Floored is easily one of the most anticipated books of the year, included on must-read lists of YA bloggers and readers up and down the country. It follows the lives of six very different teenagers over the course of five years after a chance encounter in a lift brings them together in ways none of them would ever have expected. Written by seven of the biggest and brightest names in YA at the moment, the buzz around the release of Floored has taken over social media in the last few months. The question is, does the book live up to the hype it created?
The answer is, for the most part, a resounding yes. Floored is a touching story of friendship against all odds from start to finish, and despite being told from six points of view fits together perfectly. It’s told with love and warmth, and as a reader you really get to know the characters throughout the course of the book, so by the time you finish the last page you feel like you are saying goodbye to friends. As Floored progresses you can also see the characters develop and age in the way they speak and carry themselves. Given that the story is told over the course of five years it should definitely be expected, but in reality this is something that is rarely achieved. This really is a testament to how talented these seven authors are, and shows why they are some of the biggest names in YA at the moment.
However, there were points whilst reading Floored when my excitement for the book wavered. Although it deals with a lot of subjects incredibly, including the most accurate depiction of Alzheimer’s I have read in YA, when it comes to sexual consent it does fall down. Despite being written by seven authors who are very vocal on the accurate representation of sex and consent in YA, there is one particular encounter that left me feeling very uncomfortable. I carried on reading, hoping that it would be dealt with later in the book, only to find it being brushed under the carpet as though it was all a misunderstanding because they were young. This came as a disappointment, and seemed unsafe and irresponsible to ignore what is such an important topic both in literature and in society at the moment.
It has to be said, Floored has its ups and downs. There are times when it is truly brilliant, and times when I felt like it fell down. Thankfully the positives outweigh the negatives, and by the time I got to the last page I could close the book feeling satisfied that my hopes for Floored had been met. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys YA about friendships, or anyone who just enjoys a really good book.