BOOK: Holding Up The Universe
AUTHOR: Jennifer Niven
FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
*I would like to thank Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of this book for review.
This doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*
First of all, I’d like to thank JM @ Book Freak Revelations for hosting this PH blog tour. Anyway, when I finished reading this book for the first time, I was in awe. I cannot stop smiling because Jennifer Niven did it again. She didn’t break my heart, but the feels are on point. This book became my bestfriend and my world. I can’t explain how much I loved every single word. I just didn’t want it to end. All The Bright Places was lovely, but this one’s lovelier. In my opinion, Jennifer knows how to catch the attention of her readers. She wrote HUTU for her readers and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. It was wonderful. Another phenomenal book by Jennifer Niven! 🙂
The way she wrote Libby’s story was stunning. I don’t know how she did it, but it was amazing. There has been an issue before the release of HUTU. I don’t know if you’re aware of this but people are telling that the synopsis of Jen’s new book is offensive.Truth be told, if that’s what you think, then you’re absolutely wrong. I, myself, didn’t think it was offensive. Not at all. You might say, “oh, you haven’t experienced being fat!”. Guess what? I used to be overweight.People teased me because of my weight. Yada-yadaaa. Learning to love myself was the only thing I can do. Just like Libby. Weight doesn’t define a person. If you love dancing, go! If you love singing, go! If you love everything, go! The world can’t judge you. Just keep twirling! ❤
Jack’s story was unforgettable. What if you were the one who can’t recognize faces? It was my FIRST time reading something about face-blindness and Jack’s POV was so eye-opening. I don’t know if you’ve watched 50 first dates. Yes, we’re talking about Drew Barrymore here. It was like face-blindness. Jack avoids being close to anyone. He just wants to be charming and cool…. until he meets Libby.
Holding Up The Universe is officially out today! If you’re having second thoughts, I assure you that this book is a gem. You will never get tired of rereading it. Anyways, have you heard the news yet? Jennifer is writing her 3rd YA novel and we should get ready…
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