Holding up the Universe

Holding up the Universe

Book - 2016
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"A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780385755931
Branch Call Number: TEEN F NIV
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 22 cm


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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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