How It Feels To Float by Helena Fox - Book Review

Good afternoon fellow book nerds! 

Today brings us a wonderful little blog spotlight for Helena Fox's debut novel How It Feels to Float. Special thank you to Penguin Random House/ Penguin Teen for this ARC of the novel. LET'S GET INTO IT!!

TItle: How It Feels To Float
Author: Helena Fox
Publisher: Penguin Teen ( Dial)
Published: April 23, 2019
Genre/Category: Contemporary
Age Range: Young Adult+

Book Synopsis:

      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, 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 seven. 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.

     Debut author Helena Fox tells a story about love and grief, about inter-generational mental illness, and how living with it is both a bridge to someone loved and lost and, also, a chasm. She explores the loss of the hard and beautiful place can take us and honors those who hold us tightly when the current wants to tug us out to sea.

My Thoughts:

So it's been pretty hectic over in my neck of the woods, I've just barely managed to get through finals and I want to give you guys my thoughts about Helena Fox's How It Feels To Float. Through all the craziness of the past two weeks I managed to read this novel, and let me tell you I tried to put it down, but this book guys, this book demanded to be read!

How it Feels to Float is a contemporary YA novel that frankly discusses the effects of mental illnesses on our youth. While reading the novel, I really felt so enamored with everything that Biz's is going through. I contribute this attraction with how wonderful Fox's writing style is because her words read like poetry on the page. It's such an elegant flow of language that makes this novel so enchanting to read.

As someone who struggles with mental illness herself, I really appreciate how tactful Fox is with Biz's narrative( I believe this is an ownvoices novel?). Her story wasn't just about a girl with mental illnesses, she was a girl who was out experiencing life and dealing with grief, pain, and through it all, Biz was trying to find happiness.

How It Feels To Float is painful, hopeful, and empowering read that I highly recommend because of how enchanting the writing and character development were in this novel. You realize just how precious the little moment is in life, and you'll be happier because of it! I recommend this book to someone who looks for a book similar to It's Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

Story Content:

Mental Illness Representation

Strong Friendship

Sexuality Exploration

Author Biographical Sketch:

Helena Fox lives in Wollongong, Australia, where she runs creative writing workshops for young people. She's a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. How It Feels to Float is her debut novel.

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