The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.
When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.
I received this copy in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.
Today, I’m bringing you a review of Floored, the new UKYA book that has taken the community by storm. This review is brought to you as part of a blog tour for Floored. We were asked to do something slightly creative for it but recently, my creativity is a mess. I’ve been debating what to do for weeks now and come up with nothing so now I am writing a review instead.
I was obviously very excited to read this because how can you not be?! 7 of the best UKYA authors collaborating for one amazing YA book – what’s not to love especially when it involves many of your favourite authors.
Overall, I loved the book. I think it was great mainly because it was focused on character development. With 6 characters and 7 different narrators, it is hard to make you feel attached to very character yet the authors managed to make me fall in love with every character, except for Hugo. Every character had an amazing character arc and I loved seeing how every character developed to become a better person at the end.
I especially loved seeing their friendship develop because they were all so different and their friendship wasn’t perfect. They were all insecure and they had moments where they were terrible friends but it felt like it was really reflective of modern day friendships rather than portraying a ‘perfect’ friendship.
It’s hard to talk about the writing of this novel as the writing differs in every chapter but one thing that I found interesting is that I couldn’t really easily figure out who wrote which chapters. I have an inkling that Holly Bourne wrote Dawson’s chapters but other than that, I have no idea. I thought I would be able to figure it out but I found that I was too focused on what was actually happening in the book.
My only issues with this book come from my own personal preferences. Dual POV novels aren’t my favourite and I always find it hard to keep up so with 7 different narrators, I really struggled to remember what was happening to which character. I also felt like I wanted more from the ending. I feel like this book could have been a 500 page book because I just wanted more development from the characters and I especially want a longer ending, maybe even an epilogue.
Anyway, that’s my review of Floored. Have you read it? Who was your favourite character? I really liked to read about Sasha especially but I loved them all (not Hugo, ew). Have you figured out who wrote which part? Let me know down below. Also, make sure you check out all of the other posts in the blog tour!