Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

by Jennifer Niven

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ISBN-13: 9780385755924
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 36,419
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Niven is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller All the Bright Places. She has also written four novels for adults—American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive—as well as three nonfiction books—The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. She grew up in Indiana and now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles. For more information, visit JenniferNiven.com, GermMagazine.com, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

Read an Excerpt

Libby

 

 

If a genie popped out of my bedside lamp, I would wish for these three things: my mom to be alive, nothing bad or sad to ever happen again, and to be a member of the Martin Van Buren High School Damsels, the best drill team in the tristate area.

 

But what if the Damsels don’t want you?

 

It is 3:38 a.m., and the time of night when my mind starts running around all wild and out of control, like my cat, George, when he was a kitten. All of a sudden, there goes my brain, climbing the curtains. There it is, swinging from the bookshelf. There it is, with its paw in the fish tank and its head underwater.

 

I lie on my bed, staring up into the dark, and my mind bounces across the room.

 

What if you get trapped again? What if they have to knock down the cafeteria door or the bathroom wall to get you out? What if your dad gets married and then he dies and you’re left with the new wife and stepsiblings? What if you die? What if there is no heaven and you never see your mom again?

 

I tell myself to sleep.

 

I close my eyes and lie very still.

 

Very still.

 

For minutes.

 

I make my mind lie there with me and tell it, Sleep, sleep, sleep.

 

What if you get to school and realize that things are different and kids are different, and no matter how much you try, you will never be able to catch up to them?

 

I open my eyes.

 

My name is Libby Strout. You’ve probably heard of me. You’ve probably watched the video of me being rescued from my own house. At last count, 6,345,981 people have watched it, so there’s a good chance you’re one of them. Three years ago, I was America’s Fattest Teen. I weighed 653 pounds at my heaviest, which means I was approximately 500 pounds overweight. I haven’t always been fat. The short version of the story is that my mom died and I got fat, but somehow I’m still here. This is in no way my father’s fault.

 

Two months after I was rescued, we moved to a different neighbor-hood on the other side of town. These days I can leave the house on my own. I’ve lost 302 pounds. The size of two entire people. I have around 190 left to go, and I’m fine with that. I like who I am. For one thing, I can run now. And ride in the car. And buy clothes at the mall instead of special-ordering them. And I can twirl. Aside from no longer being afraid of organ failure, that may be the best thing about now versus then.

 

Tomorrow is my first day of school since fifth grade. My new title will be high school junior, which, let’s face it, sounds a lot better than America’s Fattest Teen. But it’s hard to be anything but TERRIFIED OUT OF MY SKULL.

 

I wait for the panic attack to come.

 

 

 

 

Jack

 

 

Caroline Lushamp calls before my alarm goes off, but I let her go to voice mail. I know whatever it is, it’s not going to be good and it will be my fault.

 

She calls three times but only leaves one message. I almost delete it without listening, but what if her car broke down and she’s in trouble? This is, after all, the girl I’ve dated off and on for the past four years. (We’re that couple. That on-again, off-again everyone-assumes-we’ll-end-up-together-forever couple.)

 

Jack, it’s me. I know we’re taking a break or whatever but she’s my cousin. My COUSIN. I mean, MY COUSIN, JACK! If you wanted to get back at me for breaking up with you, then congratulations, jerkwad, you’ve done it. If you see me in class today or in the hallways or in the cafeteria or ANYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH, do not talk to me. Actually, just do me a favor and go to hell.

 

Three minutes later, the cousin calls, and at first I think she’s crying, but then you can hear Caroline in the background, and the cousin starts yelling and Caroline starts yelling. I delete the message.

 

Two minutes later, Dave Kaminski sends a text to warn me that Reed Young wants to kick my face in for making out with his girlfriend. I text, I owe you. And I mean it. If I’m keeping score, Kam’s helped me out more times than I’ve helped him.

 

All this fuss over a girl who, if we’re being honest, looked so much like Caroline Lushamp that—at least at first—I thought it was her, which means in some weird way Caroline should be flattered. It’s like admitting to the world that I want to get back together with her even though she dumped me the first week of summer so that she could go out with Zach Higgins.

 

I think of texting this to her, but instead I turn off my phone and close my eyes and see if I can’t transport myself right back into July. The only thing I had to worry about then was going to work, scavenging the local scrap yard, building (mind-blowing) projects in my (kick-ass) workshop, and hanging out with my brothers. Life would be so much easier if it was just Jack + scrap yard + kick-ass workshop + mind-blowing projects.

 

You should never have gone to the party. You should never have had a drink. You know you can’t be trusted. Avoid alcohol. Avoid crowds. Avoid people. You only end up pissing them off.

