Review: We All Looked Up

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up

Publication date:  March 24th 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 384

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary/Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Received in exchange for review. This has not influenced my review. Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Australia and the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers.

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Goodreads synopsis:

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.

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Review:

If you’re one of those naturally curious, over-imaginative people, then of course you have wondered what would happen in the case of an impending apocalypse. You know, as you do. Which is why We All Looked Up would practically be eye candy for you.

With one of the best covers and book designs in book history, We All Looked Up explores the catastrophic events that finding out the end of the world was coming could potentially bring. To do this, we follow the story from the points of view of four different teens: Anita, Peter, Eliza and Andy.

Each one of these teens are very, very different from each other. My favourite was easily Anita, however. I felt like I understood her the most. I loved Andy too, though. He was just too cute. Peter and Eliza however, I could take or leave. I think the book could have been just as good, if not better, if they weren’t in it, or at least took a backseat.

Really this book could have been one big quote. I’m so grateful to have been introduced to Tommy Wallach’s writing. It’s impressive. Almost every line is deep and beautiful and therefore, quotable. I also read in the back of my copy that he has created an album based on the book? That’s pretty cool. I would love to listen to it one day.

I did have two problems with the book though. I felt like the pacing was way too slow at times and I actually began to struggle to pull through it towards the end.

And number two was that I felt like the climax never really picked up towards the end and it ended up being a little bit anticlimatic. Don’t even get me started on the ending. And this is where I move on quickly before I spoil it.

I absolutely loved the little meteor tracker in the book. It added just that little bit more quirkiness to the book. I love the cover so much. It’s actually perfect. Believe it or not, it’s exactly what I picture the end of the world to look like.

Perhaps my favourite thing about the book was how thought-provoking it was. It brought up so many points I had never even really thought about to do with the apocalypse. I won’t say them but it really was interesting.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I think most people will probably be able to pull at least one little thing from the many things in this book. For me personally, it was the themes it explored. The writing of course was a bonus and the design of the book is absolutely phenomenal.

Everyone can take something away from the deep and stunning pages of We All Looked Up. A phenomenally beautiful read that will make you question everything – from your existence to your next meal.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show!

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Goodreads author bio:

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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February 2015 Wrap-up!

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The rules:

•Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it).
•Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
•Try to post titles under at least a few of the categories below.

Sigh. This was my first month back at school and it has been HECTIC. It’s definitely, definitely a step up from last year. I do homework from 4-10pm everyday (without actually having proper study time) and if my eyes aren’t too try and tired by 10pm then I read for a bit. Ok, I’m done complaining.

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Bought:

…Nothing. But I’ve got something ready to buy…

Gifted:

Nada.

Won:

Zilch.

Library:

  • The Duff by Kody KeplingerThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
  • Frostfire by Amanda HockingFrostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

For review:

I was so excited when they came. Thank you so much Allen & Unwin!!

  • A Small Madness by Dianne TouchellA Small Madness
  • Soulprint by Megan MirandaSoulprint

Read: 

  • Starlet’s Web by Carla J. HannaStarlet's Web (The Starlet, #1)
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
  • Quintspinner by Dianne GreenlayQuintspinner (Quintspinner series)
  • The ‘Naturals by Robin ParrishThe 'Naturals: Awakening [Episodes 1-4 -- Season 1] (Young Adult Serial)
  • Heartbeat by Elizabeth ScottHeartbeat
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter (reread)Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)
  • The Duff by Kody KeplingerThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
  • A Small Madness by Dianne TouchellA Small Madness

TBR:

  • Switched by Amanda Hocking (reread)Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
  • Torn by Amanda Hocking (reread)Torn (Trylle, #2)
  • Ascend by Amanda Hocking (reread)Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, #3)
  • Frostfire by Amanda HockingFrostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
  • Soulprint by Megan MirandaSoulprint

Currently reading:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl

Counting the Stars 80#

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The rules:

•Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it).
•Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
•Try to post titles under at least a few of the categories below.

I’m really sorry that some of these books will be repeated from my last wrap-up! But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to start doing these monthly, from now.

Bought:

Well, I had the entire month of January off from school! And with some money I received for Christmas, I went and bought a couple of books.

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  • Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Downloaded free as part of the ‘first in a series free’ deal on iBooks:

They were also all free on Kindle (thankfully that usually happens because I don’t read on my phone)!

