Blog Tour: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach *Review, Playlist & Giveaway*

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Blog Tour: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach *Review, Playlist & Giveaway*

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach *Review, Playlist & Giveaway*We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Published by Simon & Schuster for Young Readers on 3/31/2015
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Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

Review

There aren’t words to show how much I enjoyed We All Looked Up.  It was such a different novel than what I’ve been reading and it captured me completely.  I finished this book in a day, and possibly shirked all other responsibilities.

We get to follow four characters as they try to deal with the fact that the world may be ending very soon.  Peter, Eliza, Anita and Andy are characters that have their own issues and insecurities.  Waiting to see what happens with the asteroid helps them see what is important to them, and if you only have a certain number of days left to live how they should be spending it.  Each of these characters is entwined with the other, whether by chance or from past situations.  They don’t seem like the type that would be in a group together, but stranger things are happening.  I adored each character, and I think each one learns something about themselves as the novel progresses.

I like that Wallach touched on some of the grittier things that are likely to happen during an apocalyptic situation.  He shows the hope that some people have and the ugliness that comes out of some people.  There are situations of violence and terrifying events.  There is also the bonding of the characters and the people in their lives.  You can really see a person’s character when the end is coming.  They can be grotesque, full of love, or hate.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I loved the way this book ended.  I think I would have been let down had it been different.  I will say that if you like endings that are tidied up, then this one will probably annoy the mess out of you.  But it’s perfect for the situation and these characters.

 

Playlist

Well I wrote and recorded a whole companion album to go with the book, so of course I

would pick that…but aside from that!:

Emily by Joanna Newsom

 

In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

 

Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips

 

I Don’t Mind by The Decemberists

 

He Doesn’t Know Why by the Fleet Foxes

 

Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie by Joanna Newsom

 

Retrograde by James Blake

 

 

There, There by Radiohead

 

Another New World by Josh Ritter

 

Master Hunter by Laura Marling

 

Go Home by Lucius

 

Giveaway

Win (1) of (3) a finished copy of We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (US Only)

Starts: March 20th, 2015

Ends: March 29th, 2015
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About Tommy Wallach

Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. His first novel, We All Looked Up, will be published by Simon and Schuster in April 2015. His work has appeared in many nice magazines, such as McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Wired. He has released an EP with Decca Records, and will be independently putting out an LP in Spring 2014. He also makes music videos, including one that was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum. You should buy him dinner.

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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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