The Floating Girls: A Novel The Floating Girls: A Novel

The Floating Girls: A Novel

    • 3.8 • 47 Ratings
    • $14.99

    • $14.99

Publisher Description

A wonderfully atmospheric coming-of-age family drama told from the perspective of a young girl as she unravels the secrets that threaten her entire family

The backwaters of Georgia hold many buried secrets. But they won’t stay buried forever.

One hot, sticky summer in Bledsoe, Georgia, twelve-year-old Kay Whitaker stumbles across a stilt house in a neighboring marsh and upon Andy Webber, a boy about her age. He and his father have recently moved back to Georgia from California, and rumors of the suspicious drowning death of Andy’s mother years earlier have chased them there and back.

Kay is fascinated and enamored with Andy, and she doesn’t listen when her father tells her to stay away from the Webbers. But when Kay’s sister goes missing, the mystery of Mrs. Webber’s death—and Kay’s parents’ potential role in it—comes to light. Kay and her brothers must navigate the layers of secrets that emerge in the course of the investigation as their family, and the world as they knew it, unravels around them.

At once wickedly funny and heartbreaking, The Floating Girls is an immersive coming-of-age story narrated by a feisty, smart, yet undeniably vulnerable girl reminiscent of a modern-day Scout Finch—a character who will live in listeners’ hearts for a long time to come.

Taylor Meskimen
hr min
July 19
Blackstone Publishing

Customer Reviews

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All the Floating Girls attempts to depict the struggles of a young, impoverished protagonist, but falls short in its execution. The excessive use of profanity to convey the character's poverty and lack of education feels forced and fails to resonate authentically. The protagonist's insufferable and selfish nature, combined with a lack of redeeming qualities, made it difficult for me to connect with or sympathize with her journey. Furthermore, the decision to make the protagonist 12 years old while frequently portraying her as more mature creates inconsistency within the narrative and undermines the believability of her character. Also, the multiple references and descriptions of nakedness of underage people didn’t feel necessary to the story making it uncomfortable to read. Overall, while the book may have aimed to shed light on important themes, its shortcomings in characterization and portrayal detract from its impact and left me feeling disconnected from the story.

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