We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
This book was picked for my month's book club, and I had the eARC, so it worked in my favor since I've been wanting to read it.
Overall, this book was pretty blah to me. It took me forever to get through it and some of the characters stories I wasn't able to really connect with, so they just really annoyed me whenever I had to read their story.
Anita, Peter, Andy, and Eliza were the 4 characters we saw their lives during the 6 weeks before Asteroid Astor was coming.
Peter was the golden boy who had the popular girlfriend, but a pretty messed up life at home. He was just going through the motions that he needed to to get to college and really start his life. But when Astor was spotted, he realized that his life isn't want he wants it to be and decided to change his ways for the next 6 weeks, like everyone else in the world. He just seemed pretty biopolar throughout the novel, being nonchalant one minute and mad to the point of fighting during the next minute. It was very confusing most of the time.
Andy was my least favorite character out of them all. His lifestyle is so different from mine and I just couldn't relate to him at all. Everything he was doing seemed juvenile and ridiculous to me and it was just a complete waste in my opinion. He did become a better person at the end of the novel, but it was just a mess throughout the novel with him. Mainly because of Bobo and his crazy ways, but Andy caved into pressure way too much.
Eliza was a mystery to me. At first I really liked her because she was making a difference and recording the craziness around her to her blog with her photography. And she was taking care of her sick father. And I still liked her, but she used the label people called her a slut to actually be one. And what was everyone's fascination with her?! She wasn't that special... At least I didn't think so.
Anita was actually my favorite character out of the four that we read about. She defied against the strict rules that her parents had for her to finally live the life she really wants to rather than do exactly what they tell her to do. She wanted to sing before she died - her life long dream. So I don't blame her for leaving her parents and doing what she had to do for herself. Life really is too short to do something you don't want to in this novel.
I would have wished to know what had happened at the end - if the asteroid hit Earth or if it passed by. But I guess the author is leaving it up for the reader to decide what happens to the characters.
Honestly, I thought this book was okay, but it wasn't my favorite novel. I'm glad I got a free eARC from Edelweiss, but I definitely won't be re-reading this book in the future.
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