Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I usually love books about teens dealing with loss especially if they touch on mental illness issues. The new book by Helena Fox has all of those thing but it didn’t quite work for me. Here are my thoughts:
Title: How It Feels to Float
Author: Helena Fox
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Biz knows how to float. She has been floating since she was six and her father died. She just tries to survive and as she moves through the school year it is becoming harder. Biz finds herself drawn to a new student named Jasper who may get her better than anyone else but even he isn’t able to make everything okay. Can Biz deal with her issues to be who she should be?
Review: This book has everything I usually love in a YA book. It’s about loss and pain and trying to figure out how to survive but for some reason it didn’t really work for me. I think my issue was that it felt uneven. The story moved extremely slowly then all of sudden it moved very quickly. It just felt not quite right. Neither did Biz feel quite right as the main character. She just never became fully real to me. I didn’t care about her or her issues. She was just kind of there and it was fine but not great like I had hoped. By the end of the book I found large parts of it to be more frustrating than anything else especially the ending that left a lot of the book feeling unresolved. I’m sure there are readers out there that will love this one but for me it was just kind of okay.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
Want another opinion? Check out Sarah’s review here.