Holding Up the Universe
- Publish Date: 2016-10-04
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Jennifer Niven
AÂ New York TimesÂ Bestseller
From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someoneâand love someoneâfor who they truly are.
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed âAmericaâs Fattest Teen.â But no oneâs taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her momâs death, sheâs been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libbyâs 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.Â
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, heâs got swagger, but heâs 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 canât recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. Heâs the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he canât understand whatâs going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Donât get too close to anyone.Â
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school gameâwhich lands them in group counseling and community serviceâLibby 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 areâand seeing them right back.
Niven is adept at creating characters. . . . [Libby's] courage and body-positivity make forÂ a joyful reading experience.Â --The New York Times
âHolding Up the Universe . . . taps into the universal need to be understood. To be wanted. And thatâs what makes it such a remarkable read.âÂ âTeenVogue.com, âWhy New Book Holding Up the Universe Is the Next The Fault in Our Starsâ
Want a love story that will give you all the feels? . . . You'll seriously melt! âSeventeen Magazine