Book review: Holding up the universe

By Stephanie Lingenfelter
Editor in Chief

“Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven is a realistic teen fiction novel that was originally published in 2016. It is told in alternating points of view of two characters who seem like opposites on the surface. It switches between the heavier Libby and Jack, one of the most popular guys in school. Both characters have issues below the surface others don’t see.

This was a beautiful book that showed that appearances don’t reveal everything and we shouldn’t judge someone just by looking at them. There’s more than just what’s on the surface and that’s a lesson everyone could benefit from. The characters are relatable because of their daily struggles.

It also dives into topics of bullying, cancer and loss of family members. This book has many important themes and lessons.



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