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Bagley Public Library Y FOX (Text) 33500013066840 New Available -
Barnesville Public Library Y FOX (Text) 33500013066857 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780525554295
  • ISBN: 0525554297
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dial Books, [2019]

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"Sixteen-year-old Biz sees her father every day, though he died when she was seven, but when Biz's almost-normal life turns upside-down and her father disappears again, she tumbles into a disaster-land of grief and depression from which she must find her way back"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1
    *Starred Review* Biz shouldn't be able to talk to her dad—he died when she was still a small child—but when he comes to sit on the end of her bed, Biz is comforted by the stories he tells of their time together. At first this seems like the only disquieting thing about Biz's relationship with reality. She has friends, she does well in school, her family loves her. But after a mixed-up sexual encounter on the beach one night, Biz finds herself standing in the waves, floating out of her body. This is not the first or last time she has disconnected in this way, but this is the time that jolts her life off course. Biz is rejected by her friends, drops out of school, and can barely get out of bed. When at last she finds a purposeful mission—to travel to her father's childhood home—it's strange and riddled with hallucinations. Biz is smart, funny, and self-deprecating, qualities that allow the reader to trust her even as we realize how her mind is disintegrating. It's a masterful portrayal of mental illness that illuminates the complex interplay between emotional trauma and the mind's subsequent recoil. And the writing is just beautiful. Recommend to fans of Deb Caletti's A Heart in a Body in the World (2018). Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Helena Fox lives in Wollongong, Australia, where she runs creative writing workshops for young people. She's a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. How It Feels To Float is her debut novel. She can be found at

Subject: Mental illness > Fiction.
Depression, Mental > Fiction.
Loss (Psychology) > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.

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