Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Frances is in 7th grade. She enjoys Nordic skiing and plays soccer in the summer, spring and fall. She also loves writing, reading and spending time outside.
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is a fictional romance novel. It follows the story of Jack Masselin, a 17-year-old boy diagnosed with prosopagnosia, which is a disease hindering the person’s ability to recognize faces. It is also the story of Libby Strout, a headstrong 16-year-old girl. Libby was given the title “World’s Fattest Teen” because after the death of her mom she plunged into a food-eating frenzy. During the story Libby and Jack discover they have much more in common than they thought. Their new found common ground brings them closer together and they are brought into an unexpected relationship.
Both characters must struggle dealing with their own, complicated personal lives. While each of them tries to grasp the concept of growing up, a new tension arises between the two changing their thoughts toward themselves and toward other people. Throughout the book Jack and Libby each take turns describing their accounts of the story. The novel not only changes perspectives of characters, but also switches between the past and the present. This book is perfect if you’re looking for something to keep you entertained. It offers a little bit of everything, humor, action, and much, much more!