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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Welcome to The Great Recession, when companies are laying people off left and right, and even Big Law isn't hiring anymore. At least there's no place at Robertson, Levine & Shemke for 46-year-old Norma Reyes, a recent graduate from an unremarkable fourth-tier law school. Short on luck and desperate for a job, Norma accepts RLS's offer to work as a "floater" (i.e., rotating ...more
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Published August 4th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Debbie "DJ"
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time with this read. In the beginning we meet Norma, a Hispanic woman who has taken the bar exam hoping to find permanent work with the law firm she has already spent numerous hours with as a summer intern. Once she applies for the job however, she is told the company has a hiring freeze on first year associates and can only hire her as a "floater"(i.e., rotating secretary). She soon discovers that ten first year associates have been hired, and this begins her search into the seriou ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-york-city
For me, a floater is an annoying dot, scurrying speedily around inside my eye, messing with my vision. Norma is a floater (a "roaming" secretary), speeding around a toxic office, and she, too, is annoying. Or maybe it’s the author who's annoying, because she’s trying to tell me Norma is believable, and I’m having trouble with that. We’ll get to that in a minute.

The book opens with Norma starting her job as a floater in a law firm. She expected to get a job as a lawyer, but because she’s a middl
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to the author for her kind offer of a hard copy to read and review!

I just finished reading The Floater, and I enjoyed it immensely. I always looked forward to reading it, and that's always my sign of a good read. I liked Norma, a woman struggling with a very troubled upbringing, while facing blatant racial discrimination in her work place. I enjoyed the legal aspect and found it very thorough and informative. Norma had many many flaws to her character, but she was real, and although
Elyse  Walters
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.999999999 Enormously engaging on both an emotional and intellectual level. I read it without stopping. I loved it completely.

Sheryl Sorrentino created two compelling-unforgettable main characters: Norma & Oscar

Norma & Oscar are 'both' minorities who work for "Roberston, Levine & Shemke", Law Firm: "A throwback to another area" ....["Mad Men"].
RLS is a cut-throat-hostile work environment. Office tensions are high with infantile misbehavior in the workplace. Workaholics with mean streaks, gossi
Glenda Bixler
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
The cover of Sorrentino's novel, The Floater is eye-catching and fun, but there are surprising scenes behind it that are thought-provoking, revealing...and so very human... Readers enter into the life of one woman, Norma Reyes. While she may not in any way match your own personal profile, she and her friend, Oscar, do well represent today's life style. In fact, it is "kinda" scary just how much you may find in this novel to relate to...

Sorrentino places us squarely into the hardship of Norma's f
Randy Wilson
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've spent nearly twenty years of my career working in law firms big and small. And I can vouch for how well "The Floater" nails the petty power slights, the stiff hierarchy and the arrogance of the lawyers, that is all too real in the legal industry.

Norma is a believable character with plenty of street and book smarts that she earned the hard way as a middle-aged latina who couldn't rely on youth, attractiveness or her non-existent old boy's network to get ahead in this high-powered legal world
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Good. The first thing I noticed about this story was its organized, clean, and patient writing.

The Mmeh Okay. This aspect really pulled me into the folds of its loquacious sphere, even as I tried to connect with the values of the 46-year old unmarried, childless Norma. She tried to explain herself, but it became tougher on each encounter, and there were many... the mother who could no longer help herself, the sister who couldn't help herself, the landlord w/benefits??... the law firm and its
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I read this back a while back now, but i forgot to write a review and rate it! so i need to re-read it in order to give a solid review.

But i really remember loving it. It was for sure a new type of read for me. I usually go for totally different genres like YA. Dystopia. Classics. And the like.
I remember when i was in the 10th grade i read a more "adult like" book . With older characters. It was by Danielle Steel. The point is that those type of books are good to read every once in while. I tho
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Norma Reyes has worked hard to improve her life, from leaving Puerto Rico for mainland U.S. to working her way up to a supervisor role at a call centre and putting herself through a bachelor degree part-time - all while financially supporting her younger sister who lives on welfare while caring for her son who has autism. Then she loses her job due to outsourcing, takes her newly widowed, dementia-suffering mother into her tiny apartment, and puts herself through a law degree all at the same tim ...more
Norma Reyes is not the normal 46-year-old woman. She is a recent law school graduate supporting her elderly mother who unfortunately has dementia. After working as a summer law clerk at a prestigious law firm and taking the bar exam, Norma is confident she'll land a job immediately. But due to the recession, she is only hired as a floater. No, not the "stubborn piece of shit bobbing in the toilet" but a rotating secretary. The job is just a pit stop until the economy gets better, or so Norma hop ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, latin
It's been awhile since I've written a book review. I was saving my energy to trash, Fifty Shades of Grey, but I still can't do it - too much anger spewing, and not enough energy.

