Book Looks: Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven


Bag | Jeans | Sweater | Earrings | Phone Case | Shoes

Title: Holding Up the Universe (2016)
Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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.

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.

Read the first lines… 

I’m not a shitty person, but I’m about to do a shitty thing. And you will hate me, and some other people will hate me, but I’m going to do it anyway to protect you and also myself.

This will sound like an excuse, but I have something called prosopagnosia, which means I can’t recognize faces, not even the faces of the people I love. Not even my mom. Not even myself.

Imagine walking into a room full of strangers, people who don’t mean anything to you because you don’t know their names or histories. Then imagine going to school or work or, worse, your own home, where you should know everyone, only the people there look like strangers too.


37 thoughts on “Book Looks: Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

  1. This is a great Book Look Reg, I am really into the whole comfy sweaters look now that summer is over in England and it’s going to get colder soon. Also that phone case would be perfect for me, I stress out a lot and people are also telling me to chill out! 😀
    I need to read this book, I’ve seen some good reviews for it already so I’m excited for it to be release. 🙂


  2. I love this, it’s so creative! 😍+ Wow this book sounds interesting I should add it to my ever expanding TBR…. (btw thanks for the follow, lovely)


  3. Ah, I love how comfy this outfit looks (it’s actually similar to my personal style). Omg, I need that phone case! And this books sounds so fabulous, after reading your review and the first couple of lines, I’m definitely adding it to my Goodreads TBR. :3 Lovely post, Reg! ^.^


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