ARC Review: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly
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Authors: Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay
Publication Details: October 21, 2014 (Paperback) by ChiZine Publications; May 27, 2014 (eBook) by ChiTeen
Copy: ARC eBook from NetGalley
Things Mary doesn’t want to fall into: the river, high school, her mother’s life.
Things Mary does kind of want to fall into: love, the sky.
This is the story of a girl who sees a boy float away one fine day. This is the story of the girl who reaches up for that boy with her hand and with her heart. This is the story of a girl who takes on the army to save a town, who goes toe-to-toe with a mad scientist, who has to fight a plague to save her family. This is the story of a girl who would give anything to get to babysit her baby brother one more time. If she could just find him.
It’s all up in the air for now, though, and falling fast. . . .
Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly follows the story of Mary, a 14 year old girl from Ipswich, Massachusetts, who unintentionally strikes a friendship with the "Floating Boy" in a quest to save her little brother Terry. The story started with Mary and a bunch of relatives witnessing a boy climbing up the tree and then floating away. What happens next is a little adventure to find and save Terry, and perhaps, also to find who the Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly are.
I requested for an ARC because it sounded interesting. It didn't quite meet my expectation but it still is a good read. Mary seems like a normal teenager but she is battling anxiety with her "zombie pills." She regards her parents "weird" but the Claremonts are "weirder." She has Liv, her best friend who is loyal but also, well, weird.
Despite Mary's anxiety, she stays strong and she's really funny. I liked how she doesn't allow herself to be consumed by her emotions, and how she stays focused on the important things. I kind of feel sorry for her so I was really happy to know about her resolution. :)
And of course, we have our Floating Boy. It's hard not to feel for him. He's this lost boy craving for human connection. It's really sad, makes me want to give him a hug. And I do wish there's a different ending for him because I want him to be happy. *sigh*
Anyway, this book reminded me that not all normal is good, that just because everyone's doing it doesn't mean you also have to. Moreover, it reminded me that everyone is unique and special in their own way. One should not focus on what he or she cannot do, but on what he/she can do despite the limitations.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit dragging at first, but things got interesting later on.
That's all folks!