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Holding Up the Universe von Jennifer Niven
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Holding Up the Universe (2016. Auflage)

von Jennifer Niven (Autor)

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"A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love"--
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Titel:Holding Up the Universe
Autoren:Jennifer Niven (Autor)
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2016), 400 pages
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Holding up the Universe is a great self-acceptance and real-life book. In this book, we have two main characters, Jack and Libby, both with their individual insecurities. Both are victims of a cruel bullying game and meet at group counseling. Through this book, we realize the reality of how everyone has their own insecurities, influenced by different aspect of our lives. Jack, who faces insecurities from a medical condition and Libby who faces self-love and body-acceptance issues. This is a great book to have in your class library or to even assign as a reading for your students if you see bullying or cruel behavior between classmates. ( )
  AlyssaBrowning | Nov 6, 2021 |
A YA Romance Novel. I really enjoyed it. As a big girl who probably has overeaten due to her mom's death - I identified with the main character. As a person who has (most likely) dyslexia - I empathized with Jack and his face blindness (which I did not know was a thing until I read/listened to Bone Gap. I love all the revelations in this book and internal monologues. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Please see full review at www.coffeeandtrainspotting.wordpress.com. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
3.5 Not quite the masterpiece that All the Bright Places was, but a very good YA story about the insecurities everyone possesses and the ways they try to hide it. Told in alternating chapters by Libby Strout and Jack Masselin, the book is essentially the story of a school year (junior) and the unlikely events that bring these 2 very different teens together. The time sequence is important too and is clearly labeled, but was a little challenging on a e-reader. Libby was America's Fattest Teen and had to be extracted from her house by construction and a crane when she was 13 years old. She has lost 300 of the 600 pounds she once was and after being home-schooled during that process is returning to public school, specifically junior year of high school. She hopes for a fresh start and has made amazing progress in her self-awareness and self-understanding, and has learned a lot about her weight, her emotional issues and how to cope. Her problems were initially brought on by the sudden, unexpected death of her mother when she was 11 or 12. Now all her health and growth is about to be tested. Week 1 she encounters Jack Masselin, a popular kid whose deviant friends have dared him to play "Fat Girl Rodeo" in which he is supposed to grab her and not let go -- much like riding a bull. Libby decks him and they both end up in the principal's office. Jack reveals to Libby privately that he only took the dare in hopes of preventing his "friends" from doing the same or worse. He also reveals that he has a condition called prosopagnosia, or "face-blindness" in which he cannot recognize people by their facial features or retain memory of them. He has to find other identifiers like size, or hair (he himself wears a big afro) or birthmarks -- his girlfriend Caroline has a fake beauty mark-- and that he has been a great pretender all these years, because not even his family (whom he also cannot recognize) knows this about him. BTW, this is the second YA book to deal with this topic recently -- must be a thing. Jack and Libby and a few other miscreants get thrown together in a Breakfast Club-like scenario to work off their detentions and misbehavior and Jack and Libby become friends and more over time as they try to help each other navigate the awkward, cutthroat world of adolescence. Highlights: road trip to IU to confirm Jack's diagnosis. Libby's manifesto about kindness and acceptance that she delivers in the school hallway while wearing a bikini. Mr. Levine, cool school counselor who runs the after school Conversation Circle (detention). Libby's slam-dunk try-out for the school's dance team -- dancing is her major talent and her salvation. There are requisite mean girls and cocky guys who try to thwart Libby and Jack, but they both gain and retain a sense of themselves, separate and together that helps them become invincible. The overall message is to face the truth and be your truth. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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Jack ist der Coolste, der Schönste, von allen geliebt und begehrt. Doch er hat ein Geheimnis: Er ist gesichtsblind. Auf Partys fällt es ihm schwer, seine Freundin unter all den anderen Frauen zu erkennen. Für ihn sieht ein Gesicht wie das andere aus. Dass er schon mal einer vollkommen Fremden ein »Hey Baby« ins Ohr raunt, halten alle für Coolness. Doch Jacks ganzes Leben besteht aus Strategien und Lügen, um sein Problem zu vertuschen: Immer cool bleiben, auch wenn er mal die Falsche küsst. Jedes Fettnäpfchen eine Showbühne! Und dann kommt Libby, die in den Augen vieler so unperfekt ist, wie man nur sein kann. Denn Libby ist übergewichtig. Keine Strategie der Welt kann das vertuschen. Libby ist die Einzige, die erkennt, was hinter Jacks ewigem Lächeln steckt. Bei ihr kann Jack zum ersten Mal einfach er selbst sein.
Aber hat einer wie Jack den Mut, zu einer wie Libby zu stehen?
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