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A 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.

"Niven is adept at creating characters. . . . [Libby's] courage and body-positivity make for a joyful reading experience." --The New York Times

Holding Up the Universe . . . taps into the universal need to be understood. To be wanted. And that’s what makes it such a remarkable read.—, “Why New Book Holding Up the Universe Is the Next The Fault in Our Stars”

"Want a love story that will give you all the feels? . . . You'll seriously melt!" —Seventeen Magazine
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on October 4, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385755929
ISBN-13: 9780385755924
5 Book Reviews
  • crazyunicorn333
    crazyunicorn333over 3 years55 starsFeatured
    Wow. This book was so moving. It has a great message that everybody has their own problems, and don't judge a book by its cover. I love that Libby and Jack have history even if they don't know it right away. The connection they have even though they are two completely different people is amazing. The book is not the most appropriate because it drops a lot of f bombs and other cusses, and it mentions some mature topics but I LOVED this book. Would recommend.
    • N/Aalmost 4 years
      Is it hard to follow ??!!!
      • dnjrfhrtghuebhd
        dnjrfhrtghuebhdover 4 years
        so cool ps there is a little bite of cusing in that book but yull make it
        • lemonade11
          lemonade11about 5 years
          is looks like a great book, and I shall have to look for it in my Library.
          • piggie832
            piggie832about 5 years
            This book is really amazing. I love connection between Libby and Jack and the really puts you in their shoes.