Hello, again, World!
Today I’m reviewing the fantastic novel by Jennifer Niven, “Holding Up The Universe” I finished this wonderfully honest book just one month ago and I have really enjoyed reading it. It’s all about two young adults finding themselves. A young man, Jack, suffers from prosopagnosia and his chorus leads like this: “Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too – sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs.
Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.”
His character can really touch you in a way you don’t think book characters can. He has is honest ways and speaks his mind a lot, but in that you find someone else – a scared teen not knowing what to do.
Then there’s Libby ‘America’s Fattest Teen’ whose character, as described by Jennifer, leads on the blurb like this: “Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no-one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school.
I want to be the girl who can do anything”
Her strong, empowering character branches out to our emotions. She has a passion for dance – which she will only pursue to tell the people, that fat people can do things too.
This book blew me away. It’s a story like a life, not all happy endings, it leaves you on a cliff, falling for what happens next.
And it couldn’t be more honest.
I have no idea how to end this review, because this book is like Titanic, it’s tragic, but wonderful.
I’ll leave you to read ‘Holding Up the Universe’ for yourself – you’ll be devoured in tragedy, and I don’t tell lies.
Have a happy week!
QOTW: ‘The sky really isn’t the limit – reach for the stars.’ – Me, Kitty Jade