We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Summary: Four different teens become unlikely friends when the world is threatened by an asteroid. Using their last two months, they were able to do everything they wanted to make sure they lived without any regrets. As time was counting down, Anika, Andy, Peter, and Eliza fall in love, make new friends, go on adventures, and slowly come together. They lived life to its fullest and bonded together as the fated asteroid, Ardor, came closer and closer.
Opinions: This is one of those books that helps you put life into perspective and think about what would happen if you were placed in the same situation. It helps you think about what you would want to change in your life and what you would want your last words and moments to be. Without Ardor, Anika, Andy, Peter, and Eliza would not even have met up and become such close of friends. In the face of death they were able to break apart from judgements and stereotypes to finally see everybody for who they really were.
Although the start of the book was not necessarily gripping and the plot was quite similar to other apocalyptic stories, the overall message was beautiful and definitely made me think more about my current life. When I was reading I was thinking about what I would change to live life without regrets and I feel like because I am such a shy person there would be so many things to change, say, and express. However, at the same time, there is that thought that makes you wonder that if everything is going to end for certain in a short amount of time, life would just almost feel a bit wasteful.
Interestingly, the characters did not stand out individually, but when their differences were revealed, how they fit so well together illustrated how they were each other's missing puzzle pieces. By the end of the book it almost felt like I had four new friends. This kind of story just touches your heart and it was clear it wasn't a book I was going to forget anytime soon. This book is definitely great for someone looking for a book where you will think a lot about life, love, regrets, and real happiness.
Cover: The cover is absolutely beautiful and it was definitely one of the reasons this story was so appealing. Everything about it was just so aesthetic.
Favorite Quote: "The best books, they don't talk about things you never thought of before. They talk about things you'd always thought about, but that you didn't think anyone else thought about. You read them, and suddenly you're a little less alone in the world. You're part of this cosmic community of people who've all thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be."
My heart fell when I found out that Peter didn't make it. (I know cue the tears!) I was also a bit disappointed at the end and would like to know how this book really ended, if the asteroid hit or not. Even though I knew it was meant to end like this to make you think (which trust me I thought about a lot) the story felt incomplete and I really wanted to find the right outcome.
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