Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – Mental Health
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: A (90%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, who loves her so hard, and who shouldn’t be here but is. So Biz doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn’t tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was six. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface–normal okay regular fine.
But after what happens on the beach–first in the ocean, and then in the sand–the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears, and with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe–maybe maybe maybe–there’s a third way Biz just can’t see yet.
Mental Health is my weakness in Young Adult novels. I don’t know what it is about it, or what it is that pins my heart to that genre, but it’s a fact I’ve come to live with. How it Feels to Float explores the loss of someone close and how hard it can be to shake the feeling of them being gone. It explores what it’s like to be a teenager, friendship, and how sometimes you can find a friend in the most unusual of places.
How it Feels to Float is written a little differently to what I’m used to seeing in these sorts of novels. The sentences don’t flow into one another, and sometimes, not everything makes sense, but I loved it. It made Biz, the main character, feel that much more real. I could feel my heart tearing with every page I turned, I could feel how relatable and real this book is. (I definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy!!)
I cried throughout the majority of this book. I found that tissues became my best friend, and I’m not ashamed to admit that. If a book can make you cry, then it’s a good book. You have to really connect to those pages, to the characters and what’s happening to them to cry when something happens.
There are many great reviews from established authors such as:
Every now and then you pick up a novel and you know you’ve found something wonderful – a glorious voice, a character you adore. Helena Fox’s novel delivers. It is exquisite. Read it.Cath Crowley, author of Words in Deep Blue.
A profoundly moving story about grief, loss, and love that will take your breath away. Helena Fox is a writer to be reckoned with.Kathleen Glasgow, author of How to Make Friends with the Dark
Impossibly beautiful, life-affirming, profound. This is not a book; it is a work of art.Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She Drowned
It’s honestly a phenominal read. If you like All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven or Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel then I recommend picking this one up.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10