Book Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Hi, Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog and oh my god this is my first ever book review in 2017! Let’s just get started then 😉

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As you can see, we have Jennifer Niven’s latest book, Holding Up the Universe! 

I was randomly went out to city centre and walked into a local bookshop (obviously) and found this book since the cover is so pretty and simple! (Ps. i uploaded a picture on my instagram and Jennifer Niven liked it, can you believe that??)

Anyways, this is a story about Libby Strout, once called as America’s Fattest Teen. She had to be cut out from her childhood house due to her health condition when she was in her heaviest state. She had been homeschooled her whole life, so now when she is way lighter and happier, she is ready to go for high school. She’s ready for new change, new life, new friends, or even someone she can fall in love with. For full synopsis, please click this link  so you can understand the storyline.

First of all, i was quite surprised to see some people found this book not as great as All The Bright Places (click the link to read my review on that one!) since i think this book ended more cheerful (although, it seems like a little bit predictable by the first few pages you read the book). However, i agree at some critics that this book may not as deep as what we’ve been expected. Surely there are so much emotions in the story, but i didn’t ‘find the emotion’ came up from reading it.

“You can’t always be fine. No one’s always fine. And I know you’re used to being on your own, and I know I should have been a better friend so that you didn’t have to get used to being on your own, but I’m here now, and I wish you’d talk to me.”

This book is about accepting yourself for who you are, to not letting anyone treat you whatever they want, to cope with your insecurity and mental health. To understand that it is okay to seek for help, to share your pain to someone else who will listen. 

I really love the idea about Niven brought up the topic about bullying in high school, which of course all of us have seen it in real life. It also could be an eye-opening for teenagers to see how powerful bullying can be, that even small words can affect others mentality so much. But, holy molly, Libby’s classmates are so horrible i can’t even imagine being in her position! I feel like i just want them to get expelled from school or something. I don’t know how people can do such things to others without feeling shitty about themselves afterwards! I know these things are may really happening in our society nowadays, and so i really hope nobody ever in that position. Why don’t we all be friends and nice with each other instead??

At some point, i kinda understand why Libby chose to kept everything by herself, but it’s still the school’s job to deal with bullying, and so she should’ve been speak up about what happened instead of being silent. On the other hand, i admire how brave she’s been during this journey, i mean, if i were her then i may give up after the first day. She’s a strong girl who don’t give a f**k about what others think about her, as she believe that she can do things no matter what they say. Her courage and personality will inspire others who read this book in some ways.

“You’re so worried that you can’t ever be close to anyone, but it’s not the face blindness that’s to blame; it’s you. All the smiling and the faking and pretending to be what you think people want you to be. That’s what keeps you isolated. That’s what screws you up. You need to try being a real person.”

After all, i really enjoyed reading this book as this is one of that book where you can learn some things about life and you can apply this to your own. Anyway, before i end this review, this is one of my favourite quote from the book, something that made me smile because how freaking right is this?:

“We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one.”

Finally, my rate for this book is 3.5/5 because i still believe that this book has an amazing storyline, and the ending is perfect even though it failed to bring out some emotions in me. Thank you so much for reading my review for this book and i promise i will try to write more onwards Insha Allah (just be patient with me yeah! :P)

Take it easy guys, stay safe and i see you soon!

Cheers! X


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

  1. Glad to see you post again on blog kak. Berharap post lagi secepatnya karena review buku dari kak icha suka sesuai sama selera baca aku. Ditunggu post selanjutnya kak!:)

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much for your feedback and please check out my latest post for another book review! I’ve planned to be more active in this blog since uni has finally over. So, stay tuned 🙂 xx


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