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Holding Up the Universe

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Blaire Richards

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Holding Up the Universe
By: Jennifer Niven

The setting of
Holding Up the Universe
takes place in a small town that the two main characters live in, Jack and Libby, and the high school that they attend, Martin Van Buren High School. The time is in the present.
Holding Up the Universe is a novel based on conflict and drama. The conflict is what makes the book interesting. Both main characters face conflict. Jack faces the stress of prosopagnosia, and he wants to recognize faces more than anything, especially Libby's. Libby struggles with the insecurity of her weight, mainly others opinion of her weight. Both characters have to face their insecurities on a day to day basis. The question they constantly battle is will they survive high school alive or will their insecurities be the death of them.
Jack has just gotten home from school and is rethinking a decision he has made.
"Top Ten Reasons to Date a Fat Girl",
I make myself reread it. Its like I need to prove to myself that she's fat, and I don't care (Niven, 262). Jack feels that he needs to constantly prove to himself and others that the decisions he makes are valid even though they don't fit the stereotypes society has provided for him. He feels that he needs to maintain his "popular" image in order to hide his secret of having prosopagnosia, when you can not recognize faces. This desire to be perfect brings insecurity in how he socially approaches life.
Libby is describing Bailey. "If the Bailey of now is the Bailey of then she is earnest, popular, and loves Jesus. She is adorable. everyone loves her" (Niven, 39). Bailey Bishop is a kind girl. She is generous to others and is supportive of them. She walks into a room expecting people to like her and they do because of how thoroughly nice she is. Bailey used to go to middle school with Libby but was not the biggest advocate for her.Bailey felt as if high school was a second chance and did everything in her power to make it up to Libby.
Point of View
Holding Up the Universe
is in first person point of view.
Man vs. Man
"I tell her about the dance team I am starting, the best thing is anyone can join. No weight restrictions or height restrictions or age restrictions or sex restrictions. No restrictions at all" (Niven, 377). Libby had the dream of being on her high school dance team, but she was told she could not because of her weight even though she was talented enough. So, she started a dance team with her friends and encouraged people to join and be free of restrictions. You can see Libby's sincerity in how she wanted to share her gift and passion with others. She wanted people to join and share the pleasure she feels when she is dancing.
Libby had just left class to check her locker and found several pictures of when she was in the hospital and being cut out of her house. "I try to tell myself to look on the positive side...but honestly it's not very comforting. By fourth period, it's clear that everyone, even the janitors, know me as the girl who had to be cut out of the house" (Niven,132). Libby had a dark past and was home schooled for most of her life. She gained hundreds of pounds after the death of her mother. Libby used food as a coping mechanism. It eventually got to be so bad that she had to be cut out of her house by firefighters and paramedics. Libby lost some of the weight and was hoping her years at MVB high school would be a fresh start. She came to the scary truth that the whole school knew her secret, but her optimism added to the outcome of the novel.
"I'm not a bad person, but I'm about to do a bad thing. And you will hate me, and some other people will hate me, but I'm going to do it anyway to protect you and myself" (Niven, 76). Jack made this statement several times throughout the novel. However, one of the many flaws in Jack's personality is that he will do whatever it takes to protect himself, and then, he will protect the people he cares about. This inconsiderate behavior is most likely inspired by his self consciousness about his face blindness disorder. Jack's character later developed near the end of the book when he realized that the people he loves are more important than his needs.
Bailey says, "Dave Kaminski's having a party. I promised I'd stop by just for a minute, your welcome to come along" (Niven,339). Bailey is a social butterfly. She is invited to every party, event, or dance but still manages to have a special place in her heart for people that are not as high up on the totem pole. She knows that fitting in and being social does not come as naturally to Libby as it does to her. So, throughout the story Bailey is continuously inviting Libby to different events.
Plot Summary
Holding Up the Universe written by Jennifer Niven is a heartfelt young adult novel about two characters Jack and Libby.
Jack is a senior in high school who suffers from a severe illness called prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people. Jack is constantly trying to hide his illness even from family members. Jack has two younger brothers and attends Martin Van Buren high school. A few years ago, Jack's family faced the devastating news of his father being diagnosed with cancer. Days before the diagnosis, Jack found out that his father had been having an affair with a woman named Monica Chapman. Little did he know, Monica would be his new chemistry teacher. This event brought conflict between Jack, and his father but he decided to protect the family and did not share the news.
Libby is a senior who also attends MVB high school and shares a love for dance. Libby faced several challenges as a kid. When Libby was in the fifth grade, she was on the heavier side and was bullied. Her father decided to home school her due to the fact that her mother had just past away and the constant bullying. Libby grew up and ate her feelings away. Libby was dubbed America's fattest teen and received hate mail about her weight. Libby lost over 300 pounds and wanted a fresh start, so she enrolled in a public high school. Although she had achieved so much, she still was self-conscious about her weight. She relied on the support of family and her best friend Bailey.
Jack and Libby met when Jack was dared by his friends to prank Libby. The dare was to hug Libby for as long and as hard as he could until she got upset.

Plot Summary
Libby punched Jack landing them both a seat in the feelings circle(detention) at their school. For several weeks, the two expressed their feelings with each other, and their school therapist until they realized how similar they are. They started to go out, but Jack abruptly ended it because he thought it would damage his image. During their relationship, Libby encouraged him to talk about his disorder, considering Libby was the first person he shared his diagnosis with. Jack partied after his relationship ended with Libby, but later, he came to the realization that they were good for each other. Throughout the novel, both characters became aware of their flaws and improved them together. Overall,
Holding Up The Universe
is about two teenagers who learn to navigate their twisted lives together and their personalities strengthen throughout the novel.
The climax was when Jack was dared by his best friends, Cam and Seth to do the Fat Girl Rodeo. The Fat Girl Rodeo is when a man hugs a woman in an aggressive way until she shows signs of anger. As planned, Libby got angry, but what the boys were not counting was, that she would punch Jack. The principle forced them to serve detention, and this is where Jack and Libby got to know each other.
The resolution is when Jack and Libby figure out how much they have in common.They are able to form a functional relationship despite the dysfunctional relationships in their lives.They are then able to support each other through the drama and difficult times they face.
The theme of the novel is support because the main characters found people that support them and that do not shy away when things get hard. Support from people that were close to them gave them the courage to fight and defend their flaws.
I liked the development of the characters.I think that the way Jack and Libby's personalities advanced is what made
Holding Up the Universe
the intriguing book it is. If the characters did not have interesting backgrounds, the plot would be bland. I disliked how much romance was in the book. I wish that Jack and Libby had a stronger relationship, and it had more meaning. Overall, I would give
Holding Up the Universe
three out of five stars. I appreciated the imagination in the book, but feel that it could have been brought to another level.
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