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    Description

    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

    Commentaires

    "[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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    • Sophie Beever
    • 01/04/2017

    Decent Story

    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.

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    • Doha
    • 10/12/2016

    Interesting Concept .. annoying story

    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

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    • FanB14
    • 13/11/2016

    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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    • ClassDreamer'84
    • 12/01/2017

    EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS - YOUNG AND OLD

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely!!! Because Libby wants to change the world, and everyone should know the reason why.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Holding Up the Universe?

    All of them! All of the moments in this book are so big, that it's impossible to choose just one as most memorable.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end scene. But also, I was proud of Libby in her purple bikini scenes.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.

    Any additional comments?

    This book should NOT go unread, and I think every high school should have it on their To Be Read by ALL students list.

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    • Julie
    • 12/01/2017

    You are wanted

    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.

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    • Geri Caponigro
    • 26/03/2022

    Good J. Nlven story .

    the story was very enjoyable except for the foul language. I know that's how kids talk today but I'm uncomfortable heart it

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    • Anonymous User
    • 26/02/2022

    Great plus size representation

    I loved this book. The characters are so well rounded. They seem like real people who I can actually relate to. Beautifully written and the performance by the voice actors was spot on. I just wish the ending gave a little more closure. Would definitely read again.

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    • Sienna Flanders
    • 07/10/2021

    Good idea, not good book.

    You know what’s going to happened half an hour into the book and it’s just very cliche. A few quotes from the main character are “what will my story be” and “I’m just quirky and different” very clingy.

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    • R. Matthews
    • 21/07/2021

    Good story

    Story did start to drag on a little and could have been shortened somewhat.

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    • Courtney
    • 15/07/2021

    A shallow exploration of characters with potential

    To preface, I am a fat person.

    If you like fluff without much substance, I think you'll like this book.

    I had high expectations for this book. I was excited for the premise. I was excited to read a story about a young girl who doesn't fit into society's standards of beauty, who was traumatized by public exposure and shaming while she was at her lowest, and finding love and self-acceptance regardless. But that girl doesn't exist.

    Our main character Libby's positivity is so forced. Right from the get-go she is self-assured. Sometimes she brings up how bad her past was. Sometimes she reacts poorly in scenarios where any average person would be embarrassed or uncomfortable. There is hardly any of the "fat experience" in this book. Six hours in and not a single relatable moment from the main character. Her fatness isn't part of her character at all, and that's not a positive thing. Fat people's fatness is a part of who they are. A character like Libby should struggle and overcome in this book. Her characterization is a flat line.

    Our other main, Jack, of course falls for Libby. (Conceptually it's already a little icky that the only person who seems to be attracted to Libby is one that can't recognize faces. Seems a little backwards for a book that is supposed to be empowering.) But there's no build up. There's no insight into how he feels about her body. Is he attracted to her? Is he disgusted by her physically at first but learns that this part of her isn't important? Who knows? He just goes from someone who is aware of her, then suddenly finds himself wanting to kiss her. That's it.

    I tried to be very patient with this book but I opted for a refund after trudging through most of it. This is not an empowering love story. This is fake fat-positivity at its finest.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 20/04/2021

    mediocre

    Liked the idea very much, but found the end a bit underwhelming. Not as good as "All the bright places" from Niven.

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    • Maya
    • 18/07/2019

    A nice story about a strong girl

    I really like the stories different components and that it didnt center around the romance. I think the auther did a good job on showing how hurtful comments about someone's size can be, how important it is to speek up if someone is discriminated against and that no matter how perfect someone's life may seem they still might have some issues they are fighting (in secret).

    Overall it was a nice story that didn't center around the love story. Sometimes I would have wished for a little more variety but I guess the auther's intention was to focus on the body shaming and all its effects, as well as on the face blindness.
    Maby I wouldn't have missed some variety if I would have liked Libby's voice better. Or I'm a little too old.

    The male narrator did a good job. He managed to let Jack appear cool and cocky, he showed Jack's insecurities, his emotions and what a nice guy Jack acutally is.
    The female narrator didn't do Libby justice in my opinion. Libby has insecurities but overall she is an incredibly strong girl. Unfortunately the voice wasn't illustrating her strength. Most of the time she had a faint and insecure voice which often made me forget that Libby is a strong and smart character. The voice would have been better suited for the typical (annoying) love story girl character that is always winig about not being pretty enough and not understanding at all why the "hot" boy would even look at her but not for a girl that has something to tell the world. If she would have had a stronger and more mature voice Libby's character would have had more depth, I think. The depth the author has given her.