Holding up the Universe, Jennifer Niven, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, on our shelves now
A wonderful YA that doesn’t shirk at showing difficult choices and the consequences when you make the wrong one.
Where do you go after you’ve been dubbed: ‘America’s Fattest Teen’, and the whole nation has watched your home being destroyed in order to get you out? Libby Strout went into hiding for three years, during which she lost some – but not all – of her weight.
Now she’s ready to come out and face the world again, and in a dangerous place – high school. Her hopes are modest, just friends and some kind of a life. But within a few days she runs into Jack Masselin, who humiliates her in front of the whole school. However, Jack’s intentions were not entirely bad, and he is hiding his own secret. When Libby and Jack are thrown into counseling together, he finds himself confiding in her and, somewhat to her own surprise, she listens.
This is a remarkable story about learning to live with yourself and being content with that – no matter who you are or what you are living with. And, of course, it helps if you find like minds to share your life with, even if they come from unexpected places.
Another excellent YA by the author of ‘All the Bright Places’.