ARC Review: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by P. T. Jones

Book cover for The Floating Girl and the Boy Who Couldn't Fly.

I received a copy from The Bookshelf in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly
Author: P. T. Jones
Publisher: Chizine Publications
Publication Date: November 11, 2014 (first published May 18, 2014)
Pages: 250
Stars: 2.5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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! 

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This is a book that is a very interesting read! The writing style for Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly is quite amazing and it has a strong main character, yet the storyline itself lacks punch.

First of all, I absolutely love the writing style for this book. It is actually written by two authors, Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay. I could not detect that there were two different writers for this story, which is an incredible feat! I really enjoyed the way the authors introduced the characters and was excited to learn more.

Mary, the protagonist, is in effect, a typical teenager. She is a relatable character that is quite sarcastic at times, which I find to be typical of some teens. Unfortunately, the sarcasm is meant to bring humour to the story, which doesn’t quite give the reader a bang for the buck. I did enjoy Mary’s appreciation for friendships as I feel that this really brought some depth to her character.

This book has an incredibly simplistic plot for a young adult novel. The storyline was actually a little bit disappointing, predictable and unrealistic at times. I feel that if this book was written for a middle grade audience, it might be a little more fitting in that genre.

Overall, Floating Boy has a lovely style of writing and a well developed main character that is relatable. I would be curious to see the reaction of a middle grader to this story, as I think the plot is not complex enough to capture the attention of teen readers.

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