Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven was sat on my TBR shelf for a while before I got around to reading it, and I wish that I had read it sooner. This book wasn’t anything special, just a typical YA book, and to me, thats what made it so great. Jennifer Niven doesn’t seem to try super hard to make an AMAZING book, it just worked for this book.
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, she’s the fat girl at school, and it’s so funny to play pranks on the fat girl right? No one has ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mother’s death, she’s been hiding, but now she feels like she is ready to go to high school. She wants to be the girl that can do anything, she doesn’t let her weight define her.
As for Jack Masselin, everyone thinks they know him too. He’s your typical jock, sexy, aloof, ‘too cool for school’ and with a smoking hot girlfriend. However, Jack has a secret that he needs to keep, he acts confident and like his friends so that no one suspects anything, even though he hates the way his friends are. He needs to be charming and funny and not to get too close to anyone.
And then Jack and Libby meet. Their worlds completely chance. Jack finally has someone to talk to about his secret. Libby can finally feel like she’s pretty enough, and that her weight won’t hold her back any longer.
The thing I loved about this book was how different it was to others. I have never read anything like it. I mean, yes, there was that typical boy meets girl and they fall in love and live happily ever after, but everyone loves a bit of cheesy romance right? Without giving any spoilers, all I’m going to say is I imagined the characters to look completely different to how they are described.
I loved this book because it’s a love story about finding that one person who sees you for who you really are, and seeing them right back. (those who have read this will understand that). But this book is completely brilliant, and I am so glad I bought and read this book, and I would highly recommend you to read it too. Therefore, I will give this book 4 stars.