How It Feels to Float
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“Life is terrible and beautiful, isn’t it? It’s the best/worst at the exact same time, all possibilities at once.”
I absolutely adored this book and read it at the perfect time for me. This is a powerful YA contemporary that deals with mental illness, sexuality, grief, family, friendship and more.
There is so much to love about this book:
1. The mental illness rep. This is one of the most authentic portrayals of mental illness I have ever read (this is own voices for the mental illness re ...more
(full review to come!)
We stare into the fire. It makes shapes for us to see....more
“I don’t mind not knowing the universe is filled with incomprehensible things. We exist inside a multitude of singularities. I accepted this a long time ago.”I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that How It Feels to Float is one of the most stunning debuts I’ve read recently. There’s such a calming rhythm to the writing that pulls you into Biz’s chaotic thoughts. It’s quite the perfect pairing. The writing is lyrical, poetic, and about as close as you can get to a novel told in verse, ...more
1. Lovely writing . Fox does not write the average YA fiction here. She uses descriptive prose and free verse split into various formats to make its point of a young girl falling into madness over life, including losing her father (view spoiler)[ to suicide (hide spoiler)]. We see how her mind works via lucid and vivid language.
2. LGB ...more
I feel like I've been from the moon and back after reading this. So powerful. So emotionally intense. I need a nap. lol
Big thanks to the publisher and Bookish First for providing me with an advanced review copy.
TW: depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts and disassociation.
However, this book dealt with the mental health aspect so beautifully and with such grace, I do think it was dealt with with the utmost care and grace. The author explored these mental health issues in such a mov ...more
Biz is a young girl who is struggling with who she is. She has a lot in mind. She doesn’t know who she’s attracted to. Losing her father caused her a trauma. And that causes her mental illness issues. I just felt so bad for Biz. I understand the mental illness and how hard it is. I just can’t imagine how someone with mental illness cope with this issue. I can’t imagine how helpless the ...more
- the cover vaguely reminds me of the cover of sadie
- the protagonist seems bi
- this is about intergenerational trauma, which is fascinating even tho i kind of suck w/ hard-hitting contemporaries
the answer will shock u!
(anyways, thank you to the pub for sending me this via bookishfirst)
I cried several times at th ...more
How It Feels To Float is the sort of book you’d wish you’d read sooner. It successful captures feelings that some of us can never put to words and is so raw and hopeful. It’ll definitely leave you thinking and Biz’s story is one that’s going to stay with me for a long time.
This was definitely a heavy book about depression, death, suicide and PTSD among other things so take note.
This was such a quiet and touching novel! The writing style was so lovely. It was kind of a slow paced, wistful, ...more
This is a debut by an Australian author featuring an Australian teen in Wollongong – I don’t read as much #loveozya as I should, so I’m glad I was given a chance to read this. The book takes you on a journey through the fractured mindscape of our protagonist, Biz, as she teeters on the verge of a breakdown.
As someone who has lived with depression for over a decade, I’m drawn to books that deal with mental health issues. What I really appreciate is that this is an #ownvo ...more
How it Feels to Float is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read, and that isn’t something I say lightly. Biz’s story has ingrained itself in me so deeply and I will forever carry her with me. This is one of the most accurate portrayals of mental illness I’ve ever seen and it absolutely blew me away.
Helena Fox’s writing is beautiful and poetic. Lacking chapters, the novel is broken into incredibly short parts that flow ...more
I am oddly amazed by this book. What a beautiful work of fiction. I'm mainly impressed by the language and the writing. It was an honest take on mental health and I was mesmerized.
Honestly, I picked up this book because of the title and the cover. Something about it caught my eye and all I could think was, "There is something about this book and I need to figure out what that somethi ...more
How it Feels to Float wasn’t really like any book I’ve read before. The writing style was really different and it did take me a while to get into the swing of it, but once I did it suited the story so well. This is a book about grief and a book about mental health. It’s a book about bullying and a book about the affect all those things have on both the person experiencing t ...more
How useless/stupid/hopeless you are?
Of course the waves should take you.
They should (45).
I was 100% prepared to dislike this book. Rereading the synopsis, I found myself wondering why I was so desperate to get my hands on yet another book about grief and loss and maybe something about water? But I took this book in my hands, and I started reading.
Turns out, I am ready for the test. My brain fires up and the neurons make my hand move and the formulas co ...more
1) This book has a unique style of writing. It is often "poetic", but it is not one long poem. I do not actually read much poetry, but I did enjoy this book.
2) The issues (e.g. mental illness, grief, friendship, sexual identity) were a part of certain character's stories, but I never felt like I was "being taught a lesson" or that any one thing fully defined any character. It ...more
Biz has a lot on her mind. She’s struggling with who she is, who is she attracted to, should she reach out to the new guy, what does she want to do with her life, why does she feel like ...more
Firstly, thank you so much Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy. I can see how this book is going to be a big hit for some readers and the writing style is incredible. However, this one fell a little flat for me.
There was no clear climax or resolution, the story seemed to plateau from the end of Part one. I really did enjoy the writing style and the way the author worked in little Australianisms here and ...more
I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this book so I’m giving an in between rating because of how in between I feel about it.
I really like Biz (short for Elizabeth)
I love the cover
I love the friendship between Biz and Sylvia
Jasper is great
Dealing with PTSD/Dissociative Disorder in a manner that is handled beautifully
I’m always down for a contemporary that deals with grieving
Also love when nontraditional families are utilized and this family was great
My only issues are I wanted more at the end, I’m usually alright with open-ended books, but in this one I wanted a specific ending and many questions were left unanswered. Also, I wish there was ...more
This book was received as an ARC from BookishFirst,in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own
Helena Fox’s debut novel, How it Feels To Float, is an incredible moving book.
A gripping portrayal of a young girl troubled life coping with grief, loss , and inter-generational mental illness.
This is a raw and phenomenal book, You come ...more
How it feels to float is an #ownvoices story about grief, mental illness, family and friendship.
It’s fairly well documented that I like a pace-y plot, but this book is slow and ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. I honestly wasn’t bored for a single second. Didn’t feel the need to skip ahead to find the action. The prose in this novel is beautiful and engaging and feels so very raw and real. Biz floats, and the reader is fully immersed in how that feels. I would ...more
I won a copy of this book from BookishFirst. I do not read a lot of books with Australia as the setting, so it took a while to get used to some of the lingo and language used. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It went at a fairly good pace with significant events happening regularly. The characters were interesting and diverse. It turns out high school and teenage relationships in Australia are fairly similar to high school in America. Poor Biz. Her journey was interesting. If you ...more
It's nice to see mental health rep in a YA novel especially where the prose is gorgeous. However, I didn't get lost in this book as much as I would have liked to. The narrative is meant to reflect Grace's disassociation from reality as she deals with the loss of her father and her previous friend group abandoning her, but sometimes a lot of details got muddled in the jumping around/alternating between past and present. Like the ending which was sup ...more
She has travelled widely, living in Peru, Spain, the U.K, Samoa, and the US. Of all her adventures, Helena is proudest of the work she has done helping young people find and express their voice.
How It Fee ...more