❥ Title: Floored
❥ Author: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, Eleanor Wood
❥ Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
❥ Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
❥ Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Perhaps all the who-fancies-whom nonsense is a distraction; a way of finding something – or someone – in the miserable mess of their lives to make it feel like they aren’t being kicked repeatedly in the heart. Isn’t that all any of us want?
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.
Synopsis taken from Goodreads
When I first started Floored, I found it really difficult to get into the story line. It’s a very character based book. I usually love character based books but this one just felt different, and difficult to connect to the characters. (Wait until you hear how much that changes…) At the beginning the multiple POV was a bit much for me. It felt like I had just got settled into the one character and everything was uprooted and thrown into another setting. Also, let me just say that I felt very put off by the characters… they aren’t exactly the most exemplary set of young adults.
The more I read, the more I felt myself growing attached to the plot and the characters. The structure of the book actually works really well! The story follows six characters and gives us an insight into their lives each year after the big event. (No spoilers there.) This works great – with so many characters it isn’t overwhelming to have to follow every part of their lives each year. It almost felt like reconnecting with a lost friend after a while and having to piece together everything that has happened to them.
The characters in Floored are quite diverse! Each of them is very different and I really love that there is representation for those with visual impairments! What I loved most about the characters about all of them are a little bit unlikeable… yes, you read that right! The characters are real people! The writers of the book did not shy away from making these characters as real as possible. Not one of them is a perfect, flawless, exemplary human being and that is the beauty of it! Floored is a masterpiece in showcasing human emotions and attachments, as well as personal growth and the importance of chasing your dreams!
So, while reading Floored I had a complete epiphany about life and realised what the writers were actually trying to do. A round of applause for me please! The multiple POV is a little tricky to get used to it but if you stick with it I think this is a book that many of you will enjoy!
Until Next Time,