Friday Book Share – Holding Up the Universe

This week’s Friday Book Share (created by Shelley Wilson – LINK HERE) Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven!

The purpose is to share books you’ve enjoyed by following the FRIDAY acronym:

First line of the book

Recruit fans by adding the blurb

Introduce the main character using only three words

Delightful design (add the cover of the book)

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene


Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


First line of the book:

“I’m not a shitty person, but I’m about to do a shitty thing.”

Recruit fans by adding the blurb:

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 see who she really is. Since her mum’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. 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 art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a 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, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his own 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, Libby and Jack are both angry, 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.

Introduce the main character using only three words:

Libby: Kind. Determined. Introverted.
Jack: Confident. Lonely. Funny.

Delightful design:


Audience appeal:

This book is great for people who like contemporary YA novels about dealing with life and new friendships and not hiding who you are.

Your favourite lines/scenes:

“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader.”

“I think what an amazing world this would be if we all danced everywhere we went.”

“We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one.”

“I want you to know I’m rooting for you.’ Sometimes we need to hear that, even from a stranger.”



Hope you enjoyed another Friday Book Share! I knew I’d enjoy this book because I thoroughly enjoyed Niven’s previous book, All the Bright Places, and it was just as lovely to read 🙂 



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