Favorite Friday: My Favorite Underrated Book

Welcome to this week’s topic! I am really excited for this one, because there is no better feeling than finding a great and little-known book to share with people. I won’t lie, I haven’t always been the best at reading books that are out-of-the-spotlight so to speak, but I want to make a more conscious effort to find less popular titles to review.

So without further preamble I give you: How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox. Although the term “underrated” is a bit subjective, this has a little over 2,000 book reviews on Goodreads. And let me tell you, it deserves so so so SO much more love than that.

Biz is a 16 year old high school student trying to navigate the complicated world of friends, discovering her sexuality, and dealing with the loss of her father almost 10 years ago. Despite seeing and hearing her dead father periodically, she is doing well, until one night on the beach sends her entire life into a spiral. After, she must struggle to put the pieces of herself, and her father’s past, back together again. 

There are so many dimensions to what makes this an awesome read. My personal favorite aspect of it, though, is the way it deals with mental health. Although I cannot completely relate to the main character Biz’s struggles, there are aspects of her that I identify with. It was so nice to see a book that talks candidly of what it’s like to live with mental illness, the way it can impact relationships, and the ups and downs of getting treatment. There was no romanticization of Biz’s struggles, just a really moving story.

Besides that, the writing style is absolutely mind-blowing. This is probably my most highlighted book to date, and for good reason. The way that readers get to see the world described through Biz’s eyes is truly astounding, and I’ve never read a book with similar narration. It’s very in the moment, almost like a stream of consciousness at times, with more structured description in between. I think it depicts well the problems that Biz is dealing with, and is eye-opening about what it feels like to be in her position.

I am still enamored with all of the characters, even though it’s been months since I read this. They were all so vivid, and the friends that Biz makes are absolutely precious. I really want to give Sylvia a hug. And finally, I love the message that we are left with; mental illness often doesn’t have a “cure,” and that’s okay. It’s enough just to live for each moment as it comes.

Please know that this book deals with a number of heavy topics, so I wouldn’t recommend reading it if you are sensitive to topics of suicide, death of a loved one, sexual assault, and/or mental illness. Otherwise, I truly cannot give it enough praise.

I hope you guys enjoyed this, and be sure to tag me in your fav Fridays, or comment an underrated book below.

Happy reading!

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28 thoughts on “Favorite Friday: My Favorite Underrated Book

  1. I love this, recommending underrating books. I’ve never heard of this one before but it sounds really good so I’m definitely going to add it to my tbr.

    As an underrated book, I’d recommend Tuesdays Are Just As Bad by Cethan Leahy . I actually just finished it and loved it, and it only has 125 ratings on Goodreads. It’s probably because it’s an Irish author writing a YA book about suicide and depression that’s set in Ireland but having I just finished and now I want more people to read it because I think it’s a book that deserves more attention.

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      1. Was just looking through my library to-borrow list and apparently I’d added How it Feels to Float to my list at some point – don’t know when I did that but I all the more incentive to read it seeing as I can get it from my library!

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  2. I love that you’re trying to promote underrated books. Mentions like this mean a lot to authors who aren’t on every bestseller list from here to Mars. Even little-known stories like this one can be so important if they reach the right readers.

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  3. I haven’t heard of this book before! It sounds really good. And speaking as someone who has struggled intensely with mental illness, I really wish I could have read this book as a teenager and received its message. Thanks a lot for casting a spotlight on this book!

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  4. I’ve never heard of this book, but your review was so good, I just have to check it out! I’ve been reading your blog, and now I have so many books on my to-read list 😂 could you also please check out my blog? and do you have any other recommendations? Thanks!

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  5. I’m not going to say that this sounds like a fun book, given the warning about heavy subjects, but you do make it sound more than worth reading. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

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