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Holding Up the Universe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I loved everthing about it.
jcmonson More than 1 year ago
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is an absolutely amazing book. It is the story of two teens. Libby Strout, who at one point in her young life had gained so much weight she had to be cut out of her house, and Jack Masselin, who has prosopagnosia, or face blindness. He has been able to hide this fact from everyone, including his family, but it is taking a toll on him. Due to a cruel stunt at school, Jack and Libby wind up in detention and group counseling together. As they begin to know each other, attractions develop. I think Libby is a fantastic character. Although she still weighs enough to be considered morbidly obese, she has lost hundreds of pounds since being cut out of her house. She is eager to experience all life has to offer, and is not afraid to go for it. I love that she tries out for the school dance team, and is not afraid to speak her mind. She has a sure sense of self that is very appealing. Libby's burgeoning relationship with Jack feels natural, not forced. She becomes the first person he tells about his prosopagnosia. The reader gets to experience a lot of firsts with Libby: first kiss, first date, first high school party. I really felt invested in her life and her happiness. This is a very sweet love story, with great, complicated characters. Although both Jack and Libby have unusual problems, they feel very natural, not forced at all. I also feel like I learned a bit about prosopagnosia. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I enjoyed it so much and will recommend it to all my friends. (And I love the cover so much. So pretty!) I received a free copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much, i hope they make a movie!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book really touched me. It was amazing to read about the face recognition. I never knew it existed. The complex way that the author worked the hero and heroine's issues together was truly masterful. I do not usually read YA, and this book was a gift to me. What a gift it truly was. Everything from the mean girls to the amazing strength of the heroine really resonated with me. So many people struggle with weight and she expressed all the feelings so well. A wonderful, beautiful story. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life changing
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
This book was not that great. I found it to be accurate in depicting what bullying is like in high school for those who do not fit the cookie cutter image that is set forth by society. But, other than that, I didn't find it to be intriguing. Libby and the other main character Jack are forced together by counseling sessions and community service after an altercation at school. I found it weird that Libby ends up falling for Jack after he completely humiliated her and insulted her. It just didn't seem right. Jack is 'face blind' and can't recognize people, even family. That was an interesting disorder to learn about, though. The redeeming quality of this book is Libby's letter towards the end which is very raw and real about her feelings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Niven delivers awesomeness once again with her new book, Holding up the Universe. If you're looking for a good ya with a twist, or just a feel-good to curl up in bed with, this won't disappoint. I read it in one sitting, and I regret nothing.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Holding Up the Universe....this book was interesting, and despite it being a fictional book, I did learn a little bit of random information from it which is always cool.. So what is it about? It is about Libby - America's former fattest teen and Jack - the boy who is face blind and can't recognize anyone by their face. Libby is now no longer stuck in her house. Once upon a time she was such a size that they had to cut her out of her house and lift her using a crane to get her out and to a hospital. She is still a larger girl, but she is pretty secure in her body and loves to dance. In this story she is finally returning to school as a high school junior and leaving the home school world and the hiding away behind her. Enter Jack. Jack is a boy with a rare disorder that causes him not to be able to recognize people by their faces. Every time a persons face leaves his visual field, he forgets it. Of course, being Mr. Popular, he hasn't told a single person about it and tries to hide that something isn't right with him. This gets him in quite a bit of trouble and interesting situations. He's Mr. Cool though so he keeps brushing it off and acting like it was nothing. One day, not long into the new school year Jack does something very jerky to Libby and their paths get crossed. And the story goes from there. So what did I think over all? I thought it was good. While I was reading it, I was enjoying it. However, the problem was when I took breaks in reading. This book wasn't necessarily calling me to come pick it back up to finish. Part of that could be this epic slump that I have been in regarding reading, but I think there is another part to it... See, while I found this book fun and an enjoyable read over all, I was having a hard time connecting to the characters. There was something about them that was missing for me. I especially wanted to be able to connect to Libby. I may not be a teenager any more, but I am no small little cupcake myself. So I wanted to read a story with a larger MC and feel the connection. NOW! I did eventually start to feel it towards the second half of the book. There was actually a paragraph in there that was describing EXACTLY how I have been feeling lately about "why should it matter to other people what size I am?" and that paragraph was a changer for me. I wanted the characters to feel a little more real, but they were okay. And then the ending! By then I was hooked and I really was feeling the emotions that were put towards the end and I enjoyed that. That was when I felt the need to really keep going if I had taken a break. So, there is that! All in all, I liked it. It does have a really