Jennifer Niven: Holding Up the Universe



T the same bed I spent twenty four hours a day on back when I couldn t leave the house but a new one we bought after I lost some weight Jack was just a straight up annoying douche and the only thing I liked about this ntire book is that he told his little brother that it s okay if he takes a purse to school because he can do whatever he wants I appreciate that I think Jack says it best when he describes himself by saying he really looks like an asshole I agree Jack I agree But then a few chapters later he says that the song Sexy Back is something that should be played when he walks somewhere For the love of God please shut up Jack Also Modern South Asia every other character in this story like in All the Bright Places offers absolutely nothing to the storyline and they only add to that awful stereotype thatveryone in high school is an asshole and the world is against me because Picture Theory everyone hates me in school A major problem I have with this authors work in general is that the characters are incredibly one dimensional Hell I think it d be too complex for them toven have a favourite colour that s how much depth they have Like in All the Bright Places these characters are only their physical traits or illnesses and that is Ancestral Voices extremely harmful I know that these things can be all consuming but there s a HUGE difference between it being all consuming and it being yourntire personality and storyIf you ignore all of the above problems this book is still crappy It s just a badly written love story where 2 characters act like idiots and then fall in love despite there being no chemistry Also don t forget that Jack can t recognise anyone s face Ever BUT DON T WORRY BECAUSE AT LEAST HE CAN RECOGNISE LIBBY I mean isn t that just an amazing loophole I honestly am not And Bid Him Sing entirely sure if that is a legit thing that could happen I tried googling it but I couldn t find anything decent about whether there are actually loopholes Never forget guys love can cureverything including mental illnesses obesity and MOST IMPORTANTLY RANDOM BRAIN ILLNESSES THAT MAKE YOU FORGET EVERYONES FACE Just fall in love and you re fixed These are not the type of books we need in our lives and I would not recommend this book to anyone ah yes so here we are again the classic case of i can appreciate this book for the story that it is but it definitely didnt live up to its potential and i wonder if thats mainly my own fault and not the books all the bright places is one my favourite novels Aristotle Detective (Aristotle ever itsmotionally compelling lovingly tender and naturally raw Bones, Clones, and Biomes everything this book is not so is it fair to judge a different book by the same author when you know they are capable of doing betteri mean i really like the idea of the story and how wholesome it could have been i think diverse representation is something that can always be appreciated but instead of seeing libby as this strong woman i saw a whiny brat and the connection between her and jack didnt feel convincing to me it was just a lot of superficial high school drama maybe im getting too old but i know jennifer niven is capable of writing honest and relatable teen characters so im not sure why this particular story didnt uite meet the mark for me 3 stars Maybe no boy will love me or want to touch mever Bringing the Empire Home even in a dark roomven after an apocalypse when all the skinny girls have been wiped off the arth by some horrible plague Maybe one day I can be thinner than I am now and have a boyfriend who loves me but I ll still be a liar I was going to give this book two stars because honestly it started well It was compelling and didn t seem as offensive as the blurb had been but the I think about it the that doesn t seem to be nough of an Building the Cold War excuse for the book as a whole Yet another book that insensitively uses its characters to create an angsty romanceIf anything I feel secure in my assessment of All the Bright Places after reading this book I got the impression in AtBP that the author was using suicide as a vehicle for romantic angst and I received a lot of backlash for writing that review But this just seems to confirm it I feel like Niven has given very little thought to what it means to portray an obese character and a character with a cognitive disorder I feel like little thought has been given to any readers who might relate to these characters I can t help but imagine the author sitting there and simply thinking how can I make this romance super angstyI don t necessarily care that Libby Strout Libby as in Lb and Strout as in Stout was called America s Fattest Teen or that a major plot point is a game called Fat Girl Rodeo These things are gross and offensive but showing the horribleffects of labels and cruel bullying does not seem like a bad thing to me No the bigger problem is that this book actually isn t about bullying or fat shaming or living with mental illness it s about high school love That s it The rest is just window dressingThe author throws together two teens who are solely characterized by their weight and prosopagnosia the inability to recognize faces and despite having zero chemistry they fall in lurrrve They are defined by these singular differences ie being the fat girl and being unable to recognize anyone never once feeling like human beingsI m sure some readers will see the decision to have such different protagonists as an indication of depth but I truly feel like this is a very shallow book Stereotypes and cliches abound Dress it up however you want but this book is about an unpopular girl who sees herself as unattractive and a popular good looking guy who comes to see how said girl is so much better than all those hot Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) evil