“You are wanted. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself.”

Holding Up The Universe, written by Jennifer Niven, tells the story of a teenage boy and girl. One can’t recognise faces while the other is known to the world as ‘America’s Fattest Teen.’ Then one day they meet and when they do, their whole world is turned upside down…

  1. The book affirms that there’s so much more to people than what’s on the surface1
  2. It’s a non-stereotypical love story. There’s no prince and princess but instead two teenagers just trying to do their best in life2
  3. Libby and Jack are very relatable characters. Each have their own problems to deal with along with the challenges of high school3.png
  4. Jennifer Niven provides us with a powerful reminder about the importance of acceptance4
  5. The characters learn to fall in love with themselves5
  6. It shares a story of friendship, confidence, strength, and identity6

    7. The book is filled with the message of hope



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