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Holding Up the Universe4 stars Holding Up the Universe was an interesting and moving read with complex characters and a uniue storyline I listened the the audio version of this book and once I hit lay I didn t want to stop When I read All the Bright Places earlier this year I had the same feeling of being hooked I m happy to report the author was able to ull this off not once but twice Our story centers around Libby Strout and Jack Masselin Libby is formally America s Fattest Teen She s spent a lot of her young adult life getting healthy and she is nowhere near thin but she s happy with herself She decides to take the lunge stop homeschooling and go to high school Libby is a fantastic character I loved that she s just herself She has a great relationship with her dad and meets some good friends throughout this journey for her She also meets Jack Masselin in a very unconventional way Jack s got it good in high school or so everything thinks He s This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor popular has aretty girlfriend and a lot of friends He s funny charming and cool But he struggles every single moment of every single day See Jack has this secret He can t recognize faces I can t even imagine how that would feel To wake up each morning look at my husband and not recognize his face That s how it is for Jack He knows his brother s hair style and he can tell his other brother by his ears but the system is not flawless Libby is the only one who knows about this and is able to help him He doesn t always deserve her help but that s not the We'll Make It Through point It s just the way Libby is I love her for it Jack and Libby s relationship is complicated at first The way they meet the reason they re spending so much time together Their friendship grew and developed as the storyrogressed I loved them both and I loved that they had each others backs Jack won me over early on just knowing he was rooting for Libby from the very start warmed my heart Even though there were some hard to read moments the story overall was a The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy positive one I felt happy when I finished I give this one 4 stars Because sometimes when you meet someone it changes the world theirs and yours This was eualarts special and frustrating for me But definitely emphasis on the special There were moments when my Vulcan soul FAILED ME COMPLETELY and I turned into a mush of suishy feels FEEEEEEEELS I think Jennifer Niven is a WIZARD OF FEELS STABBING and I love her for it Omg I did love this book I did But there were several things that made me out in a uddle but I ll get to them in a moment PATIENCE GRASSHOPPERAlso this is not as devastatin 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 The Age of Apollyon 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 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 Edit Looks like they updated the synopsis I hope this book is less offensive than the synopsis 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 Howersonal 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 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 book received when the blurb was revealed I mean let not get into that aspect of eople having the audacity to judge and write off a book when they haven t read a single age 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 Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples personally don t see how this is aroblem 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 is exactly the kind of realistic bullshit some eople 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 even assumed that the author was ridiculing eople who deal with weight and mental health The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 problems Iferhaps they d waited a little longer for some clarification and did their research they d have known that this topic is uite ersonal to the author But that s not all that the book is about Yes the character struggles with her weight she s insecure s not all that the book is about Yes the character struggles with her weight she s insecure an extent 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 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 roblems 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 is so empowering A book that those who feel that can relate to Libby can find strength in Though Libby encompasses aspects of her Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific personality that may contradict or clash ie being insecure yet not giving a flying fuck about anyone it s a great message that one can take away You re never fully one or the other anyway This is what Iersonally got from this book I guess like every other book eople will interpret it differently according to their own understanding and worldview And this is mine Initial review Okay wow It s 4am Read this book in less than a day My heart is floating I m dying with feels I was not expecting to love this book so much 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 robably 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 place because I 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 robably heard of me You ve robably watched the video of me being rescued from my own house At last count 6345981 eople 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 ounds at my heaviest which means I was approximately 500 Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde 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 othe. 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R side of town These days I can leave the house on my own I ve lost 302 ounds The size of two entire eople 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 anic 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 The Elephants Journey prank for the big girls Heuts 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 Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' punch me WHY DID YOU GRAB MEMy eyes go to her backpack to the letter sticking out of theocket 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 opular dude at the school but he has a big roblem He has Changing Face of the Hero prosopagnosia PROSOPAGNOSIA 1 An inability to recognize the faces of familiareople typically as a result of damage to the brain 2 when 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 The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry past to theresent And it wasn t confusing at all I m surprised because I get confused easy It turns out that Libby and Jack are StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story pushed together by being in a group after school for being bad Then they start to get to know each other and it s so fun and it s so wonderful They help each other And yeah some sad stuff happens but it all works out in the end And let me tell you there is oneart where Libby stands up to the whole school in such a way that I cried my eyes out I wish I could add the 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 s enough for me I will read this many times and get some inspiration from Libby I wish I had a friend like her The saddest It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life 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 whateople think I read what I want and I m glad I found a gem that works for ME I got this Lignin Biodegradation print book through the BloggingForBooks ProgramMY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Maybe no boy will love me or want to touch me ever even in a dark room even after an apocalypse when all the skinny girls have been wiped off the earth by some horriblelague 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 enough of an 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 assessment of All the Bright 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 Pure Chance 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 majorlot The Lady and the Lionheart point is a game called Fat Girl Rodeo These things are gross and offensive but showing the horrible effects of labels and cruel bullying does not seem like a bad thing to me No the biggerroblem is "That This Book Actually Isn " this book actually isn 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 rosopagnosia 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 rotagonists 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 opular good looking guy who comes to see how said girl is so much better than all those hot evil cheerleaders he s been dating His hot evil girlfriend constantly fat shames and bullies Libby obviously because we all know retty Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church 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 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 the end 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 menTheacing also slows down as the story moves forward I remember feeling at one A (kinda) Country Christmas point like the book should be coming to an end and yet there were almost another hundredages to go You knew the characters had feelings for one another you knew they were going to end 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 rose like this The way I feel when I m with her Like I just swallowed the sun and it s shooting out of every oreAnd Libby s eyes They are like lying in the grass under the sky on. 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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 shooting out of every National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 pore without me bursting into hysterical laughter But let s be honest that s the least of this book sroblemsBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store 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 otential and i wonder if thats mainly my own fault and not the books all the bright laces is one my favourite novels ever its emotionally compelling lovingly tender and naturally raw 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 an TIME FOR THE ROAST I read All the Bright Places last year and ended up dnfing it because I had huge Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism problems with basically every aspect of it I m actually reallyroud of myself for finishing this 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 Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory people give it 5 stars despite all of theroblematic aspects I had seen I decided to Charming the Firefighter 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 theresent day that are just based around utting 2 characters in the worst ossible 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 and eeny meeny miny moe which ones they will choose Dead Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales parent for you random illness for you a bit of anxiety on the side as well as extreme obesity and we ve got ourerfect 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 The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles possibly forget because she mentions it every single sentence Libby was once the World s Fattest Teen and she s still obese but she has lost a bit of weight My mainroblem 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 entire 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 not 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 entire book is that he told his little brother that it s okay if he takes a urse 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 layed when he walks somewhere For The Love Of God Please Shut Up Jack Also Every love of God lease shut up Jack Also every character in this story like in All the Bright Places offers absolutely nothing to the storyline and they only add to that awful stereotype that everyone in high school is an asshole and the world is against me because everyone hates me in school A major roblem 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 to even have a favourite colour that s how much depth they have Like in All the Bright Places these characters are only their Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War physical traits or illnesses and that is 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 your entireersonality and storyIf you ignore all of the above roblems 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 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 cure everything 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 and I would not recommend book to anyone 05052016 WE HAVE A COVER 3UPDATEMy reaction to 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 To everyone 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 everyone or D ALL OF THE ABOVE Everyone is so uick to oint and blame Jennifer Niven for " with everyone or D ALL OF THE ABOVE Everyone is so uick to Žemyn galva į Australiją point and blame Jennifer Niven for offensive for romanizing mental illness for not understanding fatness How about YOU consider the fact that YOU are taking everything 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 orut 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. 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