FLOATBy Roni O'ConnellRelease Date: November 12, 2013Paperback, 258 pagesGenre: Contemporary Fiction / YA
What if your only memory is of who you aren't, not who you are?Seventeen-year-old Rashelle Santos fights her way out of a coma to find she doesn't remember her life, except for her parents and dog. Brain damage doctors tell her, but Rashelle knows with absolute certainty that Shellie (her nickname) died at the bottom of Kaweah Lake, bequeathing her death memories to Rashelle.Rashelle leaps into a relationship with Shellie's boyfriend, Aiden Brody, because he stirs her feelings and fills the void within her. As their relationship becomes serious, she questions whom he really loves.When threats appear in the form of notes stuffed into her locker and calls in the night, Rashelle wonders if she can stay alive long enough to discover who wants her dead, because somewhere out there Shellie's attacker watches and waits to finish what he started.And what the hell, she wonders, is she deranged or could dead Shellie be lingering to keep her alive?
Roni O’Connell lives with her husband and two dogs high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She finds inspiration in the forest, wildlife, and lakes around her home.A former English teacher, Roni enjoys the company of young adults, their spirited opinions, great enthusiasm, and outrageous humor.When Roni isn't writing novels, you can find her hiking in the forest or contemplating the wonders of nature.
Float is unlike anything I have ever read and a lot darker than my usual taste. The plot is extremely unique and strange. It is very different and while I liked the plot I wasn't the biggest fan of the characters in the story.
Float is very dark; dealing with topics such as rape. So I would definitely advise those who aren't fans of darker books or writing styles in YA that this may not be the book for you. Even though this is a considered a contemporary fiction novel it does play with paranormal ideas which I really enjoyed. Roni O'Connell's setup of the idea that when a soul leaves a body another one can enter was really cool. I had never read about that in another YA story ever which is a great thing because a lot of YA books deal with the same paranormal themes over and over.
My drawback with this book was the main character. She just wasn't someone I could like. I am okay with characters that aren't likable, but I just didn't like Rashelle as a person. This is obviously personal preference, but I didn't enjoy her thought process.
I am on the fence with this book because I liked the plot, but I didn't enjoy Rashelle as a character. But I think other people wouldn't have a problem with her actions.