Holding up the Universe

Holding up the Universe

eBook - 2016
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Random House, Inc.
New York Times Bestseller

From 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

Baker & Taylor
"A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love"--

& Taylor

Struggling to pick up the pieces of her life after her mother's death and ostracized by her peers because of her weight, Libby is tangled up in a cruel high school game with a charismatic boy whose disability prevents him from recognizing faces. By the best-selling author of All the Bright Places. Simultaneous eBook.
After years of homeschooling and a surgery that helped her lose hundreds of pounds, Libby enters high school but soon becomes entangled in a cruel game with Jack, a boy whose disability prevents him from recognizing faces.

Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780385755948
Branch Call Number: E-Book TEEN
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Aug 12, 2017

A tad slow paced, but overall, good read.

Jul 24, 2017

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.

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.

JCLEmilyD Jan 31, 2017

This one seems to be getting some buzz so I decide to read it. I didn't regret it!
This is the story of Jack and Libby. Jack is face-blind and Libby was once deemed America's Fattest Teen. Jack is struggling with being his true self and Libby is struggling to get others to accept that her true self is worthy.

JCLMichelleR Jan 31, 2017

This is the book I wanted Dumplin to be! I loved Libby! She's smart, strong, confident and full of life. She has had huge pain and has dealt with and is currently dealing with it. She knows that she deserves to be loved fully, I adore her. Jack, oh Jack. He really is a good person, even if he doesn't believe it yet. I giggled and gasped and was carried away by their story. The only thing that kept this book a 4 star for me was that there were more than a few times that I had to double check who's chapter it was because their inner voices were too similar. Overall a beautiful story and thankfully much less heartache than All the Bright Places!!

Jan 29, 2017

Libby Strout is labeled as the fat girl who couldn't even get out of her house.
Everyone thinks Jack Masselin is the cool guy who knows everyone.
But things on the surface aren't what's really happening. Libby dealed with her emotions after her moms death by eating, but she's lost 200+ pounds and is trying to start over. Jack has a secret that no one knows; he cant recognize a face, not even his own. When these two get caught up in a cruel high school game, they end up in counselling together and bond over the fact that they are both really alone.
Although this book sounded really interesting, I couldn't get into it. Hopefully I'll pick it up and try again later because I’ve liked this author’s other books.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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