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Alter Ego kXampleon the first day back at schoolHey he saysHeyIs it true fat girls give better blow jobsI don tnow I ve never gotten a blow job from a fat girlJack Masselin This id hides the fact that he recognizes no one s face Not even his own family He once screamed that his mom was idnapping him because she had gotten a haircut and he didn t have the familiar markers to place her in his mindHe plays the cool guy at school but he lives in fear that someone will discover his secret Then they end up in group counseling together This is not a boy rescue the fat girl story This is a story of two people realizing who exactly they areand owning itPeople are shitty for a lot of reasons Sometimes they re just shitty people Sometimes people have been shitty to them and even though they don t realize it they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way Sometimes they re shitty because they re afraid Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them So it s like self defensive shittinessBooks like this are exactly why I read young adultJennifer Nevin I hope you pat yourself on the back And the haters ah yes so here we are again the classic case of i can appreciate this book for the story that it is but it definitely didnt live up to its potential and i wonder if thats mainly my own fault and not the books all the bright places is one my favourite novels ever its emotionally compelling lovingly tender and naturally raw everything this book is not so is it fair to judge a different book by the same author when you Uncommon Wisdom know they are capable of doing betteri mean i really like the idea of the story and how wholesome it could have been i think diverse representation is something that can always be appreciated but instead of seeing libby as this strong woman i saw a whiny brat and the connection between her and jack didnt feel convincing to me it was just a lot of superficial high school drama maybe im getting too old but inow jennifer niven is capable of writing honest and relatable teen characters so im not sure why this particular story didnt uite meet the mark for me 3 stars TIME FOR THE ROAST I read All the Bright Places last year and ended up dnfing it because I had huge problems with basically every aspect of it I m actually really proud of myself for finishing this even though I did skim read the last 25% of it Honestly when this book first came out I saw the authors name and instantly avoided this book However after seeing a lot of people give it 5 stars despite all of the problematic aspects I had seen I decided to pick this book up for the roastHonestly you can read the blurb and be offended I sure was The blurb is a joke just like the rest of the book I m honestly so sick of contemporaries in the present day that are just based around putting 2 characters in the worst possible situation and then forcing them to fall in love I say forcing because there is 0 chemistry between these characters I swear some authors just have a big long list of mental illnesses diseases or unfortunate scenarios that they scroll down and eeny meeny miny moe which ones they will choose Dead parent for you random illness for you a bit of anxiety on the side as well as extreme obesity and we ve got our perfect story Everyone will definitely love it I strongly uestion the motives behind writing a novel such as this oneI m trying to decide whether I hate Libby or Jack I think it must be Libby because dammit she s annoying as all hell I actually sent my friends 14 different video rants and then another couple text rants about how annoying this bitch is In case you forgot I don t think you could possibly forget because she mentions it every single sentence Libby was once the World s Fattest Teen and she s still obese but she has lost a bit of weight My main problem with her is that she really does not want to be nown as
the fat girl any but she s CONSTANTLY talking about it Her entire inner monologue fat girl any but she s CONSTANTLY talking about it Her entire inner monologue just about her weight and omfg it was so infuriating Also when she becomes friends with another fat girl she legit says she talks about her weight a lot You re telling me that this bitch who constantly talks about being fat is complaining that her other fat friend talks about her weight a lot What on Earth is this bullshit Also let s not forget that on her first day of school she walked in and said this to her first day of school she walked in and said this to Somewhere in this school could be a boy I fall in love with One of these fine young men might be the one who at long last claims my heart and my body I am the Pauline Potter of Martin Van Buren High School I am going to sex the rest of this weight right off me Let s also not forget that when she describes her bed she has to clarify that this is NOT the bed she had when she was trapped in her house because she was so fat I lie on my bed not the same bed I spent twenty four hours a day on back when I couldn t leave the house but a new one we bought after I lost some weight Jack was just a straight up annoying douche and the only thing I liked about this entire book is that he told his little brother that it s okay if he takes a purse to school because he can do whatever