Book Reviews

Holding Up The Universe-Book Review (Non-Spoiler)

Author: Jennifer Niven

Series: A Novel

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “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.” -Summary from Goodreads

Review: This was my first Jennifer Niven book, and it was good. I did not know what I was getting into when reading this novel, which was a good thing for me.

I’m going to talk about the good things first.

I liked how positive Libby was about herself at times. It was nice to see a girl be positive about herself. Another thing I liked was Libby and Jack building each other up and help each other through their problems. It always makes me happy to see two people build each other up. Lastly, I like Jennifer Niven’s writing. She is good at writing character voices, as well as writing Libby’s and Jack’s voices differently.

Now onto what I disliked.

That this book kind of the type of story of the popular boy falling for the not so popular girl. Now I don’t care for those type of contemporary story for some reason. It might be because it has been done before so many times.

Overall, an enjoyable read. It’s worth the read, especially if you like contemporaries.

Have fun reading!!!