Holding Up The Universe #21


Yes, it happened. I finally read holding up the universe. I had a massive reading slump last year and have only started reading again in the past month! Although I did pre-order holding up the universe, so I like to think I'm still a dedicated Jennifer Niven fan!

Right so lets get started

pages: 388

"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."

This book hit me, I felt such strong empathy for Libby. I truly admired her too, the whole ordeal she went through with her weight and then dealing with shitty people at a high school. The book shows how cruel high school is and how you're supposed to fit in and not be anything else except what people want to label you as. I loved seeing Libby grow as a character, she started off quiet and quite timid but soon releases she doesn't have to please anyone. YOU DO YOU. Libby has goals, she wants to be in the dance squad, she wants to dance. She decides she's going to do that regardless of the shitty Caroline. Libby finally decides to be who she wants and doesn't care about anything else. She grew so much as a character, I loved her.

Then we have Jack, he's the typical popular one at school although his character was a bit of an arse at the beginning I grew to love him and did feel sorry for him. Jack suffered with face blindness which meant he couldn't ever remember faces or people except Libby. He saw Libby. This was the cutest moment in the book, after their relationship had blossomed and they truly fell in love it finally showed Jack saw libby, not because she was overweight which is why he thought due to her being larger but no. He saw her face, her eyes, her lips. He saw Libby.

Both characters needed one another to grow and to be the people they grew into. Without that we wouldn't of seen Libby become her true self or see Jack become a non douche.

I liked her Jennifer wrote this book, not in a way that made overweight people look bad or turned this into a story where the fat girl gets the popular boy. She wrote it in a way that showed everyone is human, nobody needs to look a certain way to be loved and nobody needs to give someone shit because they don't fit into their expectations. Jennifer wrote this to show everyone that you can do whatever you want, you don't have to be afraid to be yourself. If Libby can do it, so can I.

Yes, I loved this book so much, but what do you expect? All the bright places is still my favourite book and the reason behind my blog. Jennifer Niven, I adore you. 

Love, Beth x

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