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 see who she really is. Since her mum'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. 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 art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a 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 own 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, Libby and Jack are both angry, 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. Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are - and seeing them right back.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Jennifer Niven has done it again. I remember last year, reading All The Bright Places and sobbing and thinking Jennifer has written such a heartbreakingly beautiful book and when it was announced she was writing another, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy and I was so happy when I got sent a copy from the publishers. I devoured it in one sitting. Jennifer has a wonderful way of writing that just grips you from the beginning and doesn't let you go until you have finished. This book is full of so many things that it was all wrapped together beautifully in this book.
We have chapters from both of the main characters, Libby and Jack. Libby is going to school for the first time in years. When she was younger she was overweight and people knew her as the girl whose house had to be knocked down to remove her, it has been a few years and she has lost weight and is starting to feel more confident in herself. She knows going to school is going to be hard, kids can be cruel but she is ready and she knows she wants to be the best part of herself.
Jack has known since he was little that he is different. After an accident when he was 6, Jack suddenly couldn't recognize anyone, not even his family. It takes him awhile to remember who people are unless they have a distinguishing feature. He hasn't told anyone about it, not even his family and everyone believes he is just very cocky and even stuck up. It is very hard for him to deal with this and he has no one to talk to it about, especially since his family is having some problems...until, he meets Libby.
After a unfortunate incident, they are thrown together and start to spend more time together. Can they both overcome their fears? Can they come to terms with who they are and love themselves and not let anyone make them feel like they aren't wanted.
Libby had some amazing one liners in this book that had me laughing out loud and telling my boyfriend about them. She is very quirky, sarcastic and you can tell that even though she is still coming to terms with herself she is prepared to not let anyone get her down and just be herself. This wonderful character who is bubbly and funny and I really loved reading about her.
Jack is a character you just want to hug. If you didn't know what was going on with him you would think he was an arsehole but he is hiding behind himself. He doesn't know how to be the way he is, how to let everyone know what is going on with him and to just let him be him. He becomes over-confident and cocky but he doesn't like it. He has to do this to feel like he belongs.
Like I said, this was a beautiful story. A lot different from All The Bright Places as this book left me feeling all happy and mushy that I could just re-read this book a million times over. This book is a lot more then romance. It is about family, friends, coming to terms with who you are, not letting people define you and remembering that you are wanted and that is the main thing.
I think Jennifer has written a fantastic book for everyone to enjoy and to make the reader feel like they are wanted and I praise Jennifer for her wonderful new book that will surely take the world by storm.