Holding Up The Universe, by Jennifer Niven
Libby Strout was once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen” and Jack has a disorder where he can’t recognise faces. They both have difficult histories and secrets and everyone thinks they know them.
Jack and Libby then meet and they get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in counselling and community service. Initially they both feel the victims, but then as they spend more time together they are both surprised at how they don’t feel so alone.
“Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours”.
This is a real, honest and confronting story about 2 complex characters that have been labelled and ostracised from their peers, who ultimately find friendship and love.
Review by Jenny
“Jennifer Niven is the author of two narrative non-fiction books, The Ice Master and Ada Blackjack; a high school memoir,The Aqua Net Diaries; and four historical novels for adults- Velva Jean Learns to Drive(based on her Emmy Award-winning film of the same name), Velva Jean Learns to Fly, Becoming Clementine, and the forthcoming American Blonde. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles and you can learn more about her at www.jenniferniven.com”