We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

A little math for you on this fine evening…

The Breakfast Club  + Melancholia = We All Looked Up

Quite the combination, but well worth the read. This young adult novel tells the story of four very different teenagers trying to make the best of the few weeks they have left (before the world ends). Wallach is a beautiful writer. He sold me early on with this line: “But if she’d learned anything in the past year, it was that no amount of suffering could save you from more of it.”

And, teenager or not, sometimes life just feels like that*.

We All Looked Up Pair

*My step-father passed away rather unexpectedly while I was camping last week. And sometimes it seems that no matter what, it’s always too soon.  So enjoy some comfort food (mine is pizza with basil), raise a glass, and hug your loved ones.

(I received a review copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. I loved it.)

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  • Malcolm Avenue Review

    So sorry to hear about your stepfather, Rory. I will surely raise a glass to him along with all of mine.

  • Susan W

    My thoughts are with you and your family, may his memory be a blessing. Sadly it sometimes takes a tragedy to appreciate the things we have.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    So sorry, Rory. Thinking about you and your family, lady.

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  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs.

  • Naomi

    So sorry to hear about your step-father, Rory.
    As for the book, now I want to know what people do with themselves when they know they only have a few weeks left.

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s a mix, and I think pretty realistic, so I’d recommend it. I’d spend it with my family.

  • Katie McD @ Bookish Tendencies

    Yesss… I’ve been waiting for you to talk about this one, and glad it was a good one. I’ll definitely have to pick it up now. So sorry to hear about your loss – sending kind thoughts your way.

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s YA, and reads like YA, but good YA, if you know what I mean.

  • Jennine G.

    So sorry for your loss Rory, but thank you for sharing that line and this book. It means the world to hear something you can relate to in tough times. My first two weeks of June have consisted of that exact quote. A friend of 20 years ended up with emergency surgery and faces another soon, both life threatening. My uncle passed away suddenly last week and yesterday found out my husband’s skin cancer is back. Life just doesn’t give you a break, does it?

    • Rory O’Connor

      It does not, and usually when you least expect it. Hugs to you and your family.

      • Jennine G.

        Thank you.

  • Carolyn O

    I’m so very sorry, Rory. Thinking of you and your family.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thank you, Carolyn. <3

  • Marisa @The Daily Dosage

    So sorry to hear this, Rory. Thinking of you and your family.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thank you. <3

  • mariahelena

    So sorry to hear about your step-father, Rory. Hugs.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thank you. <3

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