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New York Times 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 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.

"Niven is adept at creating characters. . . . [Libby's] courage and body-positivity make for a joyful reading experience." --The New York Times

Holding Up the Universe . . . taps into the universal need to be understood. To be wanted. And that’s what makes it such a remarkable read.” —TeenVogue.com, “Why New Book Holding Up the Universe Is the Next The Fault in Our Stars”

"Want a love story that will give you all the feels? . . . You'll seriously melt!" —Seventeen Magazine

Sobre o Autor

Jennifer Niven is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller All the Bright Places. She has also written four novels for adults—American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive—as well as three nonfiction books—The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. She grew up in Indiana and now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles. For more information, visit JenniferNiven.com, GermMagazine.com, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.


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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 3887 KB
  • Número de páginas: 402 páginas
  • Editora: Knopf Books for Young Readers (4 de outubro de 2016)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B01B0K97FM
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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Amazon.com: 4.2 de 5 estrelas 130 avaliações
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 6 de 6 pessoa(s):
3.0 de 5 estrelas Missing the Punch of ATBP 5 de fevereiro de 2017
Por Britt Kay - Publicada na Amazon.com
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3.5 stars

Here's the thing...I liked the book. It was totally fine and somewhat intriguing. It was fast paced and I found myself rooting for the characters, but it just lacked....ooomf....punch....pizazz.

It seems totally unfair to an author to compare their second book to their first, especially of their first was such a mega-hit, but All the Bright Places was such a shot to the gut....I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for that to happen....and it just never did.

Libby is fierce and you root for her, for sure. When she punches Jack in the cafeteria, I uttered a heck yeah! She's been through some deep crap with her mom's death and her unwanted celebrity status, but she's tough and wants what she wants...but I felt like I was on a date and the author couldn't quite close the deal.

I never felt the sexual tension. I never really bonded much with Jack at all. His story is meaningful, but it was messy and I kept hoping for his chapters to go quickly to get back to Libby.

The book was fine. My students will probably like it more than me. But that is all.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 11 de 12 pessoa(s):
5.0 de 5 estrelas A Must Read 11 de outubro de 2016
Por Kendice - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa dura Compra verificada
I picked this book up at ALA without knowing anything about it and have since purchased a finished copy. It was on my shelf among all my other TBRs and I wasn’t rushing to it until I heard the premise behind it and some backlash Niven was receiving. I was drawn to it because I’m plus size, like Libby, and have been in interracial relationships. Let me tell you something…THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

Along the way I heard from a friend that someone had accused the author of creating characters who hated themselves. However, that was not my interpretation at all. Especially when it comes to Libby, America’s formerly fattest teen. I found her attitude and acceptance of her body-past and present-to be very inspirational. I would go as far as to say that she loved herself. THIS IS WHAT PLUS SIZE TEENS NEED TO READ. Despite being targeted by classmates, Libby didn’t let that or her weight hold her back from anything, including trying out for the dance team. A new all-time favorite passage comes from this book where Libby questions some of society’s issues with people being overweight. She says, “And this whole ‘pretty for a fat girl’ thing. I mean, what is that? Why can’t I just be pretty period? I wouldn’t say, ‘Oh, Bailey Bishop, she’s pretty for a Bible thumper.’ I mean, you’re just Bailey. And you’re pretty.”

Her counterpart, Jack, was also a well written and multi-faceted character that the reader can’t help but come to love. This was the highlight of Niven’s writing for me because it’s clear that she extensively researched prosopagnosia and brought to life some of the struggles that people with this disorder are faced with daily. Some of these situations would literally make you stress out just reading about them. I didn’t feel like his attraction to Libby was something that happened only after he “got over” her weight. He honestly seemed to think she was beautiful, weight and all. Perhaps some would say that his focus was on her personality, but I would counter that in the end, compatible personalities are the most important aspect of a successful relationship.

Overall, this book was well-written and comes with many important lessons. I didn’t even touch on the depth or all of the issues. All I can say is that I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas A Sweeter Ending than I Initially Expected 21 de outubro de 2016
Por Sophie Riggsby - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa dura Compra verificada
*Posted on Page Turners on 10/21/16*Libby and Jack. Two more unlikely friends or for that matter, foes. This was a difficult book to read, and I imagine it was difficult to write. Libby is a girl who is famous in her small town for one thing -- her weight. She literally had to be cut out of her own house because of a medical emergency. Jack has prosopagnosia (face blindness), which is an inability to recognize faces. They have so much in common and yet, the don't. Libby's world was her house, Dad, fat camps and trying to cope with her mother's death. Jack's world was dealing with his father's cancer, his father's affair (with Jack's chem teacher) and fitting in with his friends. And then there is his constant struggle to associate features, so he can recognize his friends.

