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Holding Up the Universe

Posted by Freda on October 4, 2016
28671039Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 400
Release Date: Oct 2016
Place on Hold

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.

Overall I think that this book had an interesting story and very well developed characters. I found Libby, one of the two main characters compelling and easy to relate to, but Jack, the other main character, a very interesting character, was very hard for me to like. Even though he had some redeeming qualities, many of his actions were difficult to look past. I really like the writing style, and the two narrator format.  This was an above average high school romance, and  I highly recommend for fans of “Everything Everything”, or “The Sun is Also a Star”.

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