Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven
5
Oct 6, 2021

“You are wanted. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself.”

Once famous for being “America’s Fattest Teen,” Libby Strout becomes the laughingstock of her high school. Struggling to get by, she unwantedly encounters Jack Masselin, getting them both tangled up in a mess of misunderstandings. However, when Jack uncovers to her that he has prosopagnosia, a condition in which he cannot recognize people’s faces, they are able to connect through embracing each other’s imperfections while also embracing their own.

Unexpectedly, I quite enjoyed this book. It is a romance novel, but it also talks heavily about self-love and being able to accept ourselves for who we are. It was heartwarming to see Libby and Jack both grow throughout the book, and even when I couldn’t understand them, I was often able to put myself in their shoes. I would recommend this book to people of all ages (especially teens) as it is inspiring and has a great message behind it.

Written by
Hannah K.

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