Okay, moving along, to a much better book. Okay, that's not a very good compliment, since anything is better than Fifty Shades of Grey...ha! Seriously though, I just finished reading the book, The Floater, by Sheryl Sorrentino, and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Funny thing, I only read the book becaus
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Norma Reyes is 46 years old, a recent law school graduate who lives with her elderly mother. It is 2009 and the job market for new lawyers looks dismal; as a result, Norma accepts a job as a floating secretary for the law firm she interned at. While working as a floater, Norma meets Oscar who works in the copy center. The two quickly fall for one another, but Norma’s work situation goes from bad to worse when Oscar recovers a memo revealing Norma was not hired as a lawyer at the firm for reasons ...more
M.C. Walker
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What makes an average novel great? For me the novel has to do three things: be authentic, powerful and vibrant, and a well developed plot. The Floater does just that. Norma Reyes is middle aged and working hard to make more than a difference in society. Just like the rest of us Norma is faced with more than a few obstacles and hurdles to overcome. You'll find yourself cheering, laughing, and at times even crying as the Norma becomes a classic modern day character like so many of us. Sorrentino i ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, favorites
This book was awesome. Sheryl I want to thank you. I have read so many books where I found the characters somewhat unbelievable because I couldn't relate to the attitudes or lives. Not the case with this book. I saw myself in Norma. I felt at times like this book was written for me especially. It's funny because my neice calls me Titi too! Thanks Sheryl. I'm so glad I won your book in the giveaways! Your one of my new favorite authors!
Yalda Vahdani
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Floater's insightful journey into the inner workings of Big Law ring true to life. Norma is a strong, intelligent character who fights her way from the inside and finds love in the process. This book is so captivating that while reading on the train I missed my stop and ended up a few cities past home! I highly recommend this book!
I enjoyed this novel which deals with the discrimination a Puerto Rican woman suffers at the hands of a big law firm.

Norma Reyes had decided in her 40's to pursue a legal career primarily to make big money to support her many family members dependent on her. After having completed her education, she begins the processing of interning at a law firm in hopes of being hired. Her plans take a detour when she is not offered a 1st year associates position. In her desperation to get to this "big bucks"
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I would give The Floater 31/2 stars. Norma, the main character, is a forty-six year old Puerto Rican woman who has completed a law degree and is waiting to find out if she passed the bar exam. She is working at a big law firm as a floater because the firm said they couldn't hire her after she worked for them as an intern. She knows she isn't being offered a job as a lawyer anywhere else because of the bad economy. The environment at the law firm is toxic and the lawyers ask her to do a series of ...more
Julie Barrett
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Floater by Sheryl Sorrentino
Warning: graphic scenes..
Like how the book has multiple meanings that are explained as you read.
This book is about Norma who not only worked 8 hours a day but went to college to get a law degree. She then brought her mother from PR to live with her as she has dementia.
The story also follows her sister Inez and her family. Love how she goes after what she believes in. Very hard life with no backup and when her mother has gone missing the law firm that she's a float
This book just rubbed me the wrong way. Norma, the main character, was completely unlikable and incredibly unsympathetic. I've never described a fictional character like this, but there's a first time for everything -- she was headache inducingly shrill. She had such a wild and overblown sense of entitlement. You could probably see the chip on her shoulder from outer space.

I should have DNF'd this one because I found myself annoyed at the mere thought of picking it up everytime I tried to read
Alisha Simko
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sheryl Sorentino is one heck of a writer, her books get me so drawn in and not only is the story so real, touching, heartfelt has been educational for me in a fun kind of way. This is my 2nd book I've read by Sheryl Sorrentino and I will read every last one and the ones that she writes in the future. Thanks Sheryl for taking me on another adventure!!!! 5 star book!
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
“The Floater” tells the story of Puerto Rican 46-year-old Norma Reyes, who managed to make it through law school while taking care of her ill mother and various family members. She takes a job working as a Floating Secretary at a law firm, hoping to be hired on as a lawyer.

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Sheryl Sorrentino is the author of six very different novels: Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz (which recounts a neglected twelve-year-old’s devastating pregnancy); An Unexpected Exile (a romantic ride with Risa Weinberg, a 29-year old Jewish fashion merchandiser who is relentlessly pursued by a charismatic and slightly "off-kilter" Sandinista rebel); The Floater ...more

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