Holding up the Universe Book Review (Spoiler free)

Book Review, TBR

Hello there! It is that time again for another review and it is the turn for Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. So here we go:

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My opinion:

When I started this book I was a bit dissapointed because I wasn’t enjoying it so far. Maybe I wasn’t getting involved in the story and didn’t like one of the main characters (Jack Masselin).

But I decided to go ahead and keep reading, because, after all, I really wanted to know more about Libby’s story. I felt identified with her in so many parts of the story: when she was bullied for being fat, which was something that used to happen to me when I was a little girl.

What I loved the most about this book is Libby’s bravery, the way she accepted herself and didn’t give a… about people’s opinion concerning her weight.

As I said above, Jack wasn’t “my cup of coffee”, I just don’t know why, but Has it ever happened to you that you hate someone and you just don’t know why? Well it happens a lot to me with book characters, specially when they take bad decisions.

I still don’t like him, but I understand the conflict he was passing by, so I will not be so rude with him.

This book made me think a lot about being different, having a health problem, having anxiety, having depression or other kind of trouble, is not so bad as it seems. I mean, it is bad to have those problems, but I think what Niven wanted to tell us is that we’re not alone, we’re not less than others, we are wanted.

I recommend this book, despite I wasn’t so convinced in the beginning, it really is a good book, with so many teachings about life, and a very strong and brave female character we should all imitate.

Quotes:

 “As long as you live, there’s always something waiting; and even if its bad, and you know its bad, What can you do? You can’t stop living”. 

“We can’t fight another person’s battles, no matter how much we want to”.

“Don’t judge a man till you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”.

“You can’t stop living”.

“It’s not moving on, Libbs. It’s moving differently. That’s all this. Different life. Different world. Different rules. We don’t ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one”.

“We all got something. We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one”.

Rating:

3.5/5★

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Book Review, TBR

Goodreads Synopsis.

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

My opinion.

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! This book is sooooooo brain-breaking (I don’t know if that’s a word). This book is… I don’t know how to start this review so let’s say that it reminded me a lot about The holographic Principle (google it! It’s very interesting) and if you read Dark Matter and make some reasearch about String theory and Holographic Principle you will definitely understand what happens in this book.

It is mindblowing since the beginning until the end, the plot is fascinating, captivating; you would never want to get out of this book (or maybe if you’re in Jason Dessen’s shoes I think you would). Of course there will be some moments when you will say WTF I’m reading! But it worths the “brain fracture”.

At some points we question ourselves: Is this the life I really wanted for me? Did I made the right decisions? Well, this book made me think we must stop asking those questions, we must live, enjoy our love ones, enjoy the life we have and work for the goals we always wanted to achieve.

The characters, the plot, every little particle comprising Dark Matter is meticulously well done. It seems Crouch has made a lot of research to end up doing such a great work of art.

As always, here are some quotes that caught my attention and I want to share with you all:

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious”. Einstein.

“How horrifying infinity really is”.

“When you write something, you focus your full attention on it. It’s almost imposible to write one thing while thinking about another. The act of putting it on paper keeps your thoughts and intentions aligned”.

Finally, I recommend this book to everyone who wants to blow their mind away, for sure, it will.

Rating.

5/5★s

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