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How It Feels to Float av Helena Fox
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How It Feels to Float (utgåvan 2019)

av Helena Fox (Författare)

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best of the Year "Profoundly moving . . . Will take your breath away." --Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces A stunningly gorgeous and deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice. Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn't be here but is. So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn't tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface--normal okay regular fine. But after what happens on the beach--first in the ocean, and then in the sand--the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears and, with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe--maybe maybe maybe--there's a third way Biz just can't see yet. Debut author Helena Fox tells a story about love and grief, about inter-generational mental illness, and how living with it is both a bridge to someone loved and lost and, also, a chasm. She explores the hard and beautiful places loss can take us, and honors those who hold us tightly when the current wants to tug us out to sea. "Give this to all your...friends immediately." --Cosmopolitan.com "I haven't been so dazzled by a YA in ages." --Jandy Nelson, author of I'll Give You the Sun (via SLJ) "Mesmerizing and timely." --Bustle "Nothing short of exquisite." --PopSugar "Immensely satisfying" --Girls' Life * "Lyrical and profoundly affecting." --Kirkus (starred review) * "Masterful...Just beautiful." --Booklist (starred review) * "Intimate...Unexpected." --PW (starred review) * "Fox writes with superb understanding and tenderness." --BCCB (starred review) * "Frank [and] beautifully crafted."--BookPage (starred review) "This book will explode you into atoms." --Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels "Helena Fox's novel delivers. Read it." --Cath Crowley, author of Words in Deep Blue "This is not a book; it is a work of art." --Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She Drowned "Perfect...Readers will be deeply moved." --Books+Publishing… (mer)
Medlem:JGarnier
Titel:How It Feels to Float
Författare:Helena Fox (Författare)
Info:Dial Books (2019), 384 pages
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I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

"How it Feels to Float" feels very ephemeral, though at times repetitive, it is an overall poetic read.

"It's too much to ask of a human . . . [T]o love someone who lives outside your body, whose life you can't control. You can't hold anything still. You can't be sure anything will be okay. You can't stop the sky from falling." P. 366 ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
This is a sensitive and compelling book about the author's realization that she was mentally ill. This narrative is not sad or self-pitying. It is candid and thoughtful. She doesn't know as a teenager that she is different than others or that the visions she has don't happen to everyone. As she progresses through her life, she starts to see she is different, but not that she has mental illness. This young girl moves through her relationships and finds herself. The bravery and strength of this author is a beautiful thing. Some people may be triggered by neglect, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse or the frank look at psychosis and depression with suicidal thoughts. It is not graphic or in any way heavy handed. I hope the author continues to write. Her voice is unique and singular. ( )
  Fanulisa | Nov 3, 2020 |
How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox deeply touched my heart. I struggled to finish this book, as I wanted to help the main character, Biz, and had to remind myself that I was reading a book of a fictional character. Someone once asked me if I ever shed tears over a fictional character and my response was absolutely. If an author is talented in their writing, they pull us in completely. This would be one of those books!

Biz sees her deceased father, struggles with who she is, and just wants things how they used to be-or does she? Biz suffers from depression and has panic attacks without warning. Hiding her depression is a struggle for her, but she does not want to worry her mum and younger twin siblings. She floats above what is truly happening. Floating is her safe place where she remembers moments with her father or chats with him. How it Feels to Float leads the reader to envision the trauma Biz suffered and how her brain chooses to keep her safe, floating.

Biz writes within a poem, “Don’t we all think ourselves important, that we matter? We are matter, this part is true…” (15). If she finds answers about what happened to her dad will she find herself to matter or will the answers make things worse? Will Biz succumb to the same end as her father?

I highly recommend this YA novel. Biz is a character I believe many readers will connect with and realize others may be feeling the same way in the real world beyond the pages. ( )
  lflareads | Jun 27, 2020 |
A poetic, heart-wrenching, introspective exploration of depression from the perspective of a queer teenager.

"How it Feels to Float" is dear to me, largely in part because I identify so strongly with Biz. Identifying with the main character isn't everything, but I personally feel like it would be difficult to really get into this book without having experienced at least some of what Biz experiences, especially since it's very heavy on the introspection; some passages are Biz just questioning herself, asking herself what's wrong with her, why can't she be happy, etc.

"Here's the shape of it. Here's the gap. Here's the space where something good was. Here's the want."

So good. ( )
  alliepascal | Apr 7, 2020 |
Very poetic novel about an Australian teen coping (or not) with mental illness. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Apr 3, 2020 |
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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best of the Year "Profoundly moving . . . Will take your breath away." --Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces A stunningly gorgeous and deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice. Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn't be here but is. So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn't tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface--normal okay regular fine. But after what happens on the beach--first in the ocean, and then in the sand--the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears and, with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe--maybe maybe maybe--there's a third way Biz just can't see yet. Debut author Helena Fox tells a story about love and grief, about inter-generational mental illness, and how living with it is both a bridge to someone loved and lost and, also, a chasm. She explores the hard and beautiful places loss can take us, and honors those who hold us tightly when the current wants to tug us out to sea. "Give this to all your...friends immediately." --Cosmopolitan.com "I haven't been so dazzled by a YA in ages." --Jandy Nelson, author of I'll Give You the Sun (via SLJ) "Mesmerizing and timely." --Bustle "Nothing short of exquisite." --PopSugar "Immensely satisfying" --Girls' Life * "Lyrical and profoundly affecting." --Kirkus (starred review) * "Masterful...Just beautiful." --Booklist (starred review) * "Intimate...Unexpected." --PW (starred review) * "Fox writes with superb understanding and tenderness." --BCCB (starred review) * "Frank [and] beautifully crafted."--BookPage (starred review) "This book will explode you into atoms." --Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels "Helena Fox's novel delivers. Read it." --Cath Crowley, author of Words in Deep Blue "This is not a book; it is a work of art." --Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She Drowned "Perfect...Readers will be deeply moved." --Books+Publishing

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