good message that I definitely think needs to be shared and I do recommend this book! Be warned though - there is language and some mild violence in this book (mostly just punches to the face). This review is based on a copy provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holding Up the Universe is a very powerful story. I could not have asked for more from it. Holding Up the Universe is the story of two teens who both struggle with their bodies. Libby has always been on the bigger side. However, after her mother suddenly passes away from an aneurysm, Libby turns to food. Which resulted in her weighing 653lbs and needing to be evacuated from her house via a crane. Even though she’s lost a lot of the weight, she’s still viewed upon as the “fat girl” and she struggles with that every day. Meanwhile, Jack is the popular kid who everyone knows. The only problem is, he doesn’t recognize anyone, not even his own family. He has something called Prosopagnosia which is essentially face blindness. He kind of falls on the extreme side to where he can not recognize anyone and has to use identifiers (hair, skin color, voice) in order to “recognize” the person. Both of these teens struggle with their own problems and come from two completely different social circles, but they somehow come together and form a friendship. I’m honestly a little speechless right now. I’m sure my review is just going to be a rambling mess but bear with me. A lot of people are going to go into reading HUtU because they have read the author’s other novel, All the Bright Places. I have not read that book… yet. So, I went into this story with a clean slate and no idea what I was going to get. All I can say is WOW! I just can’t believe how much depth is in this story. I mean, sure you can read it and just see a “fat girl” bumbling through school and a popular boy who can’t immediately recognize people and chalk it up to an attempt of the author trying to be “diverse” but if that’s the case, then you are not looking at the story close enough. I just want to start off by saying that this is not a fat shaming book. This is not the author creating disorders and exploiting them in order to sell books. In the beginning of the book the author wrote a letter to the readers talking about the characters we are about to meet. The author struggled with her weight and thus was bullied in school. Her sixteen year old cousin has prosopagnosia and struggles with the same things as Jack. So, to sit there and say that this book is shallow or that the author is trying to cash in on something is just outright ludicrous. I do not have prosopagnosia, nor have I struggled with my weight in the sense that Libby does in the book. However, this book still managed to touch me deeply. And all I can imagine is, to the readers out there who are like Jack and Libby, this is their book. You are not alone, and most importantly YOU ARE WANTED!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me because it was more than what I expected. Let me explain why, the book was so much different than All the Bright Places and I’m not talking about the characters because they are obviously different, I’m talking about the writing, the writing was so much better, so much easier to connect to, so wonderful it just made me feel good (even when Libby and Jack weren’t having the best of times), I read the book way too fast and now I’m regretting it because I can’t go back and read it for the first time. I really liked Libby, more so than Jack. Maybe is because I saw myself in her or the way I would have like to be growing up, you know? I am a 30 year old woman who has struggled with weight her whole life and yeah never to the extent of Libby’s weight problem but a problem that made me self conscious none the less. I wasn’t bullied like Libby and I always had wonderful friends who were always there for me but I can understand how easily I could have been bullied if I had lived my teen years in our current society, I think that kids weren’t that mean back then and also there was no internet, so no way for them to continue their bullying from home. Libby rose above every hater that she encounters, she was confident, sassy, and she was who I would have liked to have been back then. Yes, she still struggles like any teenager but in her heart and mind she knows that is going to get better, that this is just a small period of time not your entire life. Jack was also very cool but I think Libby stole my heart. Another aspect that I really liked and that I had problems with in All the Bright Places is the importance of family, in this book family and support are prominent and I loved that because often times that is the reality, your family is there to support you if you open up to them, so seeing Libby be honest with her Dad made me really happy. I think Jennifer’s writing is going to keep getting better and better and I can’t wait to read her next story.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
After reading and enjoying All the Bright Places last year, this one made it on my must-read list for this fall. I have to admit, I had quite a few issues with All the Bright Places, so I was a bit hesitant that I would have similar issues with this one and maybe not enjoy it so much. I'm glad to say that I DID enjoy this one, so yay for that!! :) I always have difficulty writing about a book that has controversy surrounding it. Apparently there was an issue with the original synopsis that certain people took offense to. I, personally, have no idea what it was and why people were offended, so I'm not going to address that issue. I will strictly speak about the plot, characters, and how I felt in general about this book. I really enjoyed this one!! I think it had a great "love yourself" vibe, which is so, so important in teen books these days. I also loved these two characters so much. Not for their "disabilities" at all, but for their exceptional personalities. I don't believe the mental illness aspects of this story were romanticized at all. I never felt like they were being used solely to bring this story to another level. While reading this book, I felt that this story must be a personal one to Jennifer Niven... and I later learned that it was, in fact, based on people she knows that wanted their story brought to the world. Though I have to admit at times this story was a bit slow, and even a tad boring at times, the characters really brought it home for me. I would recommend this story based much more on the characters than the actual plot. Regardless, I really liked this one and I hope people will go into it with an open mind and see the story for what it truly is.