Rating: 5 stars
Holding Up the Universe was sent to me after I won the YA Trivia Night at Barnes & Noble’s B-Fest. To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I would like it. Contemporaries tend to be very hit or miss for me, and after the disappointment that was Dumplin’ (again, review coming soon, sorry!), I didn’t think I could take another ‘girl who thinks she’s fat even though she isn’t decides to treat herself as a real person instead of a monster’ kind of book. Because of this, and also because I prefer to read books on my Kindle, it sat on my shelf for a little over two weeks, just looking at me.
Then everything changed when my Kindle broke. Suddenly both of the books I was in the middle of reading (Lies We Tell Ourselves and Glitter) needed to be set aside, and a physical book placed in my hands before bad things started to happen. After a moment of hesitation while looking at my TBR pile, (Kids of Appetite? The Sun is Also a Star? Zodiac?) I picked up Holding Up the Universe and started reading.
I don’t think I put it back down more than twice after that, and one of those was because I had to go to sleep. IT WAS THAT GOOD.
There are two main characters in this story. One of them, Libby, is a girl who’s trying very hard to live a “normal” life. There were circumstances when she was younger that led to her being homeschooled, and this year she’s heading back to public school. She is a big girl (they actually do give her weight, and it did make a difference to me), and she’s not expecting things to be easy because of that.
BUT GUESS WHAT? Good things happen. (okay, some bad things happen too, but it’s a book. I think it’s against the law for there to be only good things.) I don’t really want to give anything away, so let’s move on to the read alikes!
Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,