Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2015)
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Contemporary
Rating: 1 star
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.
I wasn’t going to write a review for this book because it pretty much infuriated me the entire time. But for the life of me I can’t understand all the rave reviews. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a freaking adult or possible because I’m a cynic most of the time that couldn’t give We All Looked Up a higher rating than one. Hell I didn’t even want to give it that but you know my whole rating system I have going on.
Anyways, this book tries so hard to be The Breakfast Club (which is one of my all-time favorite movies) but fails miserable. I mean the amount of clichés and stereotypes that bombard this book is enough to drown it.
So we Eliza the Slut.
Andy the Slacker.
Anita the Perfectionist.
And of course Peter the Jock.
I don’t know what’s worse, the rape scene of Eliza (because of course the slutty one needs to get raped) or the stereotypical and sometimes demeaning portrayal of people of color. For crying out loud, its 2015 can we please get pass the bullshit.
Also I had a problem with Eliza’s view on sex and guys. It was a pretty fucked up view and sadly I think there are young females that think this way. Plus the fact that We All Looked Up is enforcing these viewS. Well at least in my opinion.
There’s a moment that comes when you’re hooking up with a guy. Maybe you know what I mean. You become his whole world. Or maybe it’s just sex that becomes his whole world, but that’s okay too. I think we have this idea that it’s bad, the way dudes are always thinking about sex. But to me, it’s always seemed really pure. Like a puppy wanting a treat. And it starts to seem like such a little thing to do to make somebody happy.
“So it’s charity?”
Eliza grimaced. It sounds that way, doesn’t it? But don’t get me wrong. It feels good too. Only not that good. Most of the time, anyway…..Sex lets me make somebody sublimely happy for a few minutes, and that makes me feel better.
Like I said, a fucked up and sickening view. That passage in the book really got me mad that I had to stop reading because I was totally pissed off. Like some ass backwards empowerment for women. “Yeah dudes will respect and take you more serious if you satisfiy them with you bodies.” Whatever. Get the fuck out of here with that bullshit.
The sad thing is that Eliza embraced being a “slut” because everybody thought the rumor was true.
Out of all the characters I think she was the most complex but still she as well with the other characters could have been fleshed out more.
To be perfectly honest, the concept was good but it just wasn’t executed to its full potential. It’s one thing for the character to start out one-dimensional and cliché but by the end of the book if they show growth and maturity, you as a reader wouldn’t have a problem. That didn’t happen in We All Looked Up. Nope everybody stayed the same. They were all bratty and whiny and…….I need to stop before I become down right mean and belligerent.
Authors put their heart and soul into their writing so I won’t say no more. Just know that I didn’t like this book at all. I’m still wondering why all the rave reviews. Did we even read the same book? I’m just saying.
One last thing the whole asteroid hiding behind Jupiter is a bit far fetch. I might not be the smartest when it comes to science but I do remember that Jupiter has a big gravitational pull so I doubt that an asteroid would be hiding. More like getting sucked in into Jupiter’s orbit.
So there you have it. My rant/review. I might not give a fly f**k about this book but you might think differently. These opinions are all my own.
Sidenote: Please excuse me for all the profanity that is peppered through this review. By the way if you don’t like a lot of cursing in your reading than I wouldn’t recommend We All Looked Up because there is a lot. Sometimes unnecessarily used in my opinion.