Holding Up the Universe

  • by Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times best-seller 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 reengineer and rebuild anything in new and badass 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.


What the Critics Say

"[Niven] creates two indelible characters and a heart-stopping romance." (Publishers Weekly)
"Written in short chapters of alternating perspectives, this is a thoughtful exploration of identity and self-acceptance, with commentary on overcoming adversities that will hit close to home." (School Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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the story line was so interesting and it kept me on edge throughout the entire time. The topics were intense but so lovely.
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- Amazon Customer

Another Great Jennifer Niven Book!

I truly loved All The Bright Places. Sometimes buying a book by the same author is no guarantee you're going to like it. This isn't one of those cases. I loved the tender unfolding of this story. I was hesitant to buy a book about the "world's largest teen," especially after I didn't end up finishing Dumplin', but it really added to the character. I love Libby's spirit. She's not as self-deprecating as Dumplin'.
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- Amber Rae "I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Listening Library