cheerleaders he s been dating His hotvil girlfriend constantly fat shames and bullies Libby obviously because we all know pretty popular girls are mean shallow and have no feelingsAlso and this is way offensive to me than the blurb was Libby s journey to self love seems to Counter-Amores entirely revolve around finding a guy who will actually like her I was hoping this would be addressed as the novel wore on but the small rushed steps toward it at thend were dissatisfying Somewhere in this school could be a boy I fall in love with One of these fine young men might be the one who at long last claims my heart and my body I m looking at all the boys going by It could be that guy or maybe this one Or she could learn to love herself without a guy Also what teenager says fine young menThe pacing also slows down as the story moves forward I remember feeling at one point like the book should be coming to an Dancing at Armageddon end and yet there were almost another hundred pages to go You knew the characters had feelings for one another you knew they were going tond up together but the narrative was dawdling Then there s my disbelief that Jack has managed to hide face blindness from his family for years That seems impossible to me but I guess this book never was about the reality of the issues it offered up And finally nauseating prose like this The way I feel when I m with her Like I just swallowed the sun and it s shooting out of Double Jeopardy every poreAnd Libby syes They are like lying in the grass under the sky on a summer day You re blinded by the sun but you can feel the ground beneath you so as much as you think you could go flying off you know you won tThere s not a single guy in the world who could tell me I make them feel like they swallowed the sun and it s shootin. Owing 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 fo.

Welcome to the internet in the year 2016 Where a simple book blurb broke the internet for a few days A teenage girl who was rescued from her house because her weight kept her a prisoner Then through in a statement about how she is returning to high school akathe real world after being homeschooled I KNOW Let s all run and one star and bash the book Not And all you guys thought I was the biggest bully on here didn t you Because I had for once stopped to think about what the book meantand it made me drool all over myselfI didn t jump on the bandwagon I wanted the book Composition and Literature even Because I ve been a bit on the fat side many times in my life I lose some weight and then I gain some weight Big dang deal I can say that now I couldn t when I was this character s age I home school my kid AND YES sometimes we talk about him joining the real world again Does that mean he is socially awkward Hell noThis book is something that if I had it in high school I would have highlightedver stinking line of it It would have became my Shelby bible of how to deal with all the assholes that dwell in high school and real lifeThese charactersLibby Stout she is the girl that was taken from her house By a crane Because her mom had died suddenly and she could not cope Food became her crutch her dad didn t know how to deal with it and triedhe did try But when someone is bent on self destruction sometimes that path can t be detoured She does finally reach that point when the crane is brought out that her dad knows that help is needed He wants to save his daughter He gets her helpThen comes to the point in the story where she is going back to school She has lost some weight she is still overweight by public opinion BUT this girl totally knows who she isFor Cezanne and Provence exampleon the first day back at schoolHey he saysHeyIs it true fat girls give better blow jobsI don t know I ve never gotten a blow job from a fat girlJack Masselin This kid hides the fact that he recognizes no one s face Notven his own family He once screamed that his mom was kidnapping him because she had gotten a haircut and he didn t have the familiar markers to place her in his mindHe plays the cool guy at school but he lives in fear that someone will discover his secret Then they Dark Voices end up in group counseling together This is not a boy rescue the fat girl story This is a story of two people realizing whoxactly they areand owning itPeople are shitty for a lot of reasons Sometimes they re just shitty people Sometimes people have been shitty to them and Contested Reproduction even though they don t realize it they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way Sometimes they re shitty because they re afraid Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them So it s like self defensive shittinessBooks like this arexactly why I read young adultJennifer Nevin I hope you pat yourself on the back And the haters This was Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) eual parts special and frustrating for me But definitelymphasis on the special There were moments when my Vulcan soul FAILED ME COM 4 stars Holding Up the Universe was an interesting and moving read with complex characters and a uniue storyline I listened the the aud 05052016 WE HAVE A COVER 3UPDATEMy reaction to Creating Country Music everyone saying this book is offensive At first I wasn t going to say anything but then the comments and review updates on here and Twitter started to really hit a nerve with me So HERE WE GO Toveryone saying that this booksynopsis is offensive how about we stop and take a moment to consider the fact that A Maybe she didn t write the synopsis B Maybe it s how the character feels about herself C Maybe just maybe this is someone s story who wants to share it with Blacklands everyone or D ALL OF THE ABOVE Everyone is so uick to point and blame Jennifer Niven for being offensive for romanizing mental illness for not understanding fatness How about YOU consider the fact that YOU