Book Review

Holding Up The Universe

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I actually have concerns in this book. For example:

“I am the Pauline Potter of Martin Van Buren Highschool. I am going to sex the rest of this weight right off me.”

And I’m like, Ma’am what the hell??? I understand that you’ve been locked in your room for many years but damn the thirst.

Also, MVB really has bad students. All of Jack’s friends are assholes and so is he. Having prosopagnosia is not an excuse to be an asshole. Yes, you must fit in and keep your swag on but seriously are you that low to do the fat girl rodeo? You knew that it’s wrong and it is actually harassment and bullying.

I thought that this book is about how two people find each other and gonna be friends. They help each other and as well understand their situation in life despite the dissimilarity of their problem. But no, it’s not. Libby and Jack are lovers despite the ‘fat girl rodeo’. Honestly, this is a degrading and hurtful game that Jack decided to play on. Anyway, Libby and Jack don’t have chemistry. To be honest, Libby and Mick from Copenhagen got a lot more chemistry. (If you know what I mean. *wink wink.)

This book has its good moments and messages like body positivity, mental illness and stop bullying.

I really wished that it focused more on body positivity and prosopagnosia more than two highschoolers falling in love with one being overweight and one having a mental disorder. These are just that supporting factors for the characters and for the whole story to become a whole.

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