‘Floored’ by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson & Eleanor Wood was interesting.
Synopsis: It’s the first day of work experience at the UKB, a British broadcasting company. All from different backgrounds, six teenagers have mixed feelings about being there, and they only get more intense when they all get stuck in a lift together. After that day, they decide never to forget the experience they shared and celebrate the anniversary. They each have their own home issues to deal with but as the years change, can they keep their unique friendships?
The story revolves around six kids; Hugo, Dawson, Joe, Velvet, Sasha & Kaitlyn. It’s written in a way that we get each of their view points on the same day so you’re able to see how they view each other in the same moments and how their lives intertwine. It’s also written in a unique format. We have text messages, invitations, etc, however there were no time stamps or dates so I sometimes found it difficult to grasp when in the timeline certain discussions where happening. And because we generally only see them all every year, their personalities change and it’s difficult to keep up with them. I like this though as I would imagine the characters felt that same and so I felt like one of the Lift Lot too.
Hugo: Rich boy, thinks everyone without money is beneath him, thinks of himself as celebrity material. He was the villain a few times and I kinda liked it. Kaitlyn: She is diagnosed with Stargardt disease which means she is slowly going blind. She’s also really fiery and doesn’t hold anything back. Dawson: Former TV heartthrob who lost his looks. We meet him at a time where his future is unclear and throughout the book he finds his place in the LGBTQ world. Sasha: Super friendly, working with her dad at the start. She’s the glue that keeps the group together. Joe: Desperately wants to work in the TV industry, however certain home issues set his dreams back. Velvet: Works where she lives, wants the opportunities the other characters have, terrible judge of character.
I felt that this book dealt, or at the very least, mentioned a lot of issues. To name a few, the characters get involved with alcohol & drugs, abortion, deaths (obviously), sexual orientation and disability. All of those subjects are heavy in their own right and I think the authors did well not to overwhelm the reader too much. However, because some of these topics were not fleshed out and developed more, I felt that they lost their impact slightly. Sometimes it felt like they’d thrown in a few issues just so they could tick a box. You can never make a book relatable to everyone so I’m not sure why they tried so hard.
The description on Goodreads for this is ‘The Breakfast Club meets One Day’ and I really like that. It definitely felt like that for me but it also felt a bit like Skins. Especially with regards to the drug use and certain backgrounds of the characters. It wasn’t a bad book, but I also wasn’t blown away. I highly doubt I’ll read it again to be honest.
“So here we have them: the swot, the fraud, the dutiful daughter, the child star, the fangirl and the asshole.”
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