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** I've heard so many good things about Jennifer Niven's last novel, All the Bright Places. That's why when I had the opportunity to read and review Holding Up the Universe, I took it! I absolutely loved the characters in this novel, especially Jack. Jack is basically suffering from prosopagnosia, which means that he can't exactly remember what people look like. Everytime he sees someone it's like he's seeing them for the first time. That's why he remembers people by identifiers, such as smiles and hair. Libby was okay. She was once known as "America's Fattest Teen" and has since lost quite a bit of weight. Her story was mainly about gaining confidence. The romance was quirky and cute. Going into the novel, you could tell that the two of them were going to get together, though it took quite a while for that to actually happen. It probably didn't happen until about 50% through the book, which was quite a bit of a waiting game. But once it actually happened, I loved it. I felt like a lot of the time I was reading the story for the characters because I loved them so much. They literally both went through so much that ultimately changed them into better people. They had so many ups and downs and at the end of the day they still had each other. One more thing about the characters: there were different perspectives. I always love alternating perspectives, so that definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story. I can't wait until I finally get my hands on All the Bright Places because I know that I want to read it after reading this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very pleasurable coming of age book. The two main characters are adorable! But very inspiring at the same time.
arelireads More than 1 year ago
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.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have already recommended it to friends, the only bad thing about it is that empty feeling i have now that it is finished! Dont let this one pass you by, get this book already!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel, from their diversity to their voice; they really brought the novel together for me. The two main characters in this novel were each dealing with major medical issues and they each handled it differently. Libby knew that she would not be hidden as she made her way back into the school system this fall. Still a big girl, Libby wanted her classmates to see her as just one of the many students returning back to class. Libby was nervous and excited as the first day of school approached and she hoped that her peers would forget that she once held the title of America’s Fattest Teen and the taunting and the jeers from years ago would be history. It only took one student, one student to ruin the start of her junior year. She soon finds out that some people never change and that maturity lacks in some individuals. Jack, on the other hand is a popular guy and he hangs out with the cool crowd. Now, if you viewed Jack’s world from anyone else’s perspective, you’d see him as forgetful or confused at times. Nothing alarming, but at times, he can’t remember who some people are. If you were Jack, you know there is something wrong, you realize you have a difficult time deciphering people’s faces and you’re afraid of the truth. You keep this secret inside and you ponder the mystery behind this condition, afraid of speaking out about the real Jack. They’re both alike in many ways, Libby and Jack, yet they are so different. I enjoyed their stories and how they tried to handle their conditions. We all know that everyone is unique and special and what makes them tick is what makes them, exceptional and I saw this in this novel. I really wished this novel would not have pushed the romance as hard as it did. I wished that instead of the romance, it would have relaxed a bit and worked more on their friendship. I felt the romance was pushed, it was sudden and quick. I would have liked their friendship to be drawn out, giving them time to build a lasting friendship where they would build a foundation. I felt that these two individuals needed to find themselves and each other before the word “love” is thrown into the mix. The other characters in the novel, bended and twisted these characters around, showing them qualities of each other and of themselves until the music stopped and they had to take a stand. These characters; they built them up, tore them down and molded them. Just like Play Dough, I see these parents, peers, and siblings shaping them right before my eyes. It was a great novel. “Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him.”
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
Holding Up the Universe is the quintessential contemporary YA novel. It had everything I love about young adult fiction, which is to say, it has very realistic, very raw thoughts and emotions of two teenagers. Jack is living with prosopagnosia and trying to keep it a secret. He cannot recognize the faces of anyone in his life, including himself and his family. He uses other visual clues – hair color, pronounced ears, etc. to identify people, but he sometimes makes mistakes, which dire consequences. Libby used to be American’s Fattest Teen. She had to be extracted from her house with a crane after she suffered a panic attack. Jack and Libby are unlikely friends, but yet they’re thrown together after an incident at school. This book alternates back and forth between Jack and Libby in very short chapters (1-4 pages typically). I loved being inside both of their heads. Jennifer Niven has captured the struggles of being a teen perfectly. These two characters have a lot going on, but it never seemed like too much. They have the ordinary high school drama plus the additional burden of health concerns, bullying, and heavy secrets. I loved every minute of reading this book. I could not put it down on the day I started it, and I blew through 200 pages in what seemed like no time at all. I was so invested in the story and the characters. Niven creates very complex characters without weighing down the story with unnecessary details. She lets their emotions and the events of the plot build the characterizations. Jennifer Niven wrote Holding Up the Universe based on some of her own experiences and that of her cousin who has prosopagnosia. That is what hooked me when I heard Jennifer speak about her book at BEA. I’d never heard of this condition, but I was so curious. Jennifer also wanted to write a book for all of the fans of All the Bright Places. She wanted to let teens know that “you are wanted.” And I think she definitely accomplished that with this book. It is perfection. