It is time for another book review! whoop, whoop! And this week it is the turn of a very unusual book. one that is very different to anything that I have ever read before and that book is Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Bryne, Non Pratt, Melinda Sailsbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood. Let’s do this.
I don’t know how I feel about this book. I really don’t. it was very strange and unusual and the storylines were, frankly, bizarre but I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I am just a bit confused.
This is a very character driven story, there is very little actual story to it. the whole focus of this book is these 6 people and how their lives intertwine. This incredibly unlikely group of friends who end up tied together from the most unlikely of situations. and I think that is one of the things that I struggled with. there was too much character and not enough story. don’t get me wrong I did like all of the characters and I liked that they were all very individual and unique and very much their own person, but there wasn’t enough actual story to support them in my opinion.
Because of the lack of story focus what could have been a really incredible book ended up just being okay. There was so much potential here. I mean of the 6 six characters, 1 is bi, 1 is going blind, 1’s parents mental abuse them, 1 is over privileged, 1’s mother is sick and the last is a stereotypical chav. Each character has a lot going on in their lives but we don’t really get to see it. disabilities get brushed under the table a bit, transformations from arsehole to understanding go unnoticed, illnesses and abuse are ignored, breaking of moulds isn’t recognised, sexualities aren’t explored. There is somehow too much focus on the characters themselves but enough on their lives. I just think that this book could have handled things a bit better and we could have been faced with a really incredible book full of diversity and representation and growth.
This is one of those strange nothing books. I don’t feel like anything happened at all during it. because it was just so focused on the characters and because we only got to see them for one day a year for five years, it didn’t feel like we got a story. we didn’t get to connect to the characters or see their lives. We didn’t get a story. and what we did get felt disjointed and false. Because we got to see so little of them their friendship felt very strained and forced to me. It was really hard to actually feel for them and to believe that this group is as connected and joined as we are spouse to believe.
All in all, I am kind of disappointed by this book. I did enjoy reading it but at the same time I didn’t. it just a bit of a disappointment. It could have been so much more than it was.
2.5 out of 5
And there we go. Damn, to moppy reviews in a row L. Have you read this book? did you feel differently about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.