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Holding Up the Universe
Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someoneand love someonefor who they truly are. Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed Americas Fattest Teen. But no ones taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her moms death, shes been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libbys 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, hes got swagger, but hes 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 cant recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. Hes the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he cant understand whats going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Dont get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school gamewhich lands them in group counseling and community serviceLibby 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 areand seeing them right back. Praise for All the Bright Places: [A] heartbreaking love story about two funny, fragile, and wildly damaged high school kids. Entertainment Weekly A do-not-miss for fans of Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars, and basically anyone who can breathe. Justine Magazine At the hearta big oneof All the Bright Places lies a charming love story about this unlikely and endearing pair of broken teenagers. The New York Times Book Review
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Tahoe
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What a nice, encouraging ans captivating YA book! I liked it very much!

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Tahoe
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I started yesterday on my way to work. Since then I can barely stop reading^^ it's easy, teen- English which fits perfectly the age of the characters. It's also making it effortless to read which is exactly what I need right now :D

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Every girl should know Libby Stout, a girl who figured out how to live boldly and with no boundaries as well as everyone should read about Jack and understand face blindness with it widely reaching effects. This book teaches us to be a little more kind and a little more understanding, to celebrate our differences and embrace who we can become when we stop hiding. One more thing, I love Libby!

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WOW! This book about an unlikely pair was so difficult to put down! I thoroughly enjoyed the overarching theme that you don‘t ever really know what other people are going through. Easy, fun, meaningful read. 5/5 🌟

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Charming YA story in which Jack and Libby each have their own secrets to keep as they navigate high school, but they just can‘t seem to stop thinking about each other.

Read May 16-19
Book 28/55

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natalieebloom
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A great YA pick! I absolutely loved Libby. She could have easily been written as a broody, self-loathing type of teen, but she was the exact opposite of what you might expect. The descriptive language was lovely. I‘m going to put Niven‘s other YA novel, All The Bright Places, on my summer reading list.

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"Life is too short to judge others. It is not our job to tell someone what they feel or who they are. Why not spend some time on yourself instead?"

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lolcanidieyet
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One of the best written books I‘ve read, I enjoyed the plot and the characters with their faults. Only book I‘ve ever cried reading.

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Dawnrod1970
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Absolutely loved this book! Didn‘t want it to end!

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what I know about loss:

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saguarosally
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Just a photo from #litsywalkers today. By the time I shot here, I had been walking around an area for over an hour, right through a district that has suffered from adversity to such a degree that I struggle to see how this could exist in the United States in 2019. Then I saw this and it broke my heart again.

DivineDiana 😢 8mo
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Hi, guys. What‘s your weekend read?
I decided to grab this book by Jennifer Niven because it stayed for so long on my bookshelf. I read her previous book ‘All the Bright Places‘ couple of years ago and I loved it, so I don‘t know why I still haven‘t read this one. I believe I will enjoy it. Fingers crossed.
So what are you going to read this weekend?

BarbaraJean I‘m planning to make some progress in this one: 10mo
Hope_a @BarbaraJean Do you like it? My fantasy-lover friends constantly speak about her and her book, which (according to them) are AMAAAAAAAZING. I haven‘t read anything from her, but consider to do it sometime soon. 10mo
BarbaraJean You know how with some books, from just the first few sections, you can tell you‘re in the hands of a wonderful storyteller? So far it‘s like that! I‘ve heard rave reviews of her for so long—I‘m glad to finally get into one of her books! 10mo
Hope_a @BarbaraJean Cool! Thank you. 🤗 10mo
BarbaraJean 😊You‘re welcome! Happy weekend reading! 10mo
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kellyannprz
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Definitely an enjoyable read, even though some part of me thinks “why do you like it?”😹 It‘s cute, and yet it touches subjects that should be taken into consideration at all times. Also, look at how pleasing the hardcover is without the sleeve!

