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Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  105 reviews
This is the story of a girl who sees a boy float away one fine day. This is the story of the girl who reaches up for that boy with her hand and with her heart. This is the story of a girl who takes on the army to save a town, who goes toe-to-toe with a mad scientist.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 15th 2014 by ChiTeen (first published March 18th 2014)
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it's no secret that i love both czp and paul tremblay, who is 1/2 of this p.t. jones person. or, rather, pseudonym - i don't think they have actually been fused together. yet.

and i am very excited that czp has created the chiteen imprint and are branching out into the YA-verse, bringing their trademark dark fantasy and incredible covers to a younger audience. this is the premier title in that endeavor (although they seem to have retroactively added three of their older titles to the chiteen impr
Sep 13, 2014 rated it did not like it

Arc provided by Diamond Book Distributors through Netgalley

Release date: November 11 th

DNF at 11 or 12 % .....

Instead of saying something along the line of this being a mess, and how much I didn't enjoy it (something that you can probably see by my rating), I am just going to share with you guys, what I felt while reading a few pages of the story.


Oh, for Heaven's sake, could you stop with the religious references already?
Yes, I get it, you're different!
And...extremely judgemen
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

This book is so.. strange and not in a good way.

The truth is, this book has a lot of potential! I mean look at that cover! Look at that title! And that blurb! Everything looks exciting so it's not really the readers fault to have a high expectation!

Everything just fell flat. From the characters to the story pacing to the way the author ended the story. First of all, it's too short. So yeah, the explanation about the Floating Boy is unbelievable and so head scratching. Second, the ch
Sarah Marie
Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly by P.T. Jones

DNF-1 stars

Mary doesn’t know what to think when she’s at a lame birthday party with her lame overly religious family when a boy floats up a tree and into the sky. She doesn’t know what to do when her brother starts to float to and other kids. The prospect of this novel is different and cute. I thought I would enjoy it. Sadly I didn’t. I DNFed 91 pages in. I have enough back story on this novel to say that this novel isn’t for me. The writin

I've had this book on my TBR for a while now because I downloaded it on Netgalley and never fit in the time to read it. Instead I found it on Hoopla recently (my love for that app never ends) and dove it.

This was a quick read. Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly is a simplistic contemporary fantasy. It opens on Mary (our narrator, and I just had to look up her name because it's used so rarely in the book) who is at a family reunion when she spots someone she's never seen before. A boy, w
Lauren Kathryn
I like to think that I'm a quirky individual. Therefore I tend to gravitate towards books that I get the same unique vibe from. Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly is mostly definitely different!

So our story begins with Mary, who is like most A-typical YA main characters - she's odd, goes against the grain and has some underlying issue that prevents her from becoming a stable, functioning member of the local society. Now, throw in an extremely religious family, a small town and a little b
Darlene Cruz
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Here is a story you can either go one way or the other. I lean towards the "Wow Factor.'" When Mary the fifteen year old soccer player introduced us to her weird family, the God Squad aka Claremonts, things get pretty crazy. A birthday party scene, Mary's cousin Jack turns one, here Mary noticed a strange boy about her age stuffing his face with cheesy Doritos. One moment Mary having fun in a kiddy pool and she see's the strange boy twitching, legs looks like it will buckle. Now strange boy floa ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, can I just say that this book was absolutely adorable. I really enjoyed it. I thought that the characters (especially Mary) were so relatable and didn't gloss over real teen problems whilst also not allowing them to take over the story, i.e Mary’s character didn’t completely revolve around Mary’s anxiety but accepted it as a part of her character as a whole. I really appreciated that. The plot was fast paced and driven and it kept me intrigued until the very end. It was really ligh ...more
Josef Hernandez
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from ChiZine and its new imprint, ChiTeen

For a full review, please go to and follow me on Twitter @josenher
This collaboration didn't really work for me, but this was still an okay read.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

This is an odd review to write. Then again, this is an odd book to begin with.

I did love the concept of the book. The idea of a boy who can float and fly and can do cool things is pretty intriguing.

But there was just something that was missing.

A lot of the time I felt like there were these HUGE chunks of the book missing. Like the parts where an explanation was given, or a conversation had, or a conclusion reached, or a description of something other than cows. There was a lot of skipp
Stefani Sloma
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
You can read this review and more on my blog, Caught Read Handed. Actual Rating: 5/10

Mary is a normal teenager, but her life gets flip turned upside down when, at her young cousin’s birthday party, a teenage boy climbs up into a tree and takes off – floating away in the wind. When most of the other kids in town start to float as well, including her little brother, things start to get weird. Her brother Terry gets kidnapped and the government puts a quarantine on her town. How is Mary supposed to
C. Purtill
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover -yes. The jacket copy - oh yes. But...but...I wanted to love this more than I did.

