Waiting on Wednesday: Holding Up the Universe

Posted July 13, 2016 by Erica || 16 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show-off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Holding Up the UniverseHolding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 400

From the author of the New York Times bestseller 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 re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass 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.

Guys, I cannot express my excitement for this book. I love All the Bright Places and I think I’m going to absolutely love this one as well. I know some people think it may be offensive, but to each their own. Which book are you guys waiting on?

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16 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Holding Up the Universe

  1. I’m eager for this one too! I actually wasn’t a fan of ATBP, but I’m hoping this one will much better. The cover is just gorgeous. And yes, the original synopsis was a little offensive – in my opinion, maybe that’s just me being over-sensitive – so I’m glad that changed it. Hopefully, the subject matter will be handled well.

  2. I haven’t read her debut book because I don’t think it’s for me due to the subject, but this sounds right up my alley!
    I hope we both love it!

  3. YES, I’m super, super existed for this one. I loved her debut, which will be with me for the rest of my life. I understand that this is a story from one of the authors friends. That she wanted told, so I totally understood and was not offended by the previous synopsis. Maybe that is the way the original person actual felt. You never know and it’s not good to judge, especially on something that you have no idea about. But, everyone has a right to their opinion. So to each there own, right?
    Awesome pick xoxo

  4. Is it bad that I haven’t read All the Bright Places? Oops. I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t read it yet. But I’m really excited for this regardless. 😀

  5. Erica @ Novel Ink

    ATBP was a hit or miss for a lot of people; it helped me through a tough time so it holds a special place even though it had some flaws.

  6. Erica @ Novel Ink

    YES! Same here, ATBP will forever hold a special place in my life. It helped me so much through a tough time so it is a really fantastic book to me. Exactly, to each there own.

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