Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Young Adult
I have so much love for this book.
I can’t stop thinking about it.
Holding up the Universe is one of those books that makes you fall in love with reading again. That’s the exact effect that it had on me and, honestly, I just want to talk to everyone about how thought provoking and amazing it is.
I’ve talked it up a lot, now. I suppose I should feel nervous that you may rush out to the bookstore and get yourself a copy, read the first couple of pages, and hate it. But you won’t.
I read the first 2 pages and was so overcome with “feels” that I had to stop, put the book down, and utter “WOW” about 10 times. I’m not kidding.
Holding up the Universe is a novel told from two perspectives:
- Libby Strout – A girl plagued by the prejudice she attracts due to her size.
- Jack Masselin – A boy who needs to project who he is onto others, for fear of completely losing his identity.
Both characters have their own struggles and make their own discoveries within themselves, but when they come together, they find comfort and strength that they never knew possible.
I found Niven’s prose to be angelic – a joy to read. I couldn’t get enough.
It inspired me – to create something as special, something as meaningful, something as sophisticated for my own readers.
…it also gave me an inferiority complex… but I can’t help feeling like it was bestowed in the best way possible.
What are you still doing here?
Go read it!
Until next time,
x much love.