- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320
- Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
- Publication Date: 12 July 2018
- Source: Advanced Reader’s Copy
- My Rating: 4 stars
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, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.
There are a lot of intriguing factors about this book. The first is that it is written by seven YA characters, each of whom contributed a character to the novel. The second one is the premise- something happens when a group of people enter an elevator that leads them to come together on the same day every year.
Besides this, the blurb doesn’t really tell anything else about the story. All I knew was that it is YA and YA can be light-hearted and funny but it can also be incredibly emotional and meaningful.
Each character was different from each other but equally interesting. At first, I was not a fan of any of them but the way they developed as the book progressed was worth reading for.
The plot is very unpredictable. It was a lot deeper than I expected. It was not at all messy as one would expect it to be since it is written by seven authors.
This was a very different read. The overall concept that a group of strangers who were brought together by a tragedy become close friends even though they meet once a year was lovely. I didn’t love every part of the book but I still ended up really liking it.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan India for an ARC of this book.