Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Title: Holding Up the Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven 
Pages: 400
Genre: Contemporary Teen
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House CA
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Summary (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.


  1. Sounds like an amazing book, I loved All the Bright Places, thanks for sharing this one !!

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  2. OMG I am so highly anticipating this book! I know there's been a lot of controversy about the summary once it was released, and tbh I love a controversial book! I can't wait until this book it released!
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  3. I don't usually like contemporary books, but after reading the blurb for this one I want to read it! It seems the author is tackling issues that so many deal with these days, even more now with social media. Adding to my TBR now. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. I haven't read All the Bright Places, but I am very curious about it. This one sounds wonderful, with some depth. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS”

  5. Oh no. America's fattest teen? So sad. That alone makes me want to read this book and learn more about Libby. I'm already rooting for her! Thanks for sharing this :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    Shane @ Itching for Books


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