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Holding Up the Universe de Jennifer Niven
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Holding Up the Universe (edició 2016)

de Jennifer Niven (Autor)

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"A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love"--
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Títol:Holding Up the Universe
Autors:Jennifer Niven (Autor)
Informació:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2016), 400 pages
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3.5 Not quite the masterpiece that All the Bright Places was, but a very good YA story about the insecurities everyone possesses and the ways they try to hide it. Told in alternating chapters by Libby Strout and Jack Masselin, the book is essentially the story of a school year (junior) and the unlikely events that bring these 2 very different teens together. The time sequence is important too and is clearly labeled, but was a little challenging on a e-reader. Libby was America's Fattest Teen and had to be extracted from her house by construction and a crane when she was 13 years old. She has lost 300 of the 600 pounds she once was and after being home-schooled during that process is returning to public school, specifically junior year of high school. She hopes for a fresh start and has made amazing progress in her self-awareness and self-understanding, and has learned a lot about her weight, her emotional issues and how to cope. Her problems were initially brought on by the sudden, unexpected death of her mother when she was 11 or 12. Now all her health and growth is about to be tested. Week 1 she encounters Jack Masselin, a popular kid whose deviant friends have dared him to play "Fat Girl Rodeo" in which he is supposed to grab her and not let go -- much like riding a bull. Libby decks him and they both end up in the principal's office. Jack reveals to Libby privately that he only took the dare in hopes of preventing his "friends" from doing the same or worse. He also reveals that he has a condition called prosopagnosia, or "face-blindness" in which he cannot recognize people by their facial features or retain memory of them. He has to find other identifiers like size, or hair (he himself wears a big afro) or birthmarks -- his girlfriend Caroline has a fake beauty mark-- and that he has been a great pretender all these years, because not even his family (whom he also cannot recognize) knows this about him. BTW, this is the second YA book to deal with this topic recently -- must be a thing. Jack and Libby and a few other miscreants get thrown together in a Breakfast Club-like scenario to work off their detentions and misbehavior and Jack and Libby become friends and more over time as they try to help each other navigate the awkward, cutthroat world of adolescence. Highlights: road trip to IU to confirm Jack's diagnosis. Libby's manifesto about kindness and acceptance that she delivers in the school hallway while wearing a bikini. Mr. Levine, cool school counselor who runs the after school Conversation Circle (detention). Libby's slam-dunk try-out for the school's dance team -- dancing is her major talent and her salvation. There are requisite mean girls and cocky guys who try to thwart Libby and Jack, but they both gain and retain a sense of themselves, separate and together that helps them become invincible. The overall message is to face the truth and be your truth. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Libby has been struggling with her weight her entire life known as "America's Fattest Teen". She is dealing with the death of her Mother and her grieving Father. She wants a normal life and to be accepted by her peers.

Jack is suffering from a rare condition Prosopagnosia or Face Blindness. He can't recognize people, including family. Due to this he uses humor (to cope) and does not allow anyone to get too close to him. He wants to live a normal life and be accepted as well.

The two form a friendship while facing normal teen problems and trying to overcome their own insecurities. Although the paring of the two would seem off to some, the union of the pair could be exactly what they need to live life to it's fullest.

The story moves at a fast pace with well developed characters and alternating (voice of) Libby and Jack. Both are very likable. I really wanted them to be self confident and find true happiness. Overall I found Holding Up the Universe very enjoyable. With true to life situations and told in a relatable way. I highly recommend to Young Adult and Adult readers as well. A definite five star read. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Aug 28, 2020 |
DNF @ 12%

There are a few different factors that quickly marked this book as "not for me" and while I appreciate the author's attempts at diversification, I don't think I have the patience to listen to another 7.5 hours.

In short, the characters don't grip me and I'm feeling a lot of cliches. I know when you're young, it's easy to feel like 1.) everyone is talking about you/looking at you; and 2.) you are your greatest fault. I guess I just got... exhausted? Even as we're switching POVs, I'm not feeling any connection to the characters. This is the time to set up the world, and I felt like we were so deep in Libby's head talking about her weight and Jack's head talking about his prosopagnosia (inability to recognize faces) that there was nothing *more* to these characters. And while the diversity is good to have, it always troubles me a little to see characters become vehicles for their challenges, to be defined and engulfed by them, rather than be presented as multidimensional beings.

Maybe this resolves itself further into the book, but I don't think I have the patience to find out.

I'm not a big fan of Jennifer Niven's writing style, either. There's nothing wrong with it, just the vehicles used for descriptions felt a little direct for my tastes. There's also a clear plot train heading to a high school romance, which is fine when I like the characters, but sine I was finding both Jack and Libby to be a bit flat, I'm not really motivated to continue through their love story.
  Morteana | Mar 25, 2020 |
[edit] 1.1 stars in retrospect. ( )
  Elizabeth723 | Dec 6, 2019 |
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