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 know who she really is. Following her mom’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. In that moment, 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 impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired 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 in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his 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 and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, 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.


This book was everything I ever wanted from it and more.

The characters from this book I found to be SO interesting, in particular I found myself very intrigued Jack and by his condition and found myself looking into it more while I was reading the book just so that I could learn even more because it wasn’t something that I had ever heard of before. Libby was also a really cool character, she wasn’t your average shy teen, she seemed to be very outgoing and independent and I found that she could stick up for herself when needed and was not a weak character that is for sure.

Jennifer Niven is known for her poetic and just all round obsessive writing style that leaves you just flying through the book. I found that a lot of Jennifer’s writing was very informative and you could tell that a lot of research had been put into the writing of the book. Jennifer is also a fangirl herself, and included so many sneaky but smooth references to other things I love such as The Hunger Games and Supernatural.

The setting of the book was also something I could relate to with the characters being my age but also the fact that they were in school, I found that the school environment was very similar to how I would explain my school (apart from the fact that Australian schools run different to American schools).

Overall, I found this book very addicting, empowering and a very important read. I don’t think I will ever get this book out of my mind fully, the messages and the information it holds really intrigues me. I would for sure recommend this book to anyone that would like to read a book that has a very special message, if you enjoyed Jennifer’s other book, or if you just feel intrigued by learning about quirky and new characters that aren’t your usual protagonists.


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