Review: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven


Pages- 389

Genre- Romance, Young Adult

Published By- Alfred A. Knopf books for younger readers.

Release Date- October 4th 2016

Source from Goodreads

“America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours

Review 4.5 stars

Libby Strout is starting high school this is the one thing she never thought she would be able to do. Jack Masselin is the classic boy good-looking, confident but nobody knows that he is hiding a pretty big secret from everybody. When Libby and Jack find each other everything changes.

Libby Strout is one strong determined character she lost her mum so she turned to food. Over time she couldn’t move leaving her in bed with only the tv and books to keep her company. That was after the whole craning her out of her house one day. Now she is different after losing weight she is now going back to school, this is where she meets some old friends. She doesn’t let what people say to her get to her which I think is amazing.

Then we have Jack Masselin who has very different problems one of them being he can’t recognize people. Home isn’t good his dad has been cleared of cancer however Jack thinks he is having an affair so their relationship is rocky.

When Libby and Jack first meet it doesn’t end well with Libby punching him they have to go to The Conversation Circle. Once they start talking to each other they both realize that they both need help. When Jack does tell Libby about him not being able to recognize people faces she straight away wants to help.

This book is like one massive quote. This book is amazing you have strong characters, a strong plot that you cling to. The writing style is beautiful all in all this book was a quick read if you have read All The Bright Places and enjoyed it then you should defiantly give this one a try.

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