Floored – Book Review
Floored has been one of my most anticipated books this year. Written by YA goddesses Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Melinda Salisbury, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood, Floored is a collaborative novel that tells the story of 6 friends over 6 years.
When they got in the lift, they were strangers: Sasha, who is at the UK’s biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s by the far the richest – and best-looking – guy in the lift; Velvet, who regrets wearing the world’s least comfortable shoes to work experience; Dawson, who isn’t the good-looking teen star he was and desperate not to be recognised; Kaitlyn, who’s slowly losing her sight but won’t admit it; and Joe, who shouldn’t be there at all, but who wants to be there the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every yearâ€¦
As you probably know by now from reading this blog, YA is my favourite kind of book to read, especially YA contemporary. So when I found out that all of these incredible authors were going to be working together on a collaborative novel, I was SO excited! I pre-ordered it as soon as I knew that the authors would be at YALC this year so I could get it signed by all of them.
I was instantly intrigued by the story as soon as I started reading. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the thing that happens in the lift would make anyone carry on reading!
Right from the beginning, the story is split into seven different perspectives: the six characters in the lift, and a third-person narrator. At first, I wasn’t sure what the point of the anonymous narrator was, but as the story went on, I realised that the narrator was there to set scenes that would be difficult to tell from individual perspectives, so it started to make a lot more sense.
I love books with split perspectives, so to get the story told from seven different ones was great! It really helps you to learn everything you need to know about each of these vastly different characters. I really don’t know how the seven authors manage to coordinate themselves so well – each character had their own distinct voice and personality, even when their dialogue was being used in somebody else’s perspective. They must have worked together so well to be able to do that!
If you want a book that is jam-packed full of story and action, Floored might not be for you. It’s mostly an interesting look into the lives of these six characters over the course of six years, which I loved. One book that I really like is One Day by David Nichols, and the structure of Floored reminded me of that a lot. Character development is one of my favourite things to read, and Floored is packed full of it.
Floored is a (mostly) lighthearted, relatable story of friendship, of one event bringing unlikely people together, and now those people stay connected for years after they meet. It has LGBT characters, representation of mental health and disability, and I feel like there is someone in this story in which almost anyone can see themselves. I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy!
Have you read Floored, or any books by these 7 authors? Let me know what you thought!