I really enjoyed this book. After reading All the Bright Places I was a little bit nervous that something horrendous was going to happen at the end! But luckily Jennifer finished it perfectly.
Holding up the universe focuses on two main characters. The first is Libby Strout who was once cut of her house and dubbed America’s fattest team. The second is Jack Masselin one of the popular guys who suffers from prosopagnosia, face blindness. He cannot recognise faces.
Libby is returning to school after some intensive counselling and weight loss eager to start her life again. Jack swaggers through school using his arrogance to cover up his secret. That he cannot recognise any one.
The two are thrown together after Jack pulls a cruel prank on Libby and she punches him in the face. Jack starts to realise that Libby may be the only who understands him. As he starts to open up Libby she starts to develop feelings for him.
But it is big step for Jack to walk away from the safe bubble he has created. He tries to hide his problem from his friends and family. His father is recovering from cancer and is having an affair with a teacher at his school. Libby is coming to terms with the fact that her eating disorder is linked to the sudden death of her mother.
As they get closer they both address issues in their life.
This is a wonderful novel. The characters are relatable and likeable. Despite everything you are rooting for the two of them. It addresses some important issues of grief, honesty, prosopagnosia, eating disorders and love.
A thoroughly good read and one I recommend for your summer reading list!
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