Book Review: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven


Title: Holding Up The Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: YA,  Contemporary
Pages: 400
Published  October 4th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4/5


National Bookstore


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.


“I want to thank the publisher, Penguin Random House for sending a review copy of this book, this will not affect nor influence my review.”

First of all before I start talking about this book, I want to thank JM from Book Freak Revelations for hosting this blog tour! When I heard that there’s going to be a blog tour for HUTU I immediately signed up, no regrets!
“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”
One of my favorite quote from this book! WOW just wow, this book is just a perfect example of what life in high school is, especially when you’re a teenager experiencing REAL things in life. Struggling, stressing out over homework and exams, boy problems, identity crisis but there’s one thing we should always have in mind NEVER TO LOSE OURSELVES! YOU ARE WANTED, you are loved, you are special, you are beautiful in your own ways.
I was a bit skeptic about reading this book because of the “issue” about how insensitive the synopsis was, but I didn’t see any problem with this book. Instead of focusing on the negative things that some people said I read this book and guess what? I loved it! I think that WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES when it comes to certain topics that’s being tackled or discussed in a novel and I think that we should respect each other’s opinion and most especially respect and appreciate the effort that the author has exerted in making a novel. Books are made for reading can we all just read and buy more books instead of creating problems about a certain book? Books are made to be loved by everyone.
The story was okay for me, I liked Jack and Libby very much! The characters weren’t annoying that’s a plus for me. I enjoyed my reading experience, the writing style isn’t dull. I might be buying another book by Jennifer Niven soon. I liked the way how she handled the character’s flaws it wasn’t destructive. It made me learn a lot of things by just reading this story. I recommend this to everyone!!


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