Mittwoch, 12. Oktober 2016

Holding up the Universe - Jennifer Niven

Love the watercolor!

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.

My thoughts and opinion:
Jack and Libby are the complete opposites of each other. Jack is the handsome, quite (school) famous and life-loving dude. Libby on the other hand is slightly overweight, lonely & has been bullied her entire life. She was once "America's fattest Teen" and had to be cut out of her home. He has prosopagnosia aka face blindness and doesn't even recognize his own family.

True a stupid "game" Jack and Libby find together and it's hard for them to admit that the other one is actually not how they expected them to be. They're cool, funny and good listeners. They're not the typical couple and people still make fun of Libby for being overweight. Jack on the other hand has his own family problems to face...

I loved the book. I flew through it (and that in English!) and felt a bit empty when it ended. Even though the ending was - in my opinion - a bit rushed. I mean it was cute and all but Jesus, take your time!

(Danke an und den Penguin Verlag dass ich bei der Leserunde mitmachen durfte!)

Genre: Novel
ISBN:  9780141357058

Keine Kommentare:

Kommentar veröffentlichen