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2017 Reading Challenge Book 12 – Holding Up the Universe

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Yesterday I made this weird point/observation/I don’t really know what to call it that the book I was reviewing was finished on Thursday and it’s already being reviewed. Well I can beat that.

I finished this book yesterday. (Also the sticker that was on this book left a mark, and I’m trying to be okay with it, but I’m also really not okay with it…)

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 12, Holding Up the Universe
2017 Reading Challenge, Book 12, Holding Up the Universe

It’s easy to finish a book that quickly when somehow you end up half way through it with only a couple of hours of solid reading. It’s the kind of book that reads like a romcom watches…if that makes sense. It’s not going to reinvent the wheel and not did it really need to. It’s pretty much your classic YA romance. It didn’t really require that much brain power, thankfully, and I enjoyed it enough that I felt perfectly justified to have have bought it just because it was signed by the author.

It started relatively promisingly. I liked the intrigue that the letter created, and it took a couple of chapters for me to realise where it was going and from that point on I kind of stopped being invested…Obviously not uninvested enough to stop reading, but suddenly I realised on some level that there was no way that the actions were going to be redeemed properly, for me anyway. I was mostly right in that sense, but still the book was readable enough that seeing where the story of these two characters goes wasn’t that much of a hardship.

The main characters themselves, Libby and Jack, were fine. They were likeable enough. I mean they also annoyed me to no end and I found them a tad repetitive in their thought processes, which in some way does reflect the way that people think in life, but also just kind of felt like there was nothing more to them then those two things. Those two things being prosopagnoisa for Jack and being overweight for Libby. By the end it just sort of felt like even though those were the things that they didn’t want to be defined by only it was the only thing that they were ever defined by. Jack kind of fell into a couple of stereotypes that annoyed me but he was mostly fine as a character and I liked Libby well enough. In fact it was probably due to the fact that I actually liked the main characters in some capacity that I kept reading it until the end.

In terms of storyline, I mean it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how it’s gonna go. There was never at any point a total element of surprise with this. And it’s not that I went in expecting there to be one, to be honest I went in knowing next to nothing about what the book was even about, but it did just hit all the checkpoints that you expect it to and it all gets tied up in a nice little bow at the end. It’s nice. But it does change the way that you read a book when you know how it’s all gonna go. It becomes more of a case of when something happens then a question as to what happens next.

Niven’s writing style is something that I enjoyed. Like I said, it’s an easy read, it’s a likeable read. It’s the kind of writing style that is just very easy to fall into and move along with. It’s the perfect balance of descriptive and to the point. I liked the fact that it was told from both Jack and Libby’s point of view, in fact I think the fact that I got move between the two is one of the reasons why I didn’t dislike the book. I don’t think I could have lived with just the one of them for over 300 pages. I also wasn’t necessarily crazy about the couple of flashbacks that were dotted through it, I didn’t feel like they added to the overall narrative. I mean I get why they were there, but I didn’t feel like I learned anything from them that I didn’t learn from the main bulk of the narrative.

So, overall I kinda liked this book. It was just what I need at the moment. It was light, frothy (for the most part), easy and left me feeling slightly happier. It wasn’t unexpected. It was safe. It was perfect for this weekend just gone, just because it helped me feeling less like I was in a reading rut. If you’re looking for something fluffy (ish) to read then I’d recommend it. It honestly just feels like reading a romcom and sometimes they are just what you need.

3/5 stars.

Parentheses count: 4. See you tomorrow! (Most likely…I just need to think of a thing to write, but yeah, it will be)

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