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-holding-up-the-universe-by-jennifer-niven/
Tris13 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Niven does it again! I loved this story, I needed this story, it was everything I expected and more. YOU ARE WANTED! YOU ARE LOVED!
COBauer More than 1 year ago
HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven is a breath of fresh air! When an author releases their 2nd novel, I always get nervous that they’ll suffer from the sophomore slump. Fortunately Niven is a well-seasoned veteran (she’s written a TON of Adult novels & Non-Fiction), so it goes without saying this book was fantastic. Libby and Jack are teenagers with two debilitating issues: for Libby it’s her extreme weight; and for Jack, it’s a rare disorder (which he’s kept secret) that prevents him from recognizing faces. The two are unexpectedly drawn together and discover a deep connection. What entails is a beautiful, emotional, and truly sweet story of love, friendship, and self-discovery. Libby & Jack (flawed as he is) are both characters worth rooting for. Niven is an extremely gifted writer. I adored ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and wasn’t sure if she could top herself. But she has managed to write an equally compelling and beautiful novel. I was also grateful for a bit happier of an ending this time around. Grab yourself a copy ASAP! Note: I received a FREE ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be. Jack and Libby are fantastic characters who took me on a roller coaster of feels. I was gleeful, swooning, heartbroken, and cheering. There are positive and present parents {which I always delight in seeing} and one little brother I wanted to squeeze. Yes, there are some horrible moments. Yes, there is bullying. Yes, there were some characters that I wanted to jump into the book and make them walk barefoot on Legos. But, there is growth. There is acceptance. And there is a wonderful declaration that everyone needs to read. It might be easier to say that I loved every bit of it. **Massive thanks to Random House for sending me a bound manuscript and making me scream in the post office when I saw it**
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
The thing that sticks out the most to me about Holding Up the Universe are the characters. All of them had so much depth, I was able to completely suspend disbelief, and truly felt these characters to be real. Each character was so special: Libby has the confidence and snark that I wish I had, Dusty (Jack's younger brother) is one of the wisest kids I have ever met while reading and I absolutely adored him, and of course Jack had me swooning. The relationship between Jack and Dusty in particular had me grinning and laughing like a lunatic. I was able to get to know ALL of the characters, and I feel like I really did see each and every one of them learn and grow; not just the main characters, but also the side characters as well. The development of these fictional people really had me in shock. Why can't all characters be this thought out and deep? Jennifer Niven did such a fantastic job of keeping the main plot moving forward, while also having several interesting side stories going on. Niven also has a keen sense of humor, and was able to show this throughout the novel, without making it forced or distracting. The flow of things was so seamless, and I feel that having both Libby and Jack's narratives really took this story from being good, to incredible. This is one of those that will have you saying, "just one more chapter", until before you know it, you have read the last sentence. In short, this is easily a five star/two thumbs up book and you need it in your life. It deals with some very real issues that demand more attention (i.e. bullying, body image, acceptance). If I could pre-order a copy of this book for each and every one of you, I would, because THAT is how strongly I feel about it. I was left feeling so much more from this book than I have most of the books I have ever read, and I am incredibly grateful to Niven for this experience. This story will stick with you, the characters will stay in your heart and mind, and you'll find yourself thinking of particular scenes long after the last page.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
I am really glad I read that! Describe Holding Up The Universe in three words: Honest. Heart-breaking. Hopeful. This book sent me on a roller coaster of emotion from the Author's Note in the front of the book explaining how she drew on personal and family experience to write this story, right up to the last page. I laughed, I cried and I cheered! Jennifer Niven does a great job of portraying these characters--their stories, struggles and victories--in a relatistic and relatable way. And Libby and Jack are the kind of characters who stick with you long after you finish reading their story. The message this book leaves with the reader is one of self-love, confidence, and seeing people for who they really are. "Life is too short to judge others. It is not our job to tell someone what they feel or who they are. Why not spend some time on yourself instead?" ~ Libby Strout (hashtagCanIGetAnAmen) Read it. Side note: Jack Masselin's RL doppelganger works at my local Jimmy John's. I foresee a lot of turkey subs in my future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are no words, just feelings. Read this.