Holding up the Universe

Holding up the Universe

eBook - 2016
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A New York Times BestsellerFrom the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone?and love someone?for who they truly are.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.Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are?and seeing them right back."Niven is adept at creating characters. . . . [Libby's] courage and body-positivity make for a joyful reading experience." ?The New York Times"Holding Up the Universe . . . taps into the universal need to be understood. To be wanted. And that's what makes it such a remarkable read." ?TeenVogue.com, "Why New Book Holding Up the Universe Is the Next The Fault in Our Stars""Want a love story that will give you all the feels? . . . You'll seriously melt!" ?Seventeen Magazine
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780385755948
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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KatG1983
Sep 17, 2019

I would agree with the commenter below me that Holding up the Universe is not as good as the author's other novel, All the Bright Places (which had me ugly, snotty crying). Universe is decent and well written, but wasn't entirely for me.

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KMJ_
Jan 01, 2019

While not as good as All the Bright Places, this book follows a similar path of two very different people finding common ground. Libby had to be rescued from her house three years earlier, and became known as the World's fattest teen. Jack has undiagnosed prosopagnosia, which means he can't recognize faces, even of those closest to him. There are a lot of things in this book that are way over the top, but it does a good job of showing what different people have in common and how insecurities affect everyone. I don't know how realistic this book's version of prosopagnosia is because Jack seems to lack any coping mechanisms. The random references to the show Supernatural are entertaining if you're a fan of that show like me.

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haleythetaco
Nov 06, 2018

This book is one of the best things that has every happened to me! I absolutely LOVE it and I highly recommend it! This book is extremely depressing at times, but the main characters help each other through their problems. I cannot express how much I love this book!

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MiaRLunares
Aug 13, 2018

This book was amazing. I could not put it down for the life of me, I read it all in one sitting. The love story is great!

KHCPL_Tree Nov 05, 2017

Enter Libby Strout once known as “America’s Fattest Teen”, and Jack Masselin, swoony popular high school stud, and throw them into Breakfast Club-esque detention sessions after a beat down from a bad attempt at a horrible prank and you have Holding Up the Universe. These two unlikely characters are thrown together and find that they can confide their troubles and secrets with EACH OTHER….and they are heavy burdens upon their teen shoulders. Libby suffers from extreme grief that caused her massive life-altering weight gain but she is on the road to recovery and is refreshingly confident amid high school ridicule. She doesn’t know that Jack witnessed her most embarrassing moment and that he really didn’t want to hurt her with his prank. Jack suffers from an extreme from a Face Blindness and has worked out a system so that no one ever knows until he mistaking kisses the wrong girl. It gets harder for him to hide his condition while learning more family secrets, the burden keeps growing. But with the help of Libby and their intense attraction the weight of the universe becomes shared.
This book is set in Indiana, it’s a well written and realistic tale of teens trying to navigate the world as best they can while finding out that sometimes it’s best to not shoulder the burdens of the world alone. It has a dual POV that shows there is more to another person that what you are shown. High School antics such as mild violence, language, sex, drugs, and alcohol are mentioned and experienced but are not the heart of the story.

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amylee290
Aug 12, 2017

A tad slow paced, but overall, good read.

Kids can be cruel. Anyone who is different or doesn't meet the school norm is often singled out and bullied. This novel starts with a friend of Jack's who thinks it is funny to play mean pranks on fat girls. The gist of the story centers around learning to see beneath the surface and seeing people for who they are on the inside instead of who they appear to be on the outside. Once again, Niven sets her novel in an Indiana high school--love the local connections. I also love these two realistic and well drawn teens attempting to make the best of their individual situations. Touching, heart rending, and well written.

RDPL_Teens Jul 12, 2017

"Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is."

Libby Strout, a teen who just three years earlier had to be cut out of her house, starts high school and discovers it can be an emotionally treacherous place. She forms unusual bonds with some of her classmates, including Jack, who is harboring secrets of his own.

I loved Libby's insurmountable spirit in this book about overcoming loss, bullying and figuring out who you really want to be.

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SashaE
Jun 11, 2017

This book was better than I expected.
It was a cute, easy to read book with a interesting story!!!

JCLEmmaF Feb 03, 2017

This was super sweet. A girl deemed the "Fattest Teen in America" quickly gets into a fist fight with Mr. Popular- who happens to have a secret disorder called prosopagnosia (he cannot recognize anyone's face). I was vaguely skeptical that the main character could be so gutsy; however, I loved every minute of it. Lovable characters made me happy. Is it a tiny bit extra/stereotypical? Sure, but I think high school/first loves are. But the thing is, it's not a "popular boy rescues fat girl" story. It's a "two people figure out who they are and own it" story... Super cute and easy read, Very easily my favorite fiction of 2016.

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night_shadow_8
Apr 28, 2019

Also there's her smile. Let me tell you, it's amazing, like it comes from the deepest part of her, a part made of blue skies and sunshine.
- Jack Masselin

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