Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Nevin
I think I have to credit Goodreads with finding this title. I have been on a more realistic fiction path recently which has not been horrible…it’s just not my normal. I think that I will try Niven’s All The Bright Places since I had success with this one!
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started this book. I almost put it down because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to accept the negativity…but i kept going and i’m glad I did…the negativity plays an important role in this story of acceptance and love and friendship.
Libby is overweight and has been since her life started spiraling out of control after her mom passed away. She quit attending school and got so large that at one point she had been named America’s Fattest Teen. She lost weight, started high school and wondered if she would ever be able to fit in.
Jack Masselin seems to have it all together…a hot on-again-off-again girlfriend, good friends and swagger. But Jack is harboring a deep dark secret that threatens to ruin his entire life. When he decides to write Libby a letter and join the “Fat Girl Rodeo” both lives are changed forever.
A story about acceptance of yourself and others, of true friendship and finding love.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written many things. I found her just by chance. The first thing I read by her, The Fixer, had me turning the pages, wanting more the entire way through. Tess Kendrick has lived with her grandfather “gramps” for many years, after her parents were killed. Her sister, Ivy, is almost non-existent in her life and Tess is bitter about that. When Gramps dies, Tess thinks it will be easy to just live on her own, but Ivy has other plans for Tess.
Ivy is a “fixer” in the often turbulent city of Washington D.C. She fixes all kinds of problems and anytime that Tess wants to know more, Ivy shuts the door. Tess learns family secrets that she couldn’t ever imagine happened. These secrets barely begin to touch the surface of the Kendrick family as well as families of Tess’s new friends.
I think I had started reading an advanced reader’s copy of this and got distracted by something else. Saw it sitting on the shelf at the library and decided to dedicate actual time to it. Kitty Doe lives in a world where your test results dictate the rest of your life. The government allows VI and up access to the best of everything while the II and III struggle just to get by and when they are too old, they are sent to elsewhere….a mysterious place that people don’t seem to return from. Trying to keep her not yet 17 year old boyfriend safe she sets off with her friend Tabs to the underground clubs where she will have to sell her body to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, something happens and 2 weeks later she is no longer herself.
As quick as I wrote that first review, I had book 2 finished and then book 3 was right behind. This is one of my favorite series in a long time. Fast paced, Carter does a great job of grabbing your attention and inviting you to care about these characters. I’m sad the series is over.
What a pleasant surprise! I have not read anything by Ally Carter before and I looked and looked at this one. I had nothing to read one day and picked it up…finally. Grace is sent to live with her grandfather 3 years after her mom dies. Grace is convinced that she saw her mom get murdered but others think she is just crazy. This left me wanting more. With book 2 set to come out in December, I can’t wait to continue on!
So I shelved this under series, even though this could be read independently of The Program and The Treatment. This is a prequel to that duology but it was released after those. I didn’t know when I picked it up that it was a prequel, so I was confused for about 5 pages but then I realized my mistake (seeing as I had read the other 2) and quickly was engrossed. Quinn is a closer and has been since age 7. She steps in to help families grieve and deal with a loss in the family. She is looked upon as a monster by many and when finally, FINALLY, a family sees her for who she is. This twist sends Quinn down an emotional road she hadn’t known was there. Will she abandon her friends and real family? Or will she realize that she is only a substitute even though the family says otherwise.
So if you have followed my blog at all, you know that I love the I.Q. series by Roland Smith. When I read the last one–which I didn’t know was the last–I was pretty upset. I had no hope that anything else would compare. Enter Beneath. The story of Pat and Coop O’Toole…brothers who live in DC suburbs. Always up for an adventurous plan, they did a tunnel under their house. After a fight with his parents, Coop then disappears, and there is no way to contact him as he doesn’t use a cell phone or email. Pat feels betrayed by his brother but when Coop finally contacts Pat things are not as they seem. This was originally going to be a stand alone (according to Smith) but he has decided to add another book to the story called Above due out in 2016. Check out Smith’s website http://www.rolandsmith.com/.
I had no idea that this was the last book of the series. I’m super sad. Following Q and Angela across the country was pure joy. I have recommended this series quite a few times and the kids have never been disappointed. In this final installment we find out about Boone’s true abilities; discover who Number One is; and watch as Q and Angela become true siblings, always looking out for each other. I am anxious to start Roland Smith’s newest book, Beneath (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beneath-roland-smith/1015508478?ean=9780545564861). I usually have one Smith book in my pile at any given time.