Hold Up the Universe, a perfect companion to Jennifer Niven’s New York Times-bestselling novel Th Grand Ile, is an unforgettable story of heartbreak and life-changing love. Libby Strout may look like an average girl, but everyone has secrets. And this one is hers. She’s a loner, and her secret is that she doesn’t want to be part of anything else’s life. At least until high school starts-then, she discovers another story behind her life so different from everyone else’s. But can Libby find it before she just gives up on any dream of happiness?
Libby Strout’s life is about to change forever. When her family moves from their beloved hometown of Houston, Texas, to New York City, Libby’s determined to fit in and gain some perspective on her future. But fitting in is hard when no one knows what makes you who you are—especially when you can’t be seen without the extra padding you hide beneath your clothing. And when she meets Adam, a gorgeous artist with an impenetrable wall around his heart, Libby finally feels comfortable enough to take risks—and permit herself to be all of herself.
When we first glimpse Libby in Holding Up the Universe, she’s riding the bus home with her friends. She’s overweight and a little lonely, but that changes as quickly as the weight on her frame as she’s added to this group of six teens by their mysterious friend, Lula. It doesn’t take long for Libby and Lula to form an unlikely friendship that leads to dangerous secrets and, ultimately to life-altering choices.
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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 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. No one knows 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 re-engineer and rebuild anything, 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.