An Advance Reader’s Copy was lent to us by our host, JM from Book Freak Revelations in exchange for an honest review of the book. Thank you!
Published: October 4, 2016
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’ll give a nonspoiler review as much as I can because I want everyone to read it. Holding Up the Universe is basically a book about a girl that was so huge she had to be craned out of her house and a boy who doesn’t know anyone, even himself. Both of them wants to belong and be loved despite these things and they have different ways of achieving that. And sometimes those things they would do could hurt other people. This book shows the readers on why everybody deserves to be loved. Never judge. Never bully anyone. I may be a little bit bias here because I may not be as big as our protagonist but I have had same experiences that she had and I tell you even if I am the most confident girl you will ever meet, sometimes I just want to shrink in a corner and stay there. This book makes me realize that I do not have to do that. And I want you to realize that too. So go pick this little piece of love in a book and read it for you and for everyone else that you might see around you. Highly recommended!
Giving this 4/5 stars. She definitely made it up to me this time. Keep it up. 👏