Sunday, 20 July 2014

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

By: Stephen Graham Jones, Paul Tremblay 
Published: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Source: Netgalley 
My Rating: 3 out of 5

Things Mary doesn't want to fall into: the river, high school, her mother's life.

Things Mary does kind of want to fall into: love, the sky.

This is the story of a girl who sees a boy float away one fine day. This is the story of the girl
who reaches up for that boy with her hand and with her heart. This is the story of a girl who
takes on the army to save a town, who goes toe-to-toe with a mad scientist, who has to fight a plague to save her family. This is the story of a girl who would give anything to get to babysit her baby brother one more time. If she could just find him.

It's all up in the air for now, though, and falling fast. . . .


Within the first few paragraphs of this book I found myself agreeing and nodding along with Mary. So I was pretty hopeful that it would be a good book. And it was interesting... but also kind of weird and disjointed at times

The biggest problem I had with this book is the treatment of Mary's mental illness - specifically anxiety. There were frequent mentions of how she didn't want to go on 'zombie pills' so she would deal with it herself. I understand that the authors may have been trying to create a character or set up how the reader views her. But this is not the message that we need to be sending young people. We need to be telling them that it is okay to get help, that there is NOTHING wrong with taking medication for mental illnesses. There should be no shame in it. And this bpok doesn't really send that message.

Now aside from that it wasn't a bad book. It was a bit juvenile at times for my liking but it was bad in that sense. I found Floating Boy to be a bit simple and juvenile but that probably isn't too much of a stretch given his background history.
I couldn't wait to find out what was happening to Floating Boy (yes that is his name) and to figure out how Mary and her friends would get themselves out of the situation. (Especially against those crazy Claremonts!)

This is another book that isn't particularly long (this comes from a fantasy reader where books can be 700 pages!). It is a surprising and unique story that I would recommend to younger YA readers or those who like a more childish* protagonist. This book is for people who enjoy sci-fi and semi-apocalyptic stories of small towns in chaos. 
*it should be noted that I do not see childish as a negative term. It simply refers to one who is child-like in manner or actions.

So mark down October 21st on your calendars and check out Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly at your local bookstore!

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