he wants I appreciate that I think Jack says it best when he describes himself by saying he really looks like an asshole I agree Jack I agree But then a few chapters later he says that the song Sexy Back is something that should be played when he walks somewhere For the love of God please shut up Jack Also every other character in this story like in All the Bright Places offers absolutely nothing to the storyline and they only add to that awful stereotype that everyone in high school is an asshole and the world is against me because everyone hates me in school A major problem I have with this authors work in general is that the characters are incredibly one dimensional Hell I think it d be too complex for them to even have a favourite colour that s how much depth they have Like in All the Bright Places these characters are 05052016 WE HAVE A COVER 3UPDATEMy reaction to everyone saying this book is offensive At first I wasn t going to say anything but then the comments and review updates on here and Twitter started to really hit a nerve with me So HERE WE GO To everyone saying that this booksynopsis is offensive how about we stop and take a moment to consider the fact that A Maybe she didn t write the synopsis B Maybe it s how the character feels about herself C Maybe just maybe this is someone s story who wants to share it with everyone or D ALL OF THE ABOVE Everyone is so uick to point and blame Jennifer Niven for being offensive for romanizing mental illness for not understanding fatness How about YOU consider the fact that YOU are taking everything out of context or that YOU are making this into something it s not In no way shape or form is Jennifer Niven trying to discriminate against being fat or implying that your not human THIS IS HOW THE CHARACTER FEELS But you now what if you don t want to read this fine DON T READ IT But don *t you dare make others feel uncomfortable or put them down because they actually want to READ THE BOOK FIRST *you dare make others feel uncomfortable or put them down because they actually want to READ THE BOOK FIRST JUDGING IT because WE actually have the decency to not be biased and go into a book with an open mind instead of making assumptions I m done GUYS She has another book coming out EEEKKI have a feeling Holding Up the Universe will break my heart just like ATBP did oO OMG NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW I NEED IT 3 Please Me waiting for October 4th 201. Lugar a sentimentos muito diferentes Uma história de superação e de um amor verdadeiro e invulgar ue nos devolve a esperança no mundo em nós e no outro.
Jennifer Niven Ä 3 reviewY I wish I had a friend like her The saddest part is I almost didn t read this book because of so many negative reviews It does have a lot of good reviews but now I don t care what people think I read what I want and I m glad I found a gem that works for ME I got this print book through the BloggingForBooks ProgramMY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Maybe no boy will love me or want to touch me ever even in a dark room even after an apocalypse when all the skinny girls have been wiped off the earth by some horrible plague Maybe one day I can be thinner than I am now and have a boyfriend who loves me but I ll still be a liar I was going to give this book two stars because honestly it started well It was compelling and didn t seem as offensive as the blurb had been but the I think about it the that doesn t seem to be enough of an excuse for the book as a whole Yet another book that insensitively uses its characters to create an angsty romanceIf anything I feel secure in my assessment of All the Brig 4 stars Holding Up the Universe was an interesting and moving read with complex characters and a uniue storyline I listened the the audio version of this book and once I hit play I didn t want to stop When I read All the Bright Places earlier this year I had the same feeling of being hooked I m happy to report the author was able to pull this off not once but twice Our story centers around Libby Strout and Jack Masselin Libby is formally America s Fattest Teen She s spent a lot of her young adult life getting healthy and she is nowhere near thin but she s happy with herself She decides to take the plunge stop homeschooling and go to high school Libby is a fantastic character I loved that she s just herself She has a great relationship with her dad and meets some good friends throughout this journey for her She also meets Jack Masselin in a very unconventional way Jack s got it good in high school or so everything thinks He s popular has a pretty girlfriend and a lot of friends He s funny charming and cool But he struggles every single moment of every single day See Jack has this secret He can t recognize faces I can t even imagine how that would feel To wake up each morning look at my husband and not recognize his face That s how it is for Jack He Art knows his brother s hair style and he can tell his other brother by his ears but the system is not flawless Libby is the only one whonows about this and is able to help him He doesn t always deserve her help but that s not the point It s just the way Libby is I love her for it Jack and Libby s relationship is complicated at first The way they meet the reason they re spending so much time together