Read The First Excerpt From Jennifer Niven’s HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE

Jennifer Niven’s HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE explores the secrets we keep and how they draw us together!

Jennifer Niven’s Young Adult tearjerker All The Bright Places won over the hearts of fans with its equally heartbreaking and life-affirming messages about grief, love, and mental illness. Now fans are getting their first look at her next YA venture, Holding Up The Universe!

Mashable released the author’s foreword to the novel as well a lengthy excerpt introducing Libby, an overweight teen who struggles with a complex family life, and Jack, a popular guy with a disarming secret.

Here’s a quick taste:

Have I been officially diagnosed? No. And not just because I’m guessing this is beyond the pay grade of Dr. Blume, town pediatrician. Not just because for the past few years my parents have had more than their share of shit to deal with. Not just because it’s better not to be the freak. But because there’s a part of me that hopes it isn’t true. That maybe it will clear up and go away on its own. For now, this is how I get by:

Nod/smile at everyone. Be charming.

Be “on.”

Be goddamn hilarious.

Be the life of the party, but don’t drink. Don’t risk losing control (that happens enough when sober).

Pay attention.

Do whatever it takes. Be lord of the douche. Anything to keep from being the prey. Always better to hunt than be hunted.

I’m not telling you all this as an excuse for what I’m about to do. But maybe you can keep it in mind. This is the only way to stop my friends from doing something worse , and it’s the only way to stop this stupid game. Just know that I don’t want to hurt anyone. That’s not why. Even though that’s the thing that’s going to happen.

Sincerely yours, Jack

PS. You’re the only person who knows what’s wrong with me.

Prosopagnosia /präsəpaɡˈnōZH(ē)ə/ noun: 1. an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, typically as a result of damage to the brain; 2. when everyone is a stranger.


Holding Up The Universe hits shelves on October 4, 2016. It’s available for pre-order now via Amazon.

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