Mary’s life is going fine. Except for being a freshman in high school. And having anxiety attacks. And her dad having no job. So, introduce one boy who can fly, kidnap the little brother she’s supposed to be babysitting, and drop a military quarantine on her town and that should make her anxiety completely disappear, right? Wrong!
Yay for being back to reading and blogging 🙂 I missed you guys. Like a lot.
I was given this book on NetGalley, and I am so glad that I finally got to it. I’m not going to lie, it was the cover that drew me in. The blurb is pretty vague, but that cover is stunning! So maybe judging a book by it’s cover isn’t so bad sometimes? 🙂
I do love that the first thing they mention in the blurb is Mary’s anxiety though. The authors (P.T. Jones is a combination of Stephen Jones and Paul Tremblay) took a pretty serious disorder and infused it into a fantastical story, without belittling or mocking it. When Mary has an attack, the anxiety is almost palpable to the reader. You feel her fear and helplessness as if it is oozing off the page.
On the other hand though, this really is a fantastical story. A mysterious boy who can float, who knows so little about himself and social norms that it is hard for Mary to figure out anything about him. How do you understand a boy who doesn’t even understand himself? Throw in that he has a hard time not literally drifting away and you can see the problem.
What you can’t see is the ending. I tend to figure stories out as soon as the author writes a bit of foreshadowing that is a bit too revealing. I hate it. This story didn’t do that.
I would totally recommend Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly to anyone who likes a good mystery, and a bit of snark and suspense.