interesting possibilities.
Plot – ★★★ There didn’t feel to be much of a plot for me. Since there were four POVs, it was difficult for any real subplots to form. Some plot lines would disappear and then reappear later, making it difficult to keep track of everything that was happening and stay interested.
Characters – ★★★★☆  Tommy Wallach did a pretty good job fighting against the labels that he set up for his characters. However, there were a few times when I disagreed with the ways that he portrayed some of the stereotypes.
Story world – ★★★☆☆  The story world isn’t described much. We get a few images of burning buildings and chaos, but nothing that really stuck with me.
Style – ★★★☆☆ Wallach’s style wasn’t anything special. It wasn’t memorable to me.
Closing Thoughts – In the end, this book left me disappointed and underwhelmed.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)

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