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Stephaniereads1
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A third of the way thru!!!! #24in48

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Stephaniereads1
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My shelfie. #24in48

Ericalambbrown Cute! 😊 10mo
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kaitlynvazquez3404
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Kaylamburson I adored this book. Welcome to Litsy!!! 11mo
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trazo
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I enjoyed this YA. I love how fierce and resilient Libby is while also being honest about her worries and fears. I love the hits Niven gives of beginning to see vulnerability as a strength. 💙💙💙

vkois88 I loved this one!! 11mo
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trazo
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I really need to catch some zzz 😴 But I am really enjoying this book 📖 ok, 10 more pages no 15 and I will sleep 🌙

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Avis
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I really connected with these characters! The setting and people seemed so real. I like how the chapters weren‘t too long, so it made it easier to read. Great character development. I also like that they chose a disorder that isn‘t as well known.

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Avis
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I am going to blind her with this fucking smile so she won‘t ever be able to see my dad again

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This book was so good. I didn't want to put it down. This book covered so many important topics from grief, cancer, face blindness, and weight issues. I didn't know that you could be face blind and not recognize people that you knew. This author covered all of these topic beautifully! I loved Libby and Jack together. I got the authors other book yesterday and can't wait to start it. Thanks @dariazeoli for sending me this book!

KarynGood Sounds very interesting!!! 12mo
dariazeoli I‘m so glad it was a good book ! (edited) 12mo
LiteraryinLititz Looooooved this one 12mo
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MaggieCarr
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Reread the tagged book for a discussion. So many topics to reflect on: bereavement, weight, cancer, affairs, bullying, uncommon health issues (though mentions 1 in 50 suffer from face blindness), teen drug and alcohol use etc. Double narration added to the alternating storyline- I recommend the audiobook

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

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I haven't finished yet but I absolutely love this book and hate having to put it down! Would recommend :)

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! And check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon to get more connected. There are links to tips for navigating Litsy in the profile. 13mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 13mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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I didn‘t like this book. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I remember enjoying Niven‘s first one, but this is now one of my favorite YAs. The spot on dialogue, the richly developed characters, the way the author revealed things at the perfect time. It all worked for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The picture is from watching the baseball playoffs last night while contemplating my review.

JenReadsAlot My poor Brewers..... 14mo
Robothugs I have yet to read this, but I absolutely loved the tagged book. 14mo
Balibee146 Your gorgeous kitty remains unimpressed 😂🐱😂 14mo
Aseleener @JenReadsAlot I was rooting for the Brewers too. 😥 (I'm a Cardinals fan living in Kenosha. The Brewers are my 2nd fave team.) 14mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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I‘m so excited to be in round 4 of #lmpbc with @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 and @BennettBookworm ! I was starting to think about books to choose, and these 3 came to mind. I‘ll tag them below so you can look up the info easily and give your feedback.

BennettBookworm So excited! I definitely want to read Nine Perfect Strangers so that would be my first choice of the 3 but anything you choose I‘m cool with! 14mo
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Mem_ugh I was just looking for books too! Great minds and all that! Those all look like winners, I‘m drawn to Nine Perfect Strangers or When the Moon Was Ours though 14mo
kstadt929 Nine Perfect Strangers sounds good to me 🙂 14mo
LiteraryinLititz Awesome! So Nine Perfect Strangers will be my book. It comes out on November 6th so that‘s perfect timing. @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @BennettBookworm 14mo
BennettBookworm Stellar! 14mo
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chikin511
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This book makes me sad...and not in the good way.

Read my full review here: https://coupleofreviews.com/2018/09/14/holding-up-the-universe-by-jennifer-niven...

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Let‘s us be okay together, me and you.

Eggs Loved this book 1y
Sarah93 @Eggs I am loving it 😄 1y
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When we need to be understood. When we dare to dream of a possibility. When we hope to be wanted. We choose to take a chance.
Highly recommended!

Eggs Loved this 1y
Nute @Eggs Yeah. Me too! 1y
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I was hesitant to read this book at first because of some of the reviews over on Goodreads. While there were some lines within the book that made me shake my head slightly, they all still managed to make me think about my own personal experience in embracing my own beauty. All in all, great read, well written, and beautiful book.

