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.
I would like to thank JM from Book Freak Revelations for including me in this blog tour and also to Penguin Random House International for providing the arc that we’ve read. *This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Libby Strout once dubbed as “America’s Fattest Teen.” She was bullied because of her weight but it seems that no one’s taken their time to know her background, her story. No one’s taken their time to know who she really is and what really happened in her life. After her mom’s death, she tries to deal with her heartbroken father and also her own grief. Now, after years of homeschooling, she’s ready for high school. She’s ready to meet new friends, for love, and all the things that life has to offer. Then there’s Jack Masselin. He’s a guy who’s charming and hilarious but he don’t really like to be too close to anyone because he has a prosopagnosia – he can’t recognize faces, even his family are strangers to him.
Let me mention what I didn’t like in Holding Up The Universe first. I’m having a problem with Jennifer Niven’s writing style at the beginning of the book. There are parts that, for me, is not really necessary and sometimes the story lacks an interesting element to it, which I mean is sometimes there’s no interesting stuff going on that’s why it takes time to really get into the story. That’s why I’m having a hard time reading the first half. But I’m glad that it gets better and better towards the end.
I really love Libby Strout. She’s a very strong and inspiring woman. Despite being bullied because of her weight, she still managed to get things going and live her life to the fullest. She doesn’t care about what other people want to say about her, and that’s what makes her even more likable. Even though she have her own problems in her life, Libby just want to enjoy life and to be a member of Martin Van Buren High School Damsels.
Jack Masselin is this guy who is attractive and popular, and always tries to please other people because he wants to fit in. But behind the charismatic personality, Jack has a disorder called Prosopagnosia. He can’t recognize faces. He can’t even remember the faces of his own family. At first, you will struggle with Jack’s character because he’s like this guy you know in highs school who is a coward and always accepts challenges by his peers even though it’s stupid and wrong just to protect his own reputation. But I’m glad that we get to see the other side of Jack as the story unfolds. He wants to seek redemption of all the things that he had done before and he wants to be forgiven because he know he’s not perfect.
The thing that I like the most in this book is the message itself. YOU ARE WANTED. That’s the message of this book, and I adore it. Even though you think that everybody doesn’t like you or you think that they hate everything that you do, there will always be a person who will love you and accept you for who you are. Don’t ever think that you are not wanted, because YOU ARE. If there are people who don’t like you, it’s okay. You’re not born to please everybody. But if you think that there’s no person who loves you, don’t be hopeless. This person will come at the right time.
This is such an inspiring read and I would like to thank Jennifer Niven for that. Thank you Jennifer for writing a book that is filled with hope and with a message that everyone matters so don’t think what other people will say about you that is negative.
This is my first time reading her book and I can’t wait to read her other novels.
I recommend this book to everyone!!
“It’s about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they’re walking towards you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.”
“We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one.”
“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”
“I’ve always thought you should be able to freeze time. This way you could hit the Pause button at a really good point in your life so that nothing changes”
“YOU ARE WANTED. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself.”
Also, don’t forget to check out the reviews of the other participants for this blog tour:
- JM’s review (From Book Freak Revelations)
- Jasmine’s review (From Jasmine Pearl Reads)
- Bianca’s review (From The Ultimate Fangirl)
- Mark’s review (From Bong Bong Books)
- Eriele’s review (From This Is Not Your Book Blog)
- Fay’s review (From Bibliophile Soprano)
- Nicka’s review (From Read by Nicka)
- Elena’s review (From The Queen Reads)
- Nikka’s review (From Adventures of Nikka)
About The Author
In 2000, I started writing full-time, and I haven’t stopped… I’ve written nine books (#9 will be out Oct 4, 2016), and when I’m not working on the tenth, I’m writing the screenplay for All the Bright Places, contributing to my web magazine, Germ (www.germmagazine.com), thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. I am always writing.