Title: How It Feels To Float
Author: Helena Fox
Genre: Contemporary (Young Adult)
About the book: It’s a debut standalone that follows Biz who lost her dad when she was six years old. The story deals with loss, grief, and mental illness.
I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I was drawn to the book because of the title and cover. I haven’t read many contemporary novels set outside of North America, so I enjoyed that it’s set in Australia.
Characters: Biz is an interesting character, and I enjoyed seeing her development. She has flaws, yet I found myself relating to her. The story mainly revolves around Biz, but the secondary characters are great too. I wouldn’t have minded learning more about their pasts or problems.
“You can’t escape your history.”
Writing: The chapters are short. It’s well-written, lyrical even. Fox addresses issues like depression as well as losing a loved one, and she handled them well.
Final thoughts: I had no idea how the plot would play out, but I liked the ending. A lot happens, and everything makes more sense when I finally learned what happened.
I recommend How It Feels To Float to individuals who want to read a beautifully written novel about some difficult matters in life.