Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven Review

Happy Sunday Book Lovers,

I’m really excited to talk about today’s book, because I loved it so much. I finished this book last month and I’m finally getting around to talking to you all about it. It was sent to me fore review by the publisher. FYI, in no way does that impact my review. This book is written by Jennifer Niven; who is also the author of All The Bright Places. I unfortunately haven’t read that book and now I must.



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.


I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially teens and fans of contemporary reads. It’s about these two completely different lives of Libby Strout and Jack Masselin. There lives slowly intertwine throughout the book in some ways you couldn’t imagine. One of the things I love about this book is that readers will be able to relate to these characters in some way or another.

Libby is a strong female character that deals with the every day issues teenagers deal with, but with an added layer of problems. I can’t name these, because that would spoil the book for all of you and I don’t want to do that. This is a unique story with a number of complex characters. The author developed these characters very well and they really give you an  idea of the high school experience through the eyes of each character. Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down. This author ignites all the feels and if she did it in this book I can only imagine what she did in All The Bright Places. This story allows us to see where these characters started and ended. The author includes a few flashbacks throughout which really enhances the story.

If you’ve read this book or Jennifer Niven other book I would love to hear what you thought about it. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the blurb of this book which I didn’t mention in this review, but I want to hear your thoughts.

What are you reading today?

As always Happy Reading!!!!


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