“Dear Reader: You are wanted. You are necessary. You are loved.”
This appears on the first page of the book and is the first line of a letter written to the reader by the author.
When I read it, and the content of the letter to follow, I knew that this was a book I would love. And I do.
Holding up the Universe is a beautiful, charming, hopeful, awkward, triumphant story of two teens, Jack and Libby, with family and personal issues that make them feel more flawed, more artless, and more unappealing than other teens. But, of course, they are not; they are simply humans, flawed humans like the rest of us dealing with the cards they have been dealt. Interracial relationships, obesity, mental illness, divorce, disease and more–this book gives us a slice of life on every page.
Overall, this is a wondrous little book of joy about finding one’s identity and strength and finding love and acceptance for oneself and others along the way.
I fell in love with Jack and Libby. And you will too. This is a delightful, life-affirming story with endearing characters that won’t leave you anytime soon.