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Book Review: Holding Up The Universe

32500001Author: Jennifer Niven
 Format: Paperback
 Publisher: Knopff
 Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
 Number of Pages: 388
 Date Published: October 4 2016


Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “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 in new and bad-ass ways, 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.


“We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one.”
Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

 Jennifer Niven delivered the readers another amazing, relatable, and empowering book to her readers. I love the characters that she created, that sense of belonging.

THE WRITING. I like her writing style on how she eventually captures the reader right from the very first page. Like, in Jack’s letter in the beginning of the novel where it had me asking what’s if for. I like how there is a Dean, Sam, and Cas in the  book. I mean, OMG I stopped my SPN binge watch just to read this book and behold, we have the boys here too.

THE CHARACTERS. I love the characters and how they are their own self-rebels in their own ways and how they don’t succumb on to what the society is dictating them. Libby (I love her) is such an amazing and genuinely strong person. I admire her strength and how she build herself up from that rock-bottom that she’s been through, I like her she’d rather be herself than meet the weight standards of that dance club that she wants to be in. I like Jack for he has this nice human hiding underneath that bad ass, kind of asshole-is exterior. I love how he cares about his brothers especially the youngest one. These characters, Jack and Libby, are my cinnamon rolls and they needed to be protected.

THE PLOT. Okay ever since finishing ATBP, I have this small fear that we might loose a beloved character but thank gods we didn’t since no one is suicidal enough. It’s fairly predictable but the story and character development is so good that you can choose to ignore the “I saw that coming” ending.

THE END. Its… beautiful. ’nuff said.


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