Review: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up The Universe von Jennifer NivenHolding Up The Universe

by Jennifer Niven
Penguin Books UK
06 Oct 2016

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher via This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A boy who can’t recognize faces and a girl who used to be  dubbed „America’s Fattest Teen“ fall in love with each other in Jennifer Niven’s new YA freak-meets-freak novel.

After the sudden death of her mother, Libby became afraid of… anything, really. Comforting herself with food, she eventually became too big to get out of bed. Until that horrible, embarassing day when she had to be literally cut out of her own house and lifted out by a crane to get her to the hospital. Now, after a lot of therapy and shedding weight, it’s Libby’s first day back in high school. Still overweight and fighting anxiety, but determined to make it through the day, Libby meets Jack.

Jack is popular, funny and good-looking. And he has a secret – he can’t recognize or remember faces. Hiding his condition (which, as he will find out, is called „prosopagnosia“) is hard work, and he lives in constant fear of being discovered. Of all people, it is Libby who is the first to learn about his handicap, and the two of them start bonding.