ClassPass Book Of the Week: A Feel-Good Young Adult Novel

If you love young adult novels, get excited because the newest book from Jennifer Niven comes out next week and you’re definitely going to want to pick up a copy. We’re taking you back to high school with this one where two kids from totally different crowds come together and form a powerful bond.

Holding Up The Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Young Adult
GoodReads Rating: 4.08
My Rating: 4.5

Who Would Love This Book:

People who love to root for the underdogs

Synopsis in 140 characters or less:

Boy with rare (and secret) disease and girl once labeled “america’s fattest teen” strike an unlikely friendship… and then some 😉

Why You Should Read It:

Gosh, I loved this book. On the surface, this book looks like another young adult love story but really it’s so much more. The book centers around two main characters; Libby who was once so overweight she had to be airlifted from her home to the hospital and Jack who seems to be just another popular kid in school but really has prosopagnosia which is a disease that doesn’t allow him to remember faces making everyone (even his family!) a stranger.

This book is told from dual perspectives which really helps you get to know both characters so well. While it begins with them living seemingly separate lives, they are drawn together and learn a lot from one another. While the tale is as old as time (boy meets girl, boy and girl are enemies, boy and girl fall in love) this one feels different and is totally worth the read.

Cara Friedman is the Director of Community at ClassPass. When not trying new classes, you can find Cara at the movies, reading her Kindle or celebrating happy hour.