Monday, 17 October 2016

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Books (UK) and NetGalley.
Holding Up the Universe
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holding Up the Universe “Three years ago, I was America’s Fattest Teen. I weighed 653 pounds at my heaviest, which means I was approximately 500 pounds overweight.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who had weight issues, and a boy who was face-blind.

Libby was quite a strong girl in that she managed to deal with the amount of bullying she’d been through, and came out of it the other side able to still face going to school. She didn’t just take what people said, but was actually willing to stand up for herself and punch people when necessary, which I bet a lot of us wish we’d been able to do!
Jack on the other hand was one of the popular kids, and did bow to peer pressure, although I felt sorry for him trying to deal with the fact that he couldn’t recognise faces.

The storyline in this was about Libby returning to school after being named America’s fattest teen, newly slimmed down, and Jack who was trying to deal with the fact that he couldn’t recognise people’s faces. We got quite a slow burning romance as Libby and Jack got to know one another, but the pace was a bit too slow for me, and my interest waned a bit.

The ending to this was pretty happy, if a little predictable.

6 out of 10

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