Their friendship grew and developed as the story progressed I loved them both and I loved that they had each others backs Jack won me over early on just God Is in the Crowd knowing he was rooting for Libby from the very start warmed my heart Even though there were some hard to read moments the story overall was a positive one I felt happy when I finished I give this one 4 stars Because sometimes when you meet someone it changes the world theirs and yours This was eual parts special and frustrating for me But definitely emphasis on the special There were moments when my Vulcan soul FAILED ME COMPLETELY and I turned into a mush of suishy feels FEEEEEEEELS I think Jennifer Niven is a WIZARD OF FEELS STABBING and I love her for it Omg I did love this book I did But there were several things that made me pout in a puddle but I ll get to them in a moment PATIENCE GRASSHOPPERAlso this is not as devastating as All the Bright Places hahhaahha THANK YOU I DON T FEEL LIKE MY HEART JUST GOT RIPPED OUT But the whole time I was absolutely dreading the endingso I actually have all the thumping gasping feels anyway because I WAS SO WORRIED AhemI m having a crisis Nevermind meSo this story is about being seen basically It s eual parts about Libby who isnown as the fattest teen in America and Jack who has prosopagnosia I reeeally loved the storyline It was so poignant and beautifully written Like hold my cupcake Bob I need to yell THE WRITING OF JENNIFER NIVEN IS SOMETHING GORGEOUS TO BE UPHELD ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS I love it It gets me in the feels and makes me want to do *glorious things I loved the messages of self worth and I *things I loved the messages of self worth and I how everything tied togetherBrief List Of Other Things I Loved There are Supernatural references SO MANY SUPERNATURAL REFERENCES win There is SO MUCH DANCING There is much diversity of colour size and briefly sexuality Jack has a gorgeous afro and a deep love of his hair and this pleases me greatly because HAIR APPRECIATION IS MY THINGI love love looooooved Jack I GOTTA ADMIT HE IS A PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL OF BAD DECISIONS He really makes sucky decisions And he is a coward a bit But at the same time I related to him a lot because of the face blind aspect I don t have prosopagnosia but I struggle to recognise people s faces to a mild degree and I
at reading emotions on faces completely so just the fact that Jack could walk into room of people and have NO IDEA WHO THEY WERE OR WHAT THEY THOUGHT OF HIM was so relatable AND IT NEARLY MADE ME CRYLibbyI struggled with a lot This is because she has a very self righteous attitude and she makes just as many dumb decisions as Jack but yet she doesn t seem to ever be sorry about them At least Jack recognised he was a JERK Whereas Libby just justified herself Plus there was a scene at the end view spoiler where she and Jack had broken up and she was making out with an exchange student until she realised she shouldn t because she still loved Jackand then she sees Jack Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard kissing another girl and she s got the fury of indignation on her and I justIS THIS NOT A LITTLE HYPOCRITICAL RIGHT NOW hide spoiler Welcome to the internet in the year 2016 Where a simple book blurb broke the internet for a few days A teenage girl who was rescued from her house because her weightept her a prisoner Then through in a statement about how she is returning to high school akathe real world after being homeschooled I KNOW Let s all run and one star and bash the book Not And all you guys thought I was the biggest bully on here didn t you Because I had for once stopped to think about what the book meantand it made me drool all over myselfI didn t jump on the bandwagon I wanted the book even Because Ifail at reading emotions on faces completely so just the fact that Jack could walk into
ve been a bit on the fat side many times in mybeen a bit on the fat side many times in my I lose some weight and then I gain some weight Big dang deal I can say that now I couldn t when I was this character s age I home school my The Matriarchs (The Family kid AND YES sometimes we talk about him joining the real world again Does that mean he is socially awkward Hell noThis book is something that if I had it in high school I would have highlighted ever stinking line of it It would have became my Shelby bible of how to deal with all the assholes that dwell in high school and real lifeThese charactersLibby Stout she is the girl that was taken from her house By a crane Because her mom had died suddenly and she could not cope Food became her crutch her dad didn tnow how to deal with it and triedhe did try But when someone is bent on self destruction sometimes that path can t be detoured She does finally reach that point when the crane is brought out that her dad Notes for the Everlost knows that help is needed He wants to save his daughter He gets her helpThen comes to the point in the story where she is going back to school She has lost some weight she is still overweight by public opinion BUT this girl totallynows who she isFor Ck é o típico rapaz popular do liceu no entanto tem prosopagnosia e não consegue reconhecer caras uando o destino os une a solidão ue cada um sente dá. .
