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Holding Up the Universe

Von: Jennifer Niven
Gesprochen von: Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond
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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.

©2016 Jennifer Niven (P)2016 Listening Library

Kritikerstimmen

"[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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A nice story about a strong girl

I really like the stories different components and that it didnt center around the romance. I think the auther did a good job on showing how hurtful comments about someone's size can be, how important it is to speek up if someone is discriminated against and that no matter how perfect someone's life may seem they still might have some issues they are fighting (in secret).

Overall it was a nice story that didn't center around the love story. Sometimes I would have wished for a little more variety but I guess the auther's intention was to focus on the body shaming and all its effects, as well as on the face blindness.
Maby I wouldn't have missed some variety if I would have liked Libby's voice better. Or I'm a little too old.

The male narrator did a good job. He managed to let Jack appear cool and cocky, he showed Jack's insecurities, his emotions and what a nice guy Jack acutally is.
The female narrator didn't do Libby justice in my opinion. Libby has insecurities but overall she is an incredibly strong girl. Unfortunately the voice wasn't illustrating her strength. Most of the time she had a faint and insecure voice which often made me forget that Libby is a strong and smart character. The voice would have been better suited for the typical (annoying) love story girl character that is always winig about not being pretty enough and not understanding at all why the "hot" boy would even look at her but not for a girl that has something to tell the world. If she would have had a stronger and more mature voice Libby's character would have had more depth, I think. The depth the author has given her.

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mediocre

Liked the idea very much, but found the end a bit underwhelming. Not as good as "All the bright places" from Niven.

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