In Helena Fox’s debut title How It Feels to Float, we follow the protagonist Elizabeth, or Biz, as she goes through the struggles of grief, identity, and mental health after the traumatizing events she has gone through. Biz’s father died ten years ago, and then she recently kissed and got rejected by her best friend. Her mental health takes a downward spiral, and we watch as she attempts to recover from these obstacles. She makes some unexpected friends, finds her identity, and even picks up a hobby or two along the way!
This book was truly heart-wrenching and had me clinging to every word. Biz’s struggles and emotions make a roller-coaster of a plot, and the only disappointing part of it was the end. It deals with the topics of mental health and sexuality struggles, both things the teens of today can relate to. The title is referring to Biz’s dissociative disorder, which is beautifully portrayed and well-written. The mental health struggles are the most compelling and relatable part of this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good cry.