Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Teaser Tuesday: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.

We All Looked Up –
Simon & Schuster BFYR

“Believe what you want, man.”
“What I believe is that you shouldn’t waste your potential flipping burgers?”
— Page 30

“I mean, aren’t we supposed to care about stuff other than just dances and football? Could we maybe try to do one thing that actually matters in the real world?”
— Page 59




Books in general and YA in particular loves to play in extremes and what if scenarios. And which scenario could be more extreme and question-provoking as the possible end of the world combined with the total annihilation of humanity? If today you and everyone else received the message that in two months’ time an asteroid is likely going to hit the planet and possibly going to destroy it? And not in the sense that it will be really close and then pass by at a distance that seems vast to anyone who isn’t usually calculating in light years and suddenly has to think in something as puny as kilometres – a literal light blip.
What this book does splendidly is impress upon its reader this immediacy. You can’t avoid wondering if two months are enough to change, to rethink, to experience ... to live. Not if you like most people think that you have that much more time.
I haven’t read enough of it yet that I can weigh in on the discussion about this book’s overall quality, but I know that the author has a very distinct style of writing and some very interesting word choices. And yeah, the cover is pretty cool in making you look really closely for the title. What a pity that I found it spine out in the bookshop where the letters are infinitely bigger.

The obvious question would involve asking what you would do if the world was set to end in a blast in two months (as opposed to slowly fading away). And I think I’ll go for the obvious today. Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments.

3 comments:

sjhigbee said...

If everyone knew the world was ending in two months? I'd retreat under the bed before the mayhem and bloodshed started... Interesting idea, though.
My TT this week is the latest murder mystery by a wonderful author - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/teaser-tuesday-6th-june-2017/

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds interesting and it is new to me. I'll have to add it to my wishlist. My YA teaser is from The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May. Happy reading!

Laura Thomas said...

This is nearing the top of my read list. Great choice for the teaser.

My TT from Of Beast And Beauty

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