Jennifer Niven - Author

About the Author

Jennifer Niven is the author of two narrative non-fiction books, The Ice Master and Ada Blackjack; a high school memoir, The Aqua Net Diaries; and four historical novels for adults: Velva Jean Learns to Drive (based on her Emmy Award-winning film of the same name), Velva Jean Learns to Fly, Becoming Clementine, and the forthcoming American Blonde. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles and you can learn more about her at www.jenniferniven.com. All the Bright Places is her first book for young adults.

Featured books by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

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.  

Other books by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2016

ANew York TimesBestsellerFrom the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someoneand love someonefor who they truly are.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 gamewhich lands them in group counseling and community serviceLibby 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 areand seeing them right back."e;Niven is adept at creating characters. . . . [Libby's] courage and body-positivity make fora joyful reading experience."e;--The New York Times';Holding Up the Universe . . . taps into the universal need to be understood. To be wanted. And that's what makes it such a remarkable read.'TeenVogue.com, ';Why New Book Holding Up the Universe Is the Next The Fault in Our Stars'"e;Want a love story that will give you all the feels? . . . You'll seriously melt!"e; Seventeen Magazine

Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

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.  

Toate acele locuri minunate

Toate acele locuri minunate

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 11/02/2016

O emotionanta poveste de dragoste despre o fata care invata sa traiasca de la un baiat care vrea sa moara. Theodore Finch e fascinat de moarte E i se gndeE te nencetat la tot felul de modalitA E i n care E i-ar putea pune capA t zilelor.Violet Markey trA ieE te pentru viitor, numA rnd zilele rA mase pnA la absolvire.Cand Finch ar putea evada att din micul ei oraE din Indiana, ct E i din suferinE a copleE itoare provocatA de recenta moarte a surorii sale.Cnd Finch E i Violet se ntlnesc pe marginea clopotniE ei de la E coalA , nu este foarte limpede cine pe cine salveazA . Iar cnd devin parteneri ntr-un proiect de descoperire a minunilor naturale"e; din statul lor, amndoi fac descoperiri mult mai importante: Finch poate fi el nsuE i numai alA turi de Violet. Iar Violet numai alA turi de Finch poate uita de numA rA toarea zilelor E i poate ncepe sA le trA iascA . nsA , n timp ce lumea lui Violet creE te, a lui Finch ncepe sA scadA .O carte impresionantA despre doi liceeni amuzanE i, fragili E i suferinzi. -- Entertainment Weekly Multe romane pentru adolescenE i trateazA teme similare, dar puE ine o fac ntr-o manierA memorabilA . -- Kirkus ReviewsAi terminat Sub aceeaE i stea? PoE i ncepe acest roman emoE ionant despre o fatA care E i promite sieE i sA trA iascA avnd un rost, dupA o relaE ie cu un bA iat care plA nuieE te sA -E i ia viaE a. -- SELF MagazineMA nvelesc n pilotA ct de strns pot - astfel nct nu mai pot zA ri nici camera - E i mA ntind pe spate n pat, ca o mumie. Este o modalitate de a conserva cA ldura E i lumina, ca sA nu mai poatA ieE i iar. ntind o mnA prin deschizA turA E i apuc altA carte, apoi alta. E i dacA viaE a ar fi aE a? FA cutA numai din pA rE i fericite, niciuna ngrozitoare, nici mA car neplA cutA . E i dacA ne-ar sta n putere sA decupA m rA ul, pur E i simplu, E i sA pA strA m doar binele? Asta este ceea ce vreau sA fac pentru Violet - sA -i ofer numai binele, sA o E in departe de rA u, aE a nct acel bine sA rA mnA pentru totdeauna mprejurul nostru."e;

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2015

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.Soon to be a major motion picturestarring Elle Fanning!Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ';natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himselfa weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.Includes a PDF Help Line Resource Guide and a Note Read by the Author.

American Blonde

American Blonde

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2014

A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom? In 1945 Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel film of her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand-new name. As "e;Kit Rogers,"e; she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past. But when one of her best friends dies mysteriously and the most powerful studio in the world launches a cover-up, Velva Jean goes in search of the truth-risking her own life, as well as her heart, in the process. Set during Hollywood's golden age and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, American Blonde will mesmerize readers of The Chaperone as well as fans of the Velva Jean series.

