BOOK : HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE
AUTHOR : JENNIFER NIVEN
PUBLISHED IN : 2016
GENRE : YOUNG ADULT, ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY
RATING : ★★★★
SOURCE : NETGALLEY , THANK YOU PUBLISHERS.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS :
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.
|A book that opened a world more wider.
If you ever feel like being in the shoes of others and have a sense of their feeling, this book holding up the universe is for you.
It gives two characters facing the world which believes in degrading and disrespecting people around you.
It gives the insight of how troubled people deal with life. The challenges they face.And it somewhere also deals with the thing that with you , your loved ones suffer as well. They go through everything you go through.
Only they don’t see it as clearly as you are seeing it. But they try.Just as Jennifer Niven wrote in her acknowledgment that she wrote it with all her heart , and here I declare we felt with all our heart.
She has given us characters which will stay and motivate us to look beyond.
I don’t know if people felt this way but I found Finch from All the bright places and Jack from Holding up the universe a bit similar.
I gave this book a star less just for a single reason that is because it felt like dragging a bit in the middle. But its first hundred pages and last one fifty pages were touching and profound. They really brought the best in the characters.
I enjoyed the character development in Libby , she really stood out.
I recommend this book to each and every individual out there. You need to read it.