“We don't ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one.” Jennifer Niven
After having read and loved Jennifer Niven's book 'All The Bright Places' I wanted to see if her other books were as good.
This book is about Libby Strout who is overweight. After her mums sudden death, Libby's weight increased rapidly to the point where she was labeled "America's fattest teen". She then lost the weight and is now ready to give school another chance and face all of its demons. She knows what is coming for her but is determined to make a difference!
Jack Masselin is confident and even a bit arrogant however still looked up to. He hangs out with a small group of friends who tend to always get up to no good. A stupid idea turns everything upside down for Jack, when he is just trying to hide his secret. Though when he decides to use Libby as the winning level of a cruel game he unintentionally throws himself in the unwanted spotlight.
This is a good book which addresses the common issue of bullying. It is also a very good representation and reminder of how hard school can be socially. Also how easily you can be targeted unnecessarily by others because of your looks, weight, race exc. This is not only demonstrated from Libby, but also from Jack and how he had to hide his true self from everyone. As a result of this I did like how relatable the book was to real life, and the things you do for popularity.
However I did rate this book 3 stars, because it took a while to commence also as it dragged on at the begging. Overall I was a little disappointed with the book compared to 'All The Bright Places' probable because I had quite high expectations after been quite pleased. Another reason why I rated the book 3 stares is because after having finished it and having closed the book unlike other favourites I wasn't left in the moment, rather I closed the book and in a way dismissed the story- mainly as a result of it not having any significant plot twists to differentiate the book from any others.
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven AUD $19.99 (approx.)
The Young Book Critic