Holding Up the Universe

391 pages

Everyone-thinks-they-know-Libby-Strout,-the-girl-once-dubbed-“America’s-Fattest-Teen.”-But-no-one’s-taken-the-time-to-look-past-her-weight-to-get-to-know-who-she-really-is.-Following-her-mom’s-death,-she’s-been-picking-up-the-pieces-in-the-privacy-of-her-home,-dealing-with-her-heartbroken-father-and-her-own-grief.-Now,-Libby’s-ready:-for-high-school,-for-new-friends,-for-love,-and-for-every-possibility-life-has-to-offer.-In-that-moment,-I-know-the-part-I-want-to-play-here-at-MVB-High.-I-want-to-be-the-girl-who-can-do-anything.

Everyone-thinks-they-know-Libby-Strout,-the-girl-once-dubbed-“America’s-Fattest-Teen.”-But-no-one’s-taken-the-time-to-look-past-her-weight-to-get-to-know-who-she-really-is.-Following-her-mom’s-death,-she’s-been-picking-up-the-pieces-in-the-privacy-of-her-home,-dealing-with-her-heartbroken-father-and-her-own-grief.-Now,-Libby’s-ready:-for-high-school,-for-new-friends,-for-love,-and-for-every-possibility-life-has-to-offer.-In-that-moment,-I-know-the-part-I-want-to-play-here-at-MVB-High.-I-want-to-be-the-girl-who-can-do-anything.

Everyone-thinks-they-know-Jack-Masselin,-too.-Yes,-he’s-got-swagger,-but-he’s-also-mastered-the-impossible-art-of-giving-people-what-they-want,-of-fitting-in.-What-no-one-knows-is-that-Jack-has-a-newly-acquired-secret:-he-can’t-recognize-faces.-Even-his-own-brothers-are-strangers-to-him.-He’s-the-guy-who-can-re-engineer-and-rebuild-anything,-but-he-can’t-understand-what’s-going-on-with-the-inner-workings-of-his-brain.-So-he-tells-himself-to-play-it-cool:-Be-charming.-Be-hilarious.-Don’t-get-too-close-to-anyone.

Until-he-meets-Libby.-When-the-two-get-tangled-up-in-a-cruel-high-school-game—which-lands-them-in-group-counseling-and-community-service—Libby-and-Jack-are-both-pissed,-and-then-surprised.-Because-the-more-time-they-spend-together,-the-less-alone-they-feel.-Because-sometimes-when-you-meet-someone,-it-changes-the-world,-theirs-and-yours.

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