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hazelaiden
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I love getting new books in the mail. Which one should I read first?

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Lilythereader
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Holding up the universe challenges so many thoughts that so many of us have. It takes every wall you've ever built to protect yourself from bad endings and DESTROYS them. It fills you with hope and regret and love, and makes you hope for even a crumb of the love written in the book, and makes you think that even at the lowest point in your life you can find something that will alter its cource forever.

Bookspirit 👋 Welcome to Litsy and Congrats on becoming a Litten 👏☺ 1y
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Eggs
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Libby and Jack: She lost her mom then couldn't stop eating from sadness. He has face blindness (prosopagnosia). This is their unique YA fictional story, well done.

corycatelyn I liked this one 😊 2y
Eggs @corycatelyn 😊😍 2y
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Kaciecalderon
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Libby is my hero and Jack is someone I‘d like to be best friends with.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Eggs This one is on my tbr! Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 2y
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rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 🎉📚🎉 2y
Tiyas7 Welcome To Litsy 😊 Hope You Enjoy It Here!!! 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
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It took me a few days to process this book, not because it was so deep, tragic or shocking. But because I couldn't quite figure what gave it such a magical feeling. I'm still, not sure, maybe the end or, the characters but it was like not a usual love story with I hate you I love you story line. The characters were real and passionate. It had something to say, the I was right there the whole way through. Thank you the writer. Absolutely recommend

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I got to work in the back today, so I got to listen to A LOT of my audio book. I'm actually really enjoying it. I'm gonna be honest--I didn't think I would!

ReadingRover I felt the same way when I listened to this one. I wasn‘t sure what to expect at first and then I got really into it. My father is a hoarder to some extent. Not to the extreme that hers was but I found myself relating. 2y
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I'm slowly falling in love with the storyline.

"I want you to know I'm rooting for you. Sometimes we need to hear that. Even from a stranger" - Jennifer Niven /HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE/

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BNana
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Loved the book. Heartfelt.

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My haul from the school book fair. Had five more that I put back. I know it's for a good cause, but some are half the price on Amazon. Looks like my son will be getting an Amazon shipment soon!! 😂

corycatelyn I loved the top 2 books 🤗 Enjoy! 2y
Jazruiz.2014 Let me know how you like One of Us is Lying. It‘s on my TBR 2y
gibblr @Jazruiz.2014 I will if I ever get around to it haha #neverendingtbr 2y
Jazruiz.2014 Lol. I know exactly what you mean. This is one of those books. 2y
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BookishlyPleasant
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This was a well-written, cute, fluffy book. Jack and Libby were interesting characters, each with depth and warmth and everything that makes a good character. I do think the premise was a little odd, but Niven made it work. The plot kept my attention, throwing in little bits of drama to keep it interesting

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Starting my book for the letter "N" #ListyAtoZ (I am obviously NOT going in alphabetical order lol.)

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I really enjoyed this book. I love how both Jack and Libby grew throughout the course of the book, and how they each helped each other deal with their problems. This book was filled with fluffy little moments that left butterflies in my stomach, and I absolutely loved how it broke certain stereotypes. It's a must read that anyone would absolutely enjoy.

DebbieGrillo I loved this one too. I was reading it when I was visiting my brother in Richmond, IN. I made him take me to Clara's Pizza King and we sat in the bus! 2y
mmtriemstra @DebbieGrillo Wow that's so cool! I'll have to go there sometime! 2y
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PictureandBook
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Loved A Separate peace which was quoted here in Holding up the Universe. Wonder how that book holds up? Is it just all privilege and angst?

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I love this author and the way she writes. She really created two unique characters with this book and gave the reader a whole lot to think about. This book really shows the struggle of finding out who you are and how you are seen and how to deal with both of these things. It really was a heartfelt and compelling story that was super enjoyable.

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@kaye

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2. Labor Day
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5. Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady
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Kaye ✅good song choice. 👍🏼 2y
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