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.