Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

First a note regarding the blurb issue:

I know there was a ton of controversy over this book when the blurb came out. As someone with an eating disorder as a teen but labeling someone  “America’s Fattest Teen" is sort of triggering. With that said I think everyone is a little ridiculous to get so offended by a description of a book. Read the book and then make your decision. 

I am unsure of how to do the rating on this one. I feel like its a 4 or maybe 4. I also am going to review this book in a different style than normal.

 Top Three Thoughts On This Book: 

⤍ an excellent contemporary novel with some romantic elements involved. This book can be a bit cheesy at a time but also incredibly adorable. 
⤍ an interesting look at mental illness. Let's just call 2016 the year of YA novels that are dealing with mental health. In this novel, both Libby and Jack have to deal with some sort of mental illness.  Jack has face-blindness also know as prosopagnosia. While Libby suffers from depression. This is a serious book. 

⤍ has a good moral and is moving. It encourages self-acceptance. 

Misconceptions about this novel: 

1.  This book doesn't really fat shame. This book is about a girl and a guy who have decided to accept who and what they are. She is overweight, yes, but the world isn't ending. 

2. It isn't depressing. I keep seeing this everywhere, I found some of the parts to be somber, but I am unsure I would label the entire book as being "depressing." 

3. The book ain't pro-death. I am unsure where the pro-life vs. pro-death debate got started when it comes to this book but here is my take on it all. The book is about moving on past death, grieving and then somehow learning to move on, creating a new form of reality. 

Disclaimer this was kindly provided by the publisher and blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.

Links to purchase:  Amazon and Barnes&Noble 

Goodreads Description: 

New York Times Bestseller

From the author of the New York Times bestseller 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 re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass 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.

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