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How It Feels to Float
How It Feels to Float | Helena Fox
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A deeply hopeful YA novel about living with mental illness that's perfect for fans of Girl in Pieces "Profoundly moving . . . Will take your breath away." --Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces 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. * "Lyrical and profoundly affecting." --Kirkus (starred review) * "Masterful...Just beautiful." --Booklist (starred review) * "Exquisite." --PW (starred review) "This book will explode you into atoms." --Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels "Mesmerizing and timely." --Bustle "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
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beenbee
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This book somehow found a way to put into words everything that mentally ill people(including myself) have been trying to say. The fluid descriptions in this book of PTSD, high-functioning depression/anxiety, and dissociative disorders were just so REAL. Finally a book thats not afraid to show the truths of what mental illness is and not romanticize it in the slightest. This is an absolute 5 star read and I honestly recommend it to EVERYONE.

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Caffeinated_Reader
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#74 of my year. This one spoke to me while scrolling through instagram and I had to order it.

Caffeinated_Reader This book...it is so many things at once and I loved it all. A must read. 2y
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Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface--normal okay regular fine. She has her friends, her mom, the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, 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 not about seeing her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven...
#floating #jamminjune

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Gillyreads
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Cried through book six. #24in48

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Gillyreads
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Had some late afternoon pastries while finishing book five. Now on to book six. #24in48

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gossamerchild
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My #stacksonstacks for @bookriot 's #riotgrams. I'm lazy, so here are just two of the MANY stacks I have.

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I have a lot of respect for this book. It is an honest exploration of mental health, dealing with death and loss in more ways than one and, most importantly it is done in a way that is warm and funny while not shying away from the story she wants to tell.

Listen all the way to the author‘s note in which she shares her own battles, making the story even better and more real.

4.5 stars

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Missusb
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This book has just come out, and I am only getting to it now. ps it‘s good. #currentlyreading #mayrso2019 #loveozya #grief #mentalillness #depression #debut

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thewellreadpug
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How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox is a beautifully written, haunting and powerful debut novel. Fox delves deep into the subjects of multigenerational mental illness, sexual identity and the coming of age process by executing a uniquely written narrative with amazing character development.

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elvinareads
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This book was an amazing read for me. The writing style is so good. I‘ve never been reading such a good book with this kind of style. I guess. Check out my review on my Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2783456564