How it Feels to Float
WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S AWARD PRIZE FOR WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULTS 2020
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication date: 23rd April 2019
Genre: Young Adult
RRP: $17.99 AUD
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
How it Feels to Float is a heartfelt story of teenage Biz’s life with mental illness.
The story is told in the first person through Biz’s eyes, so we get to experience exactly how she feels. Her highs and lows.
Biz is a girl who thinks deeply and feels deeply. Her father’s death when she was only 7 years old has had an enormous affect on her and she seems to connect her inability to cope in some way with her father’s death and needs to bring him to life in her mind. There is an element of magical realism as Biz talks with her father’s ghost.
I usually find it hard to connect with a character with depression because I don’t understand it. I can't understand that darkness that envelops them. But what I ascertained from the story is don’t try to understand just be there for them and give support without advice or judgement.
This is the kind of unconditional support that Biz received from Jasper (a boy from school) and his grandmother, Sylvia.
Biz goes through a few ups and many more downs but she manages, sometimes with the help of professionals, to stay afloat.
How it Feels to Float is a story both heartbreaking and uplifting filled with despair, hope and love.
My rating 5/5
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This review is part of the Book Lover Book Review Aussie Author Challenge