Edit Looks like they updated the synopsis I hope this book is less offensive than the synopsis REREAD I fell in love with this book allll over again I adore Libby I adore what she stands for I love what this book stands for The hope it instills How personal it is to the author and how appreciative I am that she shared her story with us I m rooting for this book I m rooting for myself I m rooting for all the readers who have ever felt less than As Libby would say about herself I am magic and so as are you Initial reviewI m sure a lot of you will remember the ton of backlash this book received when the blurb was revealed I mean let s not get into that aspect of people having the audacity to judge and write off a book when they haven t read a single page of it It s aggravating to the coreSo having read the book yes there is a lot of fat shaming that s mentioned throughout the book Fat shaming that the main character has to deal with ie the bullying she goes through because of her weight But also the main character fat shaming herself because of her insecurity as a direct result of the bullies and other factors I personally don t see how this is a problem to bring to light this sort of issue Yes it was slightly uncomfortable to read at times making it real and raw But we ask for diverse and complex bookscharacters then moan when a controversial topic is raised This is exactly the ind of realistic bullshit some people unfortunately have to deal with as ugly as it may seem As well as the insecurity and the mental health issues that come alongside it I don t understand how it was even assumed that the author was ridiculing people who deal with weight and mental health problems If perhaps they d waited a little longer for some clarification and did their research they d have nown that this topic is uite personal to the author But that s not all that the book is about Yes the character struggles with her weight she s insecure to an extent but she s absolutely fuckin strong She s almost sure about who she is As sure as a teenager can be She refuses to let her weight define her stand in her way of her dreams and fights the fuck back against anyone that dares to ridicule her And she s happy dammit This element is what made the book for me She was headstrong to begin with because she made herself be so Though there are romantic aspects her problems didn t magically disappear because there was a guy in her life But she refused to hide her true self Because of this I feel that this book is so empowering A book that those who feel that can relate to Libby can find strength in Though Libby encompasses aspects of her personality that may contradict or clash ie being insecure yet not giving a flying fuck about anyone it s a great message that one can take away You re never fully one or the other anyway This is what I personally got from this book I guess like every other book people will interpret it differently according to their own understanding and worldview And this is mine Initial review Okay wow It s 4am Read this book in less than a day My heart is floating I m dying with feels I was not expecting to love this book so much You No Biggy! know I don t care what anyone thinks I just loved the hell out of this book I happy cried so many times in this book And there will probably be some SPOILERS I don tnow my feels right now are out of control This review is going to be all over the place because I m crazy and that s just the way it is I love Libby so much In this book she has so much courage Even when she was low and things hurt her she had courage like no one I Crush It! know Those hateful horribleids said some of the most horrible things to her I just can t fathom My name is Libby Strout You ve probably heard of me You ve probably watched the video of me being rescued from my own house At last count 6345981 people have watched it so there s a good chance you re one of them Three years ago I was American s Fattest Teen I weighed 653 pounds at
my heaviest which means I was approximately 500 pounds overweight I haven t always beenheaviest which means I was approximately 500 pounds overweight I haven t always been The short version of the story is that my mom died and I got fat but somehow I m still here This is no way my father s fault Two months after I was rescued we moved to a different neighborhood on the other side of town These days I can leave the house on my own I ve lost 302 pounds The size of two entire people I have around 190 left to go and I m fine with that I like who I am For one thing I can run now And ride in the car And buy clothes at the mall instead of special ordering them And I can twirl Aside from no longer being afraid of organ failure that may be the best thing about now versus then Tomorrow is my first day of school since fifth grade My new title will be high school junior which let s face it sounds a lot better than America s Fattest Teen But it s hard to be anything but TERRIFIED OUT OF MY SKULL I wait for the panic attack to come And of course we all Attracting Birds to Your Backyard know when she gets to school the jerkholes start bullying her I hate them so much I could just scream But Libby is a force of nature She don t take too much shite from anyone She ignores it or in case of boys she justnocks them on their arse She my hero This is the way she meets the other main character Jack I love him too I will get to him in a minute He s going to do something to Libby that is a horrible prank for the big girls He puts a
note in herin her before talking about it and apologizing but he gets what he deserves I m lying on the cafeteria floor and the girl is standing over me My jaw feels Deep Listening knocked loose it s over somewhere in Ohio I give it a rub to make sure it s still attached and my hand comes away covered in blood I say What the hell My words are garbled Jesus I think she broke my voice box Why did you punch me WHY DID YOU GRAB MEMy eyes go to her backpack to the letter sticking out of the pocket I just managed to shove it into I want to say You ll understand later but I can t speak because I m wiping the blood from my mouth Jack is popular dude at the school but he has a big problem He has prosopagnosia PROSOPAGNOSIA 1 An inability to recognize the faces of familiar people typically as a result of damage to the brain 2 when everyone is a stranger Jack has figured this out for himself by research He has never told his family or friends He gets away with it by other means You can read the book and find out When Libby was little she lived across the street from three boys and I loved it because she called them Sam Dean and Cas She loved the show Supernatural too They were her only friends well friends in her head Until that day she was taken from her home by crane and moved away The story goes back and forth to things that happened in the past to the present And it wasn t confusing at all I m surprised because I get confused easy It turns out that Libby and Jack are pushed together by being in a group after school for being bad Then they start to get tonow each other and it s so fun and it s so wonderful They help each other And yeah some sad stuff happens but it all works out in the end And let me tell you there is one part where Libby stands up to the whole school in such a way that I cried my eyes out I wish I could add the excerpt like the other ones but it s one you should read for yourself I just love her Did I say that already This book makes me feel sad mad and good Libby makes me feel good for so many reasons and that s enough for me I will read this many times and get some inspiration from Libb. Libby outrora a rapariga mais gorda da América conseguiu finalmente ultrapassar o desgosto causado pela morte da mãe e está pronta para voltar a viver Ja.