are takingverything out of context or that YOU are making this into something it s not In no way shape or form is Jennifer Niven trying to discriminate against being fat or implying that your not human THIS IS HOW THE CHARACTER FEELS But you know what if you don t want to read this fine DON T READ IT But don t you dare make others feel uncomfortable or put them down because they actually want to READ THE BOOK FIRST BEFORE JUDGING IT because WE actually have the decency to not be biased and go into a book with an open mind instead of making assumptions I m done GUYS She has another book coming out EEEKKI have a feeling Holding Up the Universe will break my heart just like ATBP did oO OMG NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW I NEED IT 3 Please Me waiting for October 4th 2016 TIME FOR THE ROAST I read All the Bright Places last year and Evolutionary Patterns ended up dnfing it because I had huge problems with basicallyvery aspect of it I m actually really proud of myself for finishing this Evolution As Entropy even though I did skim read the last 25% of it Honestly when this book first came out I saw the authors name and instantly avoided this book However after seeing a lot of people give it 5 stars despite all of the problematic aspects I had seen I decided to pick this book up for the roastHonestly you can read the blurb and be offended I sure was The blurb is a joke just like the rest of the book I m honestly so sick of contemporaries in the present day that are just based around putting 2 characters in the worst possible situation and then forcing them to fall in love I say forcing because there is 0 chemistry between these characters I swear some authors just have a big long list of mental illnesses diseases or unfortunate scenarios that they scroll down andeny meeny miny moe which ones they will choose Dead parent for you random illness for you a bit of anxiety on the side as well as Forging Gay Identities extreme obesity and we ve got our perfect story Everyone will definitely love it I strongly uestion the motives behind writing a novel such as this oneI m trying to decide whether I hate Libby or Jack I think it must be Libby because dammit she s annoying as all hell I actually sent my friends 14 different video rants and then another couple text rants about how annoying this bitch is In case you forgot I don t think you could possibly forget because she mentions itvery single sentence Libby was once the World s Fattest Teen and she s still obese but she has lost a bit of weight My main problem with her is that she really does not want to be known as the fat girl any but she s CONSTANTLY talking about it Her ntire inner monologue is just about her weight and omfg it was so infuriating Also when she becomes friends with another fat girl she legit says she talks about her weight a lot You re telling me that this bitch who constantly talks about being fat is complaining that her other fat friend talks about her weight a lot What on Earth is this bullshit Also let s not forget that on her first day of school she walked in and said this to herself Somewhere in this school could be a boy I fall in love with One of these fine young men might be the one who at long last claims my heart and my body I am the Pauline Potter of Martin Van Buren High School I am going to sex the rest of this weight right off me Let s also not forget that when she describes her bed she has to clarify that this is NOT the bed she had when she was trapped in her house because she was so fat I lie on my bed no. 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 Foll.

G out of very pore without me bursting into hysterical laughter But let s be honest that s the least of this book s problemsBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store You know I don t care what anyone thinks I just loved the hell out of this book I happy cried so many times in this book And there will probably be some SPOILERS I don t know my feels right now are out of control This review is going to be all over the place because I m crazy and that s just the way it is I love Libby so much In this book she has so much courage Even when she was low and things hurt her she had courage like no one I know Those hateful horrible kids said some of the most horrible things to her I just can t fathom My name is Libby Strout You ve probably heard of me You ve probably watched the video of me being rescued from my own house At last count 6345981 people have watched it so there s a good chance you re one of them Three years ago I was American s Fattest Teen I weighed 653 pounds at my heaviest which means I was approximately 500 pounds overweight I haven t always been fat The short version of the story is that my mom died and I got fat but somehow I m still here This is no way my father s fault Two months after I was rescued we moved to a different neighborhood on the other side of town These days I can leave the house on my own I ve lost 302 pounds The size of two Fiche Blian ag Fás entire people I have around 190 left to go and I m fine with that I like who I am For one thing I can run now And ride in the car And buy clothes at the mall instead of special ordering them And I can twirl Aside from no longer being afraid of organ failure that may be the best thing about now versus then Tomorrow is my first day of school since fifth grade My new title will be high school junior which let s face it sounds a lot better than America s Fattest Teen But it s hard to be anything but TERRIFIED OUT OF MY SKULL I wait for the panic attack to come And of course we all know when she gets to school the jerkholes start bullying her I hate them so much I could just scream But Libby is a force of nature She don t take too much shite from anyone She ignores it or in case of boys she just knocks them on their arse She my hero This is the