A review: Holding up the universe

A review: Holding up the universe


Happy Wednesday. How are you? How has this week been treating you? Are you looking forward to Friday. It’s not too far away.

Today as part of my monthly post, I will be doing a review post, it will alternate between books and products. The idea behind uploading a review each month is to share items with you that you never have heard off, items you’re a little sceptical off, or items that you’ve heard off. In each review, I will give my honest opinion, it’s completely your choice if you decide to check the item out or not.

As you can see, today I am reviewing a book. I read this last week and once I finished I asked on a poll on my Instagram account whether I should review it or not, the outcome was 89% for a yes, so here it is.

Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven

The blurb

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too – sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs. Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Then Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change. Because sometimes when you meet someone, the whole universe just comes into focus.

My thoughts

I relate to Libby a lot, not the whole “shit I’m too fat I need to be cut out of my house” relation, but the whole struggling with weight and people using that to their advantage for their own sick games. At first I hated Jack, he wasn’t a cool character, he was a bit of a prick to be honest. After reading further along, I hated Jack a little more, but only because I struggled to pronounce the brain problem he has. Prosopagnosia. Try saying that at 3am while yawning, it just doesn’t happen. Throughout the whole story, Libby was so relatable. She is a lot braver than me though. Like her, I used to get notes in my locker that said some mean things and I would hide them too. Libby is really a kick ass girl, I loved her even more once she punched Jack in the face. The whole love story line is a little cheesy to be honest, you could see it coming, they were forced to spend time together for god sake, what else was going to happen? Once we find out that Jack was there when Libby was cut out of her house and that he went in and took some of her things, I was just waiting for her to find out and assume he had some motive, sadly this happened right near the end and that was just sappy and boring. I’m personally not a love story fan, I like there to be some drama, but between Libby and Jack, the only drama that occurred was his punch in the face.

My hatred for Jacks on again off again girlfriend Caroline ran deeper then my hatred for Jack, especially once Libby tried out to join the cheer team. Caroline asked Libby to lose weight to be considered in getting the place, Libby quite rightly told her where to stick it. She had already been told there was no weight restriction, but Caroline was just a jealous biatch because Libby was seeing Jack. Sort of reminds me of a jealous biatch I know that tried to get in between me and someone. Luckily for the both of us it didn’t work.

Jack goes with Libby to get tested to see why his brain is so frizzled and they told him it was more than frizzled, it was fried, and yes of course there is no cure. What a predictable story line to follow too. I did feel a bit sorry for him after that, after all, everyday he has no idea who he is talking too, who his friends are and he relies strongly on identifiers, so when they are similar, his brain goes into a meltdown and goes “hell no bro, you’re on your own”. He didn’t even recognise his own brother when it came to picking him up from a friend’s house, he grabbed some random kid and tried taking him, what a bloody chaos that caused. Libby stands by Jack and helps out the best she can, she tries hating him, it just doesn’t happen.

Jack messes up, Libby messes up but in the end, they end up dropping the L bomb and all is well in their world again, the universe is then “held up”. Overall, it was a cute little story, not something I would read again, but it was alright. I just don’t like how the whole story can be predicted, show some originality! It’s a quick and easy read, not something that will take too long to finish. I plan on adding this on my depop (@alannajean) so if you want to buy the book for yourself and have a read, it should be on there soon. Overall I’d give this a 4/5.

Well my loves, that is my review on the story, sorry if I gave away too many spoilers, but I did warn you. If you’ve read this book and completely disagreed with my opinion, I’d love to know in the comments. I’d also love to know if you agreed with me.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it, if you did, leave a like and a comment. If you really enjoyed it, don’t forget to share with your friends and social media.

Have a wonderful rest of your week and I look forward to seeing you again on Friday for a really fun post. (It may have something to do with my birthday!)


A x



  1. January 18, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Love your blog. So glad to have discovered it 💜

    • January 18, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much 💜

  2. February 23, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Love your review, and blog! Stumbled upon it by chance, and just finished this book, myself! 🙂

    • February 23, 2018 / 9:39 am

      Thank you so much! Did you enjoy the book? xo

  3. February 23, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    Oh yes! I finished the book in just a mi few days! I could hardly put it down! 🙂

  4. April 18, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Completely agree. The love story was forced… did there really have to be a love angle. I mean, we readers accept friendship as well, that’s not too bad. Libby is definitely an inspiration and I hope young teens read this and become more positive about their image. 🙂

    • April 18, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      I know, it seems to be a running theme in books, oh better make a couple. Thank you for reading 💜 xx

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