Holding up the Universe

Holding up the Universe

Book - 2016
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"A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love"--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780385755924
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,22 cm.

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“If you're not careful, you're going to run into someone angrier than you.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“Everyone in my life is a stranger, and that includes me.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“You might not want to burn your bridges when you're standing on an island.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“I want you to know I'm rooting for you.' Sometimes we need to hear that, even from a stranger.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“We can't fight another person's battle, no matter how much we want to.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“We don't ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

“We're all weird and damaged in our own way. You're not the only one.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

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Juli_246
Mar 14, 2021

“You might not want to burn your bridges when you're standing on an island.”

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Somanybooks11
Apr 14, 2021

This book was a page-turner, I couldn't put it down. The story is something that millions of people can relate too.

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trhannah01
Dec 14, 2020

I thought this book was okay. It was a little slow at times and could also be pretty cheesy. I also found it a little unrealistic and the supporting characters were shallow. However, it had a nice self-love message.

ChristchurchTeens Jun 18, 2020

A love story about seeing people for who they really are. Libby was once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen" and Jack has face-blindness which means he cannot recognise anyone, even his own family. When a cruel high school game throws them together, at first they're both angry, but then things between them start to change...

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creativegirly123
Apr 01, 2020

"Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours." Holding up the universe. What i love about holding up the universe is that it isn't clichè. Well the plot is that there is this beautiful fat girl and a boy who is diagnosed with prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces. When their paths crossed, they felt a strong connection through each other because they understand each other. The thing that made it unique is that, unlike other books that involved a fat or ugly protagonist, Libby (the fat girl) doesn't change herself just because she was descriminated or that she was loved by Jack (the boy with prosopagnosia) she accepted herself and loved her imperfections. This is quite actually an eye opener for us to embrace our flaws. I hope u find time reading this book, it truly is inspiring. A book similar to this one is Girl in Pieces.

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KatG1983
Sep 17, 2019

I would agree with the commenter below me that Holding up the Universe is not as good as the author's other novel, All the Bright Places (which had me ugly, snotty crying). Universe is decent and well written, but wasn't entirely for me.

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KMJ_
Jan 01, 2019

While not as good as All the Bright Places, this book follows a similar path of two very different people finding common ground. Libby had to be rescued from her house three years earlier, and became known as the World's fattest teen. Jack has undiagnosed prosopagnosia, which means he can't recognize faces, even of those closest to him. There are a lot of things in this book that are way over the top, but it does a good job of showing what different people have in common and how insecurities affect everyone. I don't know how realistic this book's version of prosopagnosia is because Jack seems to lack any coping mechanisms. The random references to the show Supernatural are entertaining if you're a fan of that show like me.

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haleythetaco
Nov 06, 2018

This book is one of the best things that has every happened to me! I absolutely LOVE it and I highly recommend it! This book is extremely depressing at times, but the main characters help each other through their problems. I cannot express how much I love this book!

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MiaRLunares
Aug 13, 2018

This book was amazing. I could not put it down for the life of me, I read it all in one sitting. The love story is great!

KHCPL_Tree Nov 05, 2017

Enter Libby Strout once known as “America’s Fattest Teen”, and Jack Masselin, swoony popular high school stud, and throw them into Breakfast Club-esque detention sessions after a beat down from a bad attempt at a horrible prank and you have Holding Up the Universe. These two unlikely characters are thrown together and find that they can confide their troubles and secrets with EACH OTHER….and they are heavy burdens upon their teen shoulders. Libby suffers from extreme grief that caused her massive life-altering weight gain but she is on the road to recovery and is refreshingly confident amid high school ridicule. She doesn’t know that Jack witnessed her most embarrassing moment and that he really didn’t want to hurt her with his prank. Jack suffers from an extreme from a Face Blindness and has worked out a system so that no one ever knows until he mistaking kisses the wrong girl. It gets harder for him to hide his condition while learning more family secrets, the burden keeps growing. But with the help of Libby and their intense attraction the weight of the universe becomes shared.
This book is set in Indiana, it’s a well written and realistic tale of teens trying to navigate the world as best they can while finding out that sometimes it’s best to not shoulder the burdens of the world alone. It has a dual POV that shows there is more to another person that what you are shown. High School antics such as mild violence, language, sex, drugs, and alcohol are mentioned and experienced but are not the heart of the story.

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amylee290
Aug 12, 2017

A tad slow paced, but overall, good read.

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