Holding Up The Universe (Book Review)

You are wanted. You are loved.


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 re-engineer and rebuild anything, 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.


AuthorJennifer Niven

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I loved it! If All The Bright Places is being adopted to a movie, I think HUTU will make it too. Gosh. I can already imagine Rebel Wilson as Libby. 😀 I think that Wilson fits as Libby. They both have good sense of humor. I hope someone agrees with me. Lol.

Anyway, what I love the most with this book is the contrast of characteristics and attitudes between the two lead, Libby and Jack. But they do have some in similar.

Libby on one hand is brave, has a great sense of humor, interesting, defensive, smart, awesome perspective, aggressive (very), and the good foundation of friendship.

Jack on the other hand is a coward, has a great sense of humor too, go with the flow, interesting too, defensive too, positive, smart too, great reasoning, jackass with a heart (lol), caring, and he always wants a way out.

In a more general comparison of two:

Libby is a change-maker; the world adjusts to her.

Jack adjusts himself to the world.

They are both inspiring characters. Great plot. The date jumps are OK. Always a good way to reveal the history between two main characters and the secrets in bits and pieces. Relatable, specially Libby. This could’ve been a longer story or novel (I wanted more). I was craving for the closure between Libby and Caroline (even if it’s not necessary), same with Kam and Seth. I had my own reservations with Jack at first. Lol.

I learned so many lessons in family, friendship, and life in general. Mr. Levine (coolest counselor) was such a great help to that.

Overall, this is such a good read. But I kinda still hold All The Bright Places closer to my heart. 🙂 Peace. ❤

Niven, I think, is the sweetest author. Her message to the Filipino readers was really heartwarming. That was so kind of her. 🙂 Much love to the author. ❤

– Marice

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