Becoming Clementine

Becoming Clementine

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2012

Summer 1944, Paris, a secret mission, a dangerous passion-a spellbinding story you will never forget After delivering a B-17 Flying Fortress to Britain, an American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action. Their plane is shot down, and only she and five agents survive. Now they are on the run for their lives. As they head to Paris, the beautiful aviatrix Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux, a daring woman on a mission with her team to capture an operative known only as Swan. Once settled on Rue de la Neva, Clementine works as a spy with the Resistance and finds herself falling in love with her fellow agent Emile, a handsome and mysterious Frenchman with secrets of his own. When Clementine ends up in the most brutal prison in Paris while trying to help Emile and the team rescue Swan, she discovers the depths of human cruelty, the triumph of her own spirit, and the bravery of her team, who will stop at nothing to carry out their mission.

The Ice Master

The Ice Master

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Drawing on previously unpublished letters of journals of crew members, their descendants and, astonishingly, interviews with survivors, Jennifer Niven's book is a riveting account of one of the most ambitious - and disastrous - Arctic expeditions ever mounted. It is a story about unlikely heroes and unexpected villains - humans reduced to their primal needs by the infinite power and mystery of nature... 'For more than 30 years I have been reading polar survival stories, but none so gripping and meticulously based on the written accounts of the survivors as The Ice Master' Ranulph Fiennes, Daily Mail 'A powerful narrative' Independent 'Riveting and meticulously researched' Sunday Telegraph 'Niven's remarkable epic is something special...an astonishing read.' Publishing News 'With so much repetitive polar stuff on the market, it is a relief to come across something fresh' Literary Review

Ada Blackjack

Ada Blackjack

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2012

From the author of The Ice Master comes the remarkable true story of a young Inuit woman who survived six months alone on a desolate, uninhabited Arctic islandIn September 1921, four young men and Ada Blackjack, a diminutive 25-year-old Eskimo woman, ventured deep into the Arctic in a secret attempt to colonize desolate Wrangel Island for Great Britain. Two years later, Ada Blackjack emerged as the sole survivor of this ambitious polar expedition. This young, unskilled woman--who had headed to the Arctic in search of money and a husband--conquered the seemingly unconquerable north and survived all alone after her male companions had perished.Following her triumphant return to civilization, the international press proclaimed her the female Robinson Crusoe. But whatever stories the press turned out came from the imaginations of reporters: Ada Blackjack refused to speak to anyone about her horrific two years in the Arctic. Only on one occasion--after charges were published falsely accusing her of causing the death of one her companions--did she speak up for herself.Jennifer Niven has created an absorbing, compelling history of this remarkable woman, taking full advantage of the wealth of first-hand resources about Ada that exist, including her never-before-seen diaries, the unpublished diaries from other primary characters, and interviews with Ada's surviving son. Ada Blackjack is more than a rugged tale of a woman battling the elements to survive in the frozen north--it is the story of a hero.

Velva Jean Learns to Drive

Velva Jean Learns to Drive

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2009

Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "e;live out there in the great wide world."e; Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher. As their tumultuous love story unfolds, Velva Jean must choose between keeping her hard-won home and pursuing her dream of singing in the Grand Ole Opry.

Ice Master

Ice Master

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2001

The Karluk set out in 1913 in search of an undiscovered continent, with the largest scientific staff ever sent into the Arctic. Soon after, winter had begun, they were blown off course by polar storms, the ship became imprisoned in ice, and the expedition was abandoned by its leader. Hundreds of miles from civilization, the castaways had no choice but to find solid ground as they struggled against starvation, snow blindness, disease, exposure--and each other. After almost twelve months battling the elements, twelve survivors were rescued, thanks to the heroic efforts of their captain, Bartlett, the Ice Master, who traveled by foot across the ice and through Siberia to find help.Drawing on the diaries of those who were rescued and those who perished, Jennifer Niven re-creates with astonishing accuracy the ill-fated journey and the crews desperate attempts to find a way home.

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