REVIEW: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

TITLE: Holding Up The Universe

AUTHOR: Jennifer Niven

PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

PUBLICATION DATE: 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, 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.

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Holding Up The Universe talks about the different social (and even personal) problems that the youth today experience.

This is not just another romance story set in a high school wherein the perfect one falls for the loser one. No. It absolutely is not. This is so much more than that. I loved Jennifer Niven more because of this novel.

Holding Up The Universe is a book about yourself, about your friends, about the people you thought were your friends, about your family and everyone and everything in between. This book had me shed some tears, especially the parts about dealing with your own conflicts with yourself and about dealing with family problems.

Aside from the drama, there are also really inspiring and fun parts. Libby may be called as America’s Fattest Teen, but I can say that she is also America’s Most Confident and Beautiful Teen. Jack may not recognize faces, but he recognizes very well the feelings of the people around him.

I love how kind the two main characters are. I love how this book talks about the things that should be talked about in our society, but we are afraid to talk about. I love how it can boost the confidence of its readers.

Holding Up The Universe is an eye-opener for everyone.

**I received a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion about the book.**


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