In the midst of their inner and outer struggles, Libby re-enrolls in her high school, hoping that she isn't recognized by her former classmates. Those scenes of awkwardness and worry were written so well. Jennifer captured the inner voice of a teen girl determined to fit in and go through unrecognized and unscathed. But in a cruel twist, Jack's friends decide to play a stupid challenge. And I do mean stupid. It literally brings the two characters together and the plot becomes intertwined in their lives.

Sure, there are some very predictable things that happen, but I still enjoyed them. I haven't read Jennifer's All the Bright Places, but it is on my TBR. I know fans of her writing will enjoy Holding Up the Universe, but so will people who enjoyed books that deal with characters changing their own internal dialogues and learning to be their individual selves. It's a quick read that may take you a sitting or two to finish. I loved how Jennifer brought the loose ends of the plot around into a sweeter ending than I initially expected.
4.0 de 5 estrelas I have to say that I really did enjoy this book 22 de maio de 2017
Por Chels - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
Ok so this review might be a little all over the place so please stick with my while I try and sort out my thoughts on this book. First, I have to say that I really did enjoy this book. I can agree with some people on how parts of the story are problematic, and I'll get to that, but as a whole I was entertained until the very end, and that's what I like to get from my books I read. I didn't think that the couple of problems with this book ruined it at all and I found the story to be cute, which again is something I want from my contemporary reads, and for once I wasn't able to predict everything that was going to happen before it happened.

Now being an overweight person myself, I have to say the way that Libby views herself is beyond relatable. I know that I've seen people that have a problem with how she views herself and about how often she thinks about her weight and the fact that she's supposed to be this force for self love at the same time. But come on, this is how a teenage girls brain works. Even now as an adult that's how my brain works. I go from one day hating everything about the way I look to the next thinking I'm the cutest thing in the world and everyone can just suck it. Maybe because I can put myself in her shoes it makes it easier for me to understand how her brain can work that way, but it's really accurate and spoke to me on a high level.

Oh Jack. I'm not sure where to start with Jack. I have to say even though he has prospoga.....you know what, EVERY TIME I came to this word in the book it took me like 5 minutes to figure out how to pronounce it again, so I'm just not going to use it here. Anyway, even with Jack's neurological disorder I have to say he really is a douchey boy. Granted I felt some sympathy for him but then there were times he'd do or say something and I'd just think "Come on, Really?". But then again I can see that that is how he's supposed to be written and that's probably the reaction we're supposed to have with him.

Let's talk about the insta love for just a second. Sure that's usually a thing that happens with contemporaries, you meet someone and bam you're in love. Granted Libby and Jack knew each other before the insta love happened but you can literally see it suddenly happen where all of a sudden Jack looks different to Libby and he's a dreamy boy. It wasn't so glaring wrong that I wasn't able to move past it, but I do feel that that situation could have been handled a little differently.

Back to Jack's neurological disorder. I still don't fully understand how it all works and how he's able to tell Libby apart from everyone else so easily. It does seem like a Love Cures Everything kind of deal but when I think about it, maybe love could cure prosp.....whatever. Maybe having that connection with someone, a connection so strong that you're not scared to look in to their eyes, can cause something else to fire in the brain that helps remember what their face looks like. So yet again, even though I can see this as being problematic, it still kind of makes sense to me and does add to the story.

All in all this was a very enjoyable read. I loved getting to see Libby make that transition from homeschooled loaner to being more comfortable in her skin and going to a normal high school and trying to make friends and start a relationship. I enjoyed getting to follow Jack and see that maybe the douchey act he puts on is just a front because he has no idea how to act since no one really knows about his problem and he's too scared to really tell anyone. I am a sucker for contemporaries and the fact that this one touched on a couple hard topics made me an even bigger sucker for it. I'd recommend this to pretty much anyone looking for a good and entertaining read.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 5 de 6 pessoa(s):
3.0 de 5 estrelas Started strongly, weak ending 8 de outubro de 2016
Por Pink Amy - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
GRADE: B-

Libby, once nicknamed The Fattest Teenager in America, is two hundred pounds lighter and starting school for the first time in six years determined to have a better experience. Popular Jack is hiding his prosopagnosia, face blindness, from everyone. When a cruel prank lands the two in mandatory after school counseling, they realize they have much more in common than they are different.

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE started strongly. I immediately began rooting for narrators Libby and Jack. Both characters were unique, complex and interesting as were some of the minor characters, though some were tropes. I loved the relationship between Jack and his brothers as well as the girls who befriended Libby. I thought the "mean girls" and guys lacked dimension.

Jennifer Niven has an engaging writing style and voice. At times I thought the message of "we're really all the same" was a bit heavy handed and the symbolism kept smacking me in the face screaming, "I'm here. You see me don't you."

The first 75% of HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE, while a bit predictable, might lead to a 5 star review, but the last quarter was corny, fizzled out and didn't live up to the rest of the story.
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