  • Jump by Sean WilliamsJump (Twinmaker, #1)
  • The Intern by Gabrielle TozerThe Intern (The Intern, #1)
  • Every Breath by Ellie MarneyEvery Breath (Every #1)
  • Strange Angels by Lili St. CrowStrange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)
  • Zom-B by Darren ShanZom-B (Zom-B, #1)
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (I already own physically and have read but…)The Selection (The Selection, #1)
  • Evermore by Alyson NoelEvermore (The Immortals, #1)
  • Mercy by Rebecca LimMercy (Mercy, #1)

Gifted:

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

This was a Kindle daily deal and my mum offered to buy it for me. Thanks again Mum if you’re reading this 🙂

Won:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl

EEEEEP. Thanks again, Nara!!

Library:

  • The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la CruzThe Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown, #1)
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

For review: 

  • Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring
  • The ‘Naturals by Aaron Patterson, Melody Carlson, Robin Parrish and K. C. Neal
  • Manga Classics: Les Miserables Softcover by Victor Hugo (originally), adapted by Crystal Silvermoon and English script by Stacy King

Read: 

  • I Was Here by Gayle FormanI Was Here
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (reread)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (reread)City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (reread)City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (reread)Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (reread)City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (reread)Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (reread)City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (reread)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra ClareCity of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra ClareThe Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles)
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places
  • The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la CruzThe Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown, #1)
  • Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring

To be read:

Unfortunately tomorrow I go back to school. Meaning less reading time.

But for the rest of the year I will be participating in the YA Australian Bloggers & Readers challenges where you read certain books based on certain categories.

If you want to sign up yourself (and trust me, you want to), click HERE

  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
  • Starlet’s Web by Carla J. HannaStarlet's Web (The Starlet, #1)
  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (if I can find a copy)The Last Time We Say Goodbye
  • The Principles of Love by Emily FranklinThe Principles of Love (The Principles of Love, #1)

What books did you read/get this last month? Feel free to leave me a link to your post or tell me in the comments!

Review: Notable

Notable by Marni Bates

Notable (Smith High, #3)

Publication date: October 29th 2013

Publisher: K-Teen

Number of pages: 272

Series: Smith High (3# (can be read as standalone))

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

I take no prisoners…

I’m Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I can’t handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High School’s biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my parents decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia…

Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I’m stuck with a bunch of college students who don’t take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it’s up to me to get us all out of the country alive–even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who won’t stop calling me “princess.”

Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

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 Review:

You could say that this book was notable. But you could also say that it was great. Personal choice, ya know?

Well my choice is great. Do you want to know why? Well, dear followers/random readers, read on indeed.

Chelsea is your typical mean girl. And mean girls have feelings too. So how does Chelsea feel about being sent to Cambodia? Not very happy.

And she is totally right. She is sent on one of the most dangerous aadventures of a lifetime. Drug dealers, violence and of course a bit of love, this was one gripping book.

I thought that Marni Bates did a fantastic job at executing the mean girl kind of thing. Yeah, sure, it was a little stereotypical, but you cares? Not me. Marni managed to prove that even though Chelsea didn’t exactly get the best SAT (think that’s it. Sorry, not American) scores, it certainly didn’t make her dumb. And it proved that not all mean girls are mean for no reason. They have wants too and they may put on a steel exterior but they are not real.

No, I am not a patriot for mean girls.

I thought that the romance was so cute! I’m glad she ended up with that person because they were just perfect for each other.

I have not yet read any of the other books in the series, but I really want to. If I am to get them, I may as well wait for the fourth book to come out. While you don’t need to read them before Notable, I can see why it would enhance your reading experience.

I would recommend this to anyone open to contemporaries, looking for a good book with a different storyline. Loved it!
4.5/5 comets
KABOOM! That only leaves one continet. One little flaw.

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 Goodreads author bio:

Marni BatesMy autobiography MARNI (part of HCI’s Louder Than Words series) was on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List. I then signed a four book contract with KTeen. My first YA novel, AWKWARD, has been optioned by the Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie and translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and Hungarian.

In my free time I can be found reading romance novels, rollerblading, singing really loudly (and off-key) in public and watching copious amounts of television–strictly for artistic inspiration, of course.