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What Goes Up

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What Goes Up

Eddie isn’t your usual hero. In fact, there isn’t really anything usual about him --- that’s why NASA chooses him to partake in their mysterious and prestigious Interworlds Agency tryouts. Hundreds of the nation’s best and brightest teens were chosen to compete for one of the two spots offered by the agency. Competing for her own spot is Rosa, an extremely intelligent young woman who is trying to live up to her parent’s legacy in science. But with wave after wave of crazier and crazier tasks, and participants being sent home in droves, it’s going to take a lot more than intelligence and her parents’ names to survive to the next round.

"This fast-paced, quick-witted, and laugh-out-loud funny novel was so hard to put down that I had to force myself to put it away to get any sleep. The writing in the book was phenomenal...."

Katie Kennedy, the author of LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA, returns with her second book, WHAT GOES UP, and it does not disappoint. This fast-paced, quick-witted, and laugh-out-loud funny novel was so hard to put down that I had to force myself to put it away to get any sleep. The writing in the book was phenomenal; I’ve never really read any YA book written in the style that Kate Kennedy employs. It was a huge breath of fresh air and a break from what is usually seen in teen books.

Another good thing about WHAT GOES UP was that its plot wasn’t that predictable. After the first hundred pages or so, the book definitely took a turn and went in a completely different direction that I don’t think anyone would have seen coming given the book description. It kept me on my toes and invested in what was going to happen next.

Eddie and Rosa were also really great and well-developed characters. Even though they were super smart geniuses selected for an elite training program by NASA, they never seemed too perfect to relate with. Each character had flaws and weaknesses that took them down from the stars and back to earth.

Though the themes that the book dealt with could have gone in a direction that could have been a little harsh, its plot points and backstories never took away from the overall fun tone. The book kind of reminded me a bit of the movie Tomorrowland in its ability to delve into deep topics but still have a whimsical and amusing feel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good book to read and to anyone who likes science fiction. It’s well-written, the characters are well-developed, and the plot is wonderfully fast-paced.

Reviewed by Zoe I., Teen Board Member on August 14, 2017

What Goes Up
by Katie Kennedy