Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Get Away: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Every summer we like to do something special. This year our bloggers will be giving you their picks for their favorite books to bring on a vacation. Whether you're heading out on a long car trip or catching a flight to paradise, we have the books to put in your carry-on.

This week, our teen reviewer Neeka shares her essential pick:

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We are all traveling through time and space. Some of our journeys are literal—say, a long, hot car ride to Florida—while others are spiritual, emotional, or mental—like the characters in We All Looked Up. That’s what makes We All Looked Up a perfect travel read.

On the surface, Tommy Wallach’s We All Looked Up seems like a blend of The Breakfast Club and the entire apocalyptic genre: the lives of several very different teenagers are irrevocably changed by an impending asteroid which might mark the end of the world. But this book surprised me a lot with its intensity and poetic, but unpretentious, discussion of philosophy. Each character is likable by their own merit and the book details their coming together. Eventually, they form a karass, a Vonnegut term used by one of the characters, which means a group of people united in a spiritual way.  The characters each learn how to step out of the shells of their expectations and obligations. They move along on their journey to hope…and maybe even acceptance.

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