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Holding Up the Universe

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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. The fact that the blurb points out that she had to be lifted out of the house via a "crane" isn't amusing or funny, it's horrifying, even if it's intended to be a snarky remark.

this is clearly an attempt at imitating quirky-girl diction, NOT A SUGGESTION THAT HER BEING OVERWEIGHT MAKES HER NOT A PERSON. Now 302 pounds lighter, she's ready to go back to high school and be someone different, someone with tremendous possibilities, new friends, maybe even someone that a guy could fall in love with.

The fact that Jack was the only person who knows what happened to his brain and that he can’t tell who is who when too many faces are flashing before his eyes until he told Libby doesn’t make much sense to me. I guess, like every other book, people will interpret it differently, according to their own understanding and worldview. My main problem with her is that she really does not want to be known as the fat girl anymore but she’s CONSTANTLY talking about it. 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”. If a genie popped out of my bedside lamp, I would wish for these three things: my mom to be alive, nothing bad or sad to ever happen again, and to be a member of the Martin Van Buren High School Damsels, the best drill team in the tristate area.

I myself am overweight, and while I am nowhere near Libby's size I could easily relate to a lot of what she was going through, even though I am an adult. I was willing to pick this book up despite my experiences with "All The Bright Places" (which I didn't care for either, but I did applaud some aspects of the novel in the aftermath of the overarching read). The two become acquainted in detention classes and realize they’re two outcasts with similar problems. This book told too many experiences of the characters and tried to explain them to the point where segments of the narrative felt repeated more for theme than they should've been. i understand that many people were offended by all the bright places (although not nearly as many as the number of people who loved it).A major problem I have with this authors work in general is that the characters are incredibly one dimensional.

The only thing I find heartwarming is the fact that Jack has rooted for her since the day she was cut out from her bedroom and carried by a crane. And the way she stands up to how she's treated, challenges the views of others and impossible beauty standards, it's like her own feminist campaign.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. And as someone who was diagnosed with anxiety a few months back, it was so wonderful to read about a character who has anxiety, where it wasn't ruling their life. If you’re looking for the problem*tic aspects of this book, idk it didn’t really find it to be offensive. Both Jack and Libby seemed to think that they could become better people if they fell in lurvee, which is not a good plot. Hearing the main character struggled with self-esteem and body issues made me think I was going to relate to her.

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