We All Looked Up (Hardcover)

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I couldn’t help thinking of the movie The Breakfast Club when I started this debut YA novel about four Seattle high schoolers: “the athlete,” “the slacker,” “the overachiever,” and the “slut;” each chapter told in alternating POVs. We All Looked Up explores the idea of teens shedding their labels, like the 1980s John Hughes film, but with an apocalyptic twist. After scientists announce there’s a 66.6% chance a giant asteroid will strike and destroy Earth in two months, the four teens prepare for an uncertain future in a panicked city. Despite the bleak concept, it’s the novel’s gorgeous imagery, thoughtful prose, and heart-breaking emotion that make it one of the most uplifting books I’ve read in a really long time.

 

— From Sarah Chen

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481418775
ISBN-10: 1481418777
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 24th, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English