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How It Feels to Float (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
How It Feels to Float (MP3)
Written by:
Helena Fox 
Read by:
Candice Moll 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 34 minutes 
MP3 size:
416 MB 
July 11 2023 
Available Date:
July 11 2023 
Age Category:
Young Adult (15+) 
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
Bolinda/Macmillan Australia 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 24.95
AUD$ 24.95

Award winning author
Australian author
Debut novel
Debut author

A stunningly gorgeous and deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice.

Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mum and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn't be here but is. So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn't tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface – normal, okay, regular, fine. But after what happens on the beach – first in the ocean, and then in the sand – the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears and with him, all comfort. Might it be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe – maybe, maybe, maybe – there's a third way Biz just can't see yet.

'I haven't been so dazzled by a YA in ages ... Biz's voice is wild and rollicking, lyrical and hilarious, utterly authentic ...'
Jandy Nelson, author of I'll Give You the Sun

'Alive with sensation and rich in thought and feeling, How It Feels to Float intensively explores what it's like to be here now.'
Margo Lanagan

'Fox's prose is lyrical and profoundly affecting, providing a nuanced account of the hereditary effects of trauma.'
Kirkus Reviews

'A mesmerizing and timely debut.'

'A profoundly moving story about grief, loss, and love that will take your breath away. Helena Fox is a writer to be reckoned with.'
Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces and You'd Be Home Now