Review: Floored

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Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson & Eleanor Wood
Published by: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: 12th July 2018
Page Count: 320
Edition: Paperback ARC
Genre: Contemporary YA

Thank you to My Kinda Book and Macmillan Children's Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn't that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he's the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn't match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn't as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who's losing her sight but won't admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn't be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.



Thoughts

Floored is one of the most anticipated YA reads of this year and when I got offered an early review copy I was 1) shocked, 2) ecstatic and 3) overjoyed. I honestly couldn't wait to get stuck into this book and see if it really was worth all the early hype. And let me tell you...it really was!

Sasha, Hugo, Velvet, Dawson, Kaitlyn and Joe were strangers when they got in that lift. Sasha, desperately trying to deliver a parcel, Hugo the best looking guy in the lift and eyeing up Velvet, Dawson the child star who isn't as good looking as he was a few years ago, Kaitlyn who won't admit she's losing her sight and Joe who shouldn't even be there but who wants it the most. And one more person who brings them all together year after year.

First up I LOVED the concept behind Floored. The fact that it was a collaborative project by seven top YA authors and you had to guess which author wrote which character added such a mystical element (I still can't guess who wrote what!?). The story takes place over several years and because of this we get to see each character grow from a teen to an adult. We get to see them follow dreams, learn from their mistakes and become better people overall. It was lovely to read and I feel like that added a unique twist into the story.

With a book written by a few authors sometimes the story doesn't flow or the writing can become a bit choppy, with Floored this wasn't the case. The narrative flows amazingly well from chapter to chapter. At times it felt like I was just reading a novel written by one author. Yes, each character was distinctive and had a different voice but it all stitched together perfectly. Everything was so cohesive and I applaud each author for this. It couldn't have been easy to make happen.

As mentioned each character in Floored had a distinctive voice so you knew who's point of view you were reading. Because of this I found it really hard to pick a favourite (although if I had to I would probably say Velvet). All the characters had flaws and faults and this made them all feel so realistic. We got to see them grow up throughout the story and learn from their mistakes. It was very heartwarming to read and I felt a sense of pride for all six characters come the end of the book. 

Without giving any spoilers away I won't say much about what happens but I found the ending to be a perfect way to end this story on a high. Some people may not like it but I felt it was exquisite. It leaves you guessing and I love that with stories.

Floored was a read that I fell in love with and that I am still thinking about a few weeks after reading. The characters stick with you and the writing style flowed incredibly well. It's unique form of telling a story will have you captivated and wanting more.

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2 comments

  1. Yessss fantastic review!
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you, Cora! This book was so friggin good! I need to reread!! :)

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