Floored – Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tayna Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood
I read the sample of this last time I went to YALC, so I was eager to read the full thing, which is why I requested this the moment I saw it on Netgalley.
The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.
When they got in the lift that morning, they were strangers. Sasha, who is at the UK’s biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s by far the richest – and best-looking – guy in the lift; Velvet, who regrets wearing the world’s least comfortable shoes to work experience; Dawson, who isn’t the good-looking teen star he was and desperate not to be recognized; Kaitlyn, who’s slowly losing her sight but won’t admit it, and Joe, who shouldn’t be there at all, but who wants to be there the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year . . .
This was such good fun and a really interesting concept! We have six POVs, but each of them had such a distinct voice it was pretty easy to follow along and get lost in the story. This all kicks off at a TV station, where Velvet and Kaitlyn have turned up for work experience, Joe who has run away from his school group, former TV child star Dawson is visiting his mum, Hugo the son of a politician is visiting his mum and Sasha is just trying to deliver a parcel. The six of the end up in a lift together with a man who keels over and dies before they reach their destination. Its a pretty intense meet-cute and this group are such unlikely friends you might wonder how they managed to make a whole book out of it.
This has been labeled Breakfast Club mixed with One Day and it does have the best bits of both of those two things combined. We have a group of misfits who somehow end up bffs and we only see them once a year on the anniversary of the terrible event. I think Dawson and Velvet were my favourite two perspectives, but there was so much going on with each of them and they’re a pretty diverse set of characters, so there is something for everyone.
I’m super glad I finally got to finish the book and find out how these guys grow together and how their stories ended. I’m just sorry I took so long to get to it!