Mary is at her cousin's birthday party when she thinks she sees a boy fly from a tree. Now, everyone covers it up, including some wacky "balloon guy" and no one believes her. She has, after all, had some personal troubles. Nothing she states explicitly but maybe it was depression, maybe it was something else, something that made doctors want to give her meds.

Then she sees her brother float on the ceiling
Wednesday Wright
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Floating boy and the Girl who Couldn’t Fly is told in first person point of view. From the very beginning this novel engages you through humor as the main character Mary describes how there are worse ways to spend her summer afternoon than at her little cousins birthday party. Things begin to get interesting when an uninvited guest shows up to the party and takes flight after stuffing his face with party snacks. Suddenly, the mysterious floati
Jamie Grefe
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this one with my seventh grade class and they LOVED IT--the pacing, the voice, the characters, the action, the floating, the twists, and the language. Hearing twelve/thirteen year old students call out passages that they admire the sound and shape of is an awesome thing. Reading their own work and seeing how they're totally copying this P.T. Jones voice (trying to, coming close) is also cool. They can do no wrong.

As a teacher, this book is a great class read--certainly giv
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I was given an ARC from Netgalley. All comments are my own.

I absolutely adored this book! Great for young teens, especially those who are into weird adventures with a little tiny bit of young romance.

The story centres around Mary or Mare as her friends call her, who accidentally meets a boy that floats - literally - at her young cousin's birthday party. That's where the adventure begins, when she tries to find out more about floating boy.

At first I thought maybe it's her imagination, or mayb
Liezl Ruiz
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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The introduction was promising when it comes to the "feels" of the characters. Unfortunately, the authors focused on the plot that the emotional connection between Mary and Floating Boy to me as a reader was trampled. I love the emotional factor, it was what has driven me to read the book halfway.

And then the story took a turn and just focused on what's going on in Ipswich.

Ipswich by the way is a very curious place. The authors had chosen a perfect spot for shady ex
Kimberly Westrope
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
From the first time Mary sees the boy floating up above the trees at her cousin's birthday party, she is awestruck. Of course, it's a strange occurrence, and while the adults and press are trying to explain it all away, Mary is set on finding out more about the boy.

When her younger brother begins floating around the house, Mary is really shaken and becomes even more determined to find answers. The second time she crosses paths with the floating boy, a bond begins between them. Together, they try
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-stars
The writing in this book isn’t the best ever, but I did really enjoy reading it and when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it.

The book starts with Mary at a family party, where she and everyone else witness a boy float away. Soon other kids in town start floating too, including her brother. From there the story takes off and there were quite a few twists and turns I didn’t see coming.

It’s been a while since I read this, and I can’t remember much about the characters, and that should proba
Jun 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had a lot of problems with this book. I could not relate to the main character at all, and I'm not even sure hat her name is. Mares? Mary something? Floating Boy, as the main character called him throughout the whole story, was crying and floating. He felt like a child. He crashed a birthday party and then, without knowing, it infected all the adults in the town with influensa. All the other children started to float? Yep.

I'm not saying it was all bad, I'm just saying it's not for me.
Dotti Enderle
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy through NetGalley, and wow, I'm so glad I did! Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly is a unique mixture of fantasy and fun. Mary's a great protagonist with a true teen voice. Her quirky personality and cute observations kept me smiling throughout the book. It's one of those books I wish I had written.

Highly recommend.
Kara Bianca
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really enjoyable read! There were certainly flaws regarding the depth of plot and characters, but it was a really interesting concept and the writing style was very engaging and I just really enjoyed reading it. 3.5 stars!

Not for me, can't get into this. Maybe I'll return to it later.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
You let me down again, School Library Journal.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Big thumbs up! The write was a little difffernt but was written like teenager would talk and think.
I really enjoyed this. Quirky plot, and fast-paced which made it seem even shorter.
Jillian Lopez
what the f did I just read..............
Donna Tubig
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly Another book which I picked up from the “Read Now” section of NetGalley, I didn’t know what to make of this book even by reading just the summary. Part of me, though, was hoping this book would take on the more ‘whimsical’, metaphorical turn and deliver that kind of atmosphere, with characters that would really stick and a story that would move me.
The book, sadly, didn’t take such a turn. It had so much potential but fell flat with probably t
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Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six collections. He really likes werewolves and slashers. Favorite novels change daily, but Valis and Love Medicine and Lonesome Dove and It and The Things They Carried are all usually up there somewhere. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado. It's a big change from the West Texas he grew up in. He's married with a couple kids, and probably one ...more