way she meets the other main character Jack I love him too I will get to him in a minute He s going to do something to Libby that is a horrible prank for the big girls He puts a note in her bag before talking about it and apologizing but he gets what he deserves I m lying on the cafeteria floor and the girl is standing over me My jaw feels knocked loose it s over somewhere in Ohio I give it a rub to make sure it s still attached and my hand comes away covered in blood I say What the hell My words are garbled Jesus I think she broke my voice box Why did you punch me WHY DID YOU GRAB MEMyyes go to her backpack to the letter sticking out of the pocket I just managed to shove it into I want to say You ll understand later but I can t speak because I m wiping the blood from my mouth Jack is popular dude at the school but he has a big problem He has prosopagnosia PROSOPAGNOSIA 1 An inability to recognize the faces of familiar people typically as a result of damage to the brain 2 when Esteem Enlivened by Desire everyone is a stranger Jack has figured this out for himself by research He has never told his family or friends He gets away with it by other means You can read the book and find out When Libby was little she lived across the street from three boys and I loved it because she called them Sam Dean and Cas She loved the show Supernatural too They were her only friends well friends in her head Until that day she was taken from her home by crane and moved away The story goes back and forth to things that happened in the past to the present And it wasn t confusing at all I m surprised because I get confusedasy It turns out that Libby and Jack are pushed together by being in a group after school for being bad Then they start to get to know Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith each other and it s so fun and it s so wonderful They helpach other And yeah some sad stuff happens but it all works out in the nd And let me tell you there is one part where Libby stands up to the whole school in such a way that I cried my yes out I wish I could add the They Shall Be One Flesh excerpt like the other ones but it s one you should read for yourself I just love her Did I say that already This book makes me feel sad mad and good Libby makes me feel good for so many reasons and that snough for me I will read this many times and get some inspiration from Libby I wish I had a friend like her The saddest part is I almost didn t read this book because of so many negative reviews It does have a lot of good reviews but now I don t care what people think I read what I want and I m glad I found a gem that works for ME I got this print book through the BloggingForBooks ProgramMY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List REREAD I fell in love with this book allll over again I adore Libby I adore what she stands for I love what this book stands for The hope it instills How personal it is to the author and how appreciative I am that she shared her story with us I m rooting for this book I m rooting for myself I m rooting for all the readers who have The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning ever felt less than As Libby would say about herself I am magic and so as are you Initial reviewI m sure a lot of you will remember the ton of backlash this book received when the blurb was revealed I mean let s not get into that aspect of people having the audacity to judge and write off a book when they haven t read a single page of it It s aggravating to the coreSo having read the book yes there is a lot of fat shaming that s mentioned throughout the book Fat shaming that the main character has to deal with ie the bullying she goes through because of her weight But also the main character fat shaming herself because of her insecurity as a direct result of the bullies and other factors I personally don t see how this is a problem to bring to light this sort of issue Yes it was slightly uncomfortable to read at times making it real and raw But we ask for diverse and complex bookscharacters then moan when a controversial topic is raised This isxactly the kind of realistic bullshit some people unfortunately have to deal with as ugly as it may seem As well as the insecurity and the mental health issues that come alongside it I don t understand how it was ven assumed that the author was ridiculing people who deal with weight and mental health problems If perhaps they d waited a little longer for some clarification and did their research they d have known that this topic is uite personal to the author But that s not all that the book is about Yes the character struggles with her weight she s insecure to an xtent but she s absolutely fuckin strong She s almost sure about who she is As sure as a teenager can be She refuses to let her weight define her stand in her way of her dreams and fights the fuck back against anyone that dares to ridicule her And she s happy dammit This Under One Sky element is what made the book for me She was headstrong to begin with because she made herself be so Though there are romantic aspects her problems didn t magically disappear because there was a guy in her life But she refused to hide her true self Because of this I feel that this book Edit Looks like they updated the synopsis I hope this book is less offensive than the synopsis. R new friends for love and forvery 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?.

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Jennifer Niven is the Emmy Award winning #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of ten books including All the Bright Places and Holding up the Universe Her books have been translated in over 75 languages and All the Bright Places has won literary awards around the world including the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2015 It was named a Best Book of the Y