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Holding Up the Universe Audiobook

Holding Up the Universe

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Amber Rae San Francisco, CA 11-14-16
    Amber Rae San Francisco, CA 11-14-16 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Another Great Jennifer Niven Book!"

    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'.

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    FanB14 11-13-16
    FanB14 11-13-16

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "We Need Diverse Books"

    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.

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    Alejandra 11-09-16
    Alejandra 11-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "i love it!!!!!!!"

    i love it, the whole experience and everything. amazing story! its funny, sad, exciting and beyond!

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    "ABSOLUETLY INCREDIBLE STORY LINE"

    the story line was so interesting and it kept me on edge throughout the entire time. The topics were intense but so lovely.

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    "amazing"

    it was amazing and i just wish it went on longer i was in love with the story

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  • Sue
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    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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  • Mullika
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    "Highly recommend!"

    I heard mixed reviews so I read it unsure what to expect but it was an excellent read! Highly recommend it

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  • Claire Wood
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    "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!

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