Review: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by P.T. Jones

18427293My Rating: 2.5 stars

Date Read: June 19, 2014

Source: Review copy from Netgalley

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Publisher: ChiTeen

Genres: Young adult, science fiction

Summary (taken from Goodreads): 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. . . .

Fun, breathlessly exciting, and full of heart, Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly is an unforgettable ride.

Review: This one wasn’t for me. I kept going because I wanted to see how it would end, and because it’s a review copy.

The characters were alright. I did like Mary and the “Floating Boy,” but this was so plot-driven that it didn’t show too much about the characters. Mary did a bit of developing through the story, but I didn’t really believe it – things changed too fast for her to suddenly be okay at the end.

Also, the characters felt way younger to me than fifteen. While reading I kept thinking they were in middle school, both due to their actions and the writing style. It seemed written towards a younger narrator and a younger audience as well.

The plot did save this book, though. Some parts just weren’t believable to me, but otherwise I really liked the main concept. I believe a younger reader would enjoy this much more than myself, as well.


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