From the author of the New York Times best-seller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone - and love someone - for who they truly are.
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 reengineer and rebuild anything in new and badass 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.
Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are - and seeing them right back.
©2016 Jennifer Niven (P)2016 Listening Library
"[Niven] creates two indelible characters and a heart-stopping romance." (Publishers Weekly)
"Written in short chapters of alternating perspectives, this is a thoughtful exploration of identity and self-acceptance, with commentary on overcoming adversities that will hit close to home." (School Library Journal)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Niven follows the movement and offers an obese heroine and a hero with prosopagnosia. In the world of YA, her writing style is engaging as was this book. Her first, All the Bright Places, was amazing. This one is interesting, but lacks the connection between the two main characters. They just started liking each other after a rather traumatizing beginning and I never understood why. Seemed a little forced.
It wasn't horrible, certainly, but I guess I was just expecting more. I knew the ending before the halfway point and the closer it got to the ending the more I felt the author just rushed to finish. The relationship between the main characters felt inauthentic at times, and it took some time to warm up to Jorjeana Marie's (voice of Libby) speech style and cadence. All in all it's a decent read if you're used to Jennifer's writing style and want a simple teen "love story". Definitely won't make my reread list, though.
A beautiful story with a cast full of amazing characters. Even the supporting roles are three dimensional. I wish I could recommend this book to my school-aged kids because it has so much to teach them and is such a good good story, but unfortunately the language is pervasively R-rated.
Narrators were great...felt like they got the reader inside characters heads. and hearts. Interesting to learn about Jack' s neuro disorder /Libby's weight journey and get close to what those worlds would be like. So glad their world's collided!
Definitely!!! Because Libby wants to change the world, and everyone should know the reason why.
All of them! All of the moments in this book are so big, that it's impossible to choose just one as most memorable.
The end scene. But also, I was proud of Libby in her purple bikini scenes.
Oh yes. It made my heart happy, it made it sad, but mostly it made me happy to be alive, and I hope Ms. Niven's message is shouted throughout the universe. It is THAT remarkable.
This book should NOT go unread, and I think every high school should have it on their To Be Read by ALL students list.
We should all write that on ourselves. This is a story of a teenage girl who already knows who she is, a rarity in teens, and how others see her. It's also about a boy who can't see faces and how he realizes that he can see the girl. Powerful and smart story. Thankful that the fat girl doesn't need to lose weight to be better, those stories suck. Fabulous readers.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
I was so interesting to pick this up as it got so much hype across all bookish platform, and I heard a lot of praise about the writing style and the premise was so intriguing .. I never read a book from an over weight person view .. but sadly I was hugely disappointed as the story was so boring .. nothing was really happening and the short chapters made it such an uncomfortable ride for me with this book
I liked Libby's character .. she one of the best protagonists I've read in a while, but I didn't like Jack as much, I feel a little let down but I don't regret reading the book
I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life.
I truly loved All The Bright Places. Sometimes buying a book by the same author is no guarantee you're going to like it. This isn't one of those cases. I loved the tender unfolding of this story. I was hesitant to buy a book about the "world's largest teen," especially after I didn't end up finishing Dumplin', but it really added to the character. I love Libby's spirit. She's not as self-deprecating as Dumplin'.
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book because I'd seen quite a few bad reviews however I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a rather moving story.
the characters were engaging and unique (how many characters have you read about having prosopagnosia?)
I would recommend you give it a go.
I heard mixed reviews so I read it unsure what to expect but it was an excellent read! Highly recommend it
it was amazing and i just wish it went on longer i was in love with the story
This book is written in a way like no other book. The comparison between Libby and jack even though they have their differences they are so alike. I loved his book and the idea and story for is amazing
"cute serious but yet touching"
this is such a sweet story. maybe i identify particularly with Jack because i have actual site issues so I really knew what was being talked about when he talked about not recognising people. its a really serious issue and it's a really sad story but it's also heartwarming and brilliant and I loved it!
"Waste of Time"
Was excited about the release of this book but my god, what a disappointment. The story could have been good but instead comes across as preachy and ill informed. Don't bother.
predictable and boring. pretty pointless really wish I hadn't wasted my time. I really don't know how they get published and hyped.
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