Friday, 29 January 2016

Book Review: We all looked up by Tommy Wallach

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.

My Review:
If you are expecting this to be like the plot from Deep Impact where everyone watches disaster coming towards them while scientists battle to find a way to destroy, you will be very much disappointed. This is not a survival story. It's about a bunch of teens with their petty fights and young love angst and there just happens to be an asteroid in the sky which is mentioned in between the teenage school stuff. The book blurb even annoys me now, talking about how these kids had the chance to leave their labels behind and I quote 'become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end.' Right. And when Earth is destroyed, who exactly is going to remember these awesome things they achieved or what great kids they become? Hmmm?

Peter the popular jock is wondering if a life as a top sports star and hot girlfriend Stacy would mean he is wasting some other potential. He sights and bleats over how difficult it is to be so popular and talented as it might not be the right path in life to take. Oh get over yourself you clown! Either embrace your gift and go to college to follow your sporting dream, or stop moaning about it and do something else! Dump Stacy, the bimbo bitch from hell, if you don't like her but just stop whining! Eliza's life was ruined when Peter kissed her in front of a friend of Stacy and he stood back and did nothing while Stacy's gang made her life a misery. Now she has to deal with her dad's cancer. Andy wants to get out of school and be a professional waster who does nothing while the world hands him everything. Anita wants to be a singer but her dad is obsessed with her academic future. It takes to page 79 before the asteroid is even mentioned seriously rather than a pretty light in the sky. At page 100, the asteroid might be a problem but all Andy cares about is impressing a girl and Peter is still whining about how tough his life is. Never mind kid, you'll all be dead soon!

I swear that every kid in this book is obsessed with sex or cheating on their partner or getting into love triangles or fighting with said partner. Ugh on a massive scale! There is a bloody asreroid coming to wipe out the planet and all you can think about is 'does he/she fancy me?' Get a grip! I thought the book was some inspiring do something with the limited life you have left instead of everyone getting their hormones in a twist. This was so boring on an epic scale and I wanted the asteroid to move faster and get rid of them all.

And by the time the book is ending, we're still no closer to the armageddon I was wishing for. I found this book slow and boring, full of hormonal angst and love triangles, with characters that drove me crazy. This book was a huge let down from what I hoped it would be.

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  1. Oh no! My daughter just bought this book. Of course, she gives everything 5 stars so she might enjoy it. Sorry this one didn't work for you.

    1. Readers who like all the teen angst stuff might enjoy this but I just can't be bothered with that when an asteroid is coming to kill everyone!