My Review of Float Plan
In last week’s newsletter, I shared the incredible news that Tiger Drive has been nominated for the Benjamin Franklin Award in Popular Fiction. I’m reading the other three finalists’ books. I started with Rob Hiaasen’s Float Plan.
Before I share the synopsis and my review, you should be the first to know, I wish I knew Rob Hiaasen. His novel, Float Plan, has planted a firm author-crush from me onto him because he and I have* something in common: we both write about flawed characters who want to matter.
Float Plan Synopsis
(as borrowed from Amazon)
“When life throws you overboard, learn to float.
Will Larkin teaches algebra and has been married 2.92 years (he never rounds off). He has no children, two friends, and one dog. His life is perfectly routine until he loses his wife, job, dog, boat and even his freedom all in one spectacularly hard year.
He also didn’t plan on falling in love with vet tech named Parker Cool.
Float Plan is a contemporary novel featuring a chainsaw attack on a gazebo, a basset hound named Dean and a life-saving mozzarella stick. At its quirky, serious heart, the story is about what happens to a young man who steers himself toward love, forgiveness, and happiness. Or close enough.
Float Plan is also a love letter to Annapolis and Baltimore – and to fathers and mothers, old friends, dogs, boats and second chances.”
Float Plan is filled with flawed characters navigating their way through marriage, friendship, dogship, heartache, declining health, parenthood, and forgiveness, and it is 100% up my alley.
I loved this book. There are so many lines in it that made me laugh out loud. And also a good handful of character choices that made me cringe. From gazebos taken down by chainsaws to purchasing
From a craft standpoint, it’s worth sharing that Float Plan is written from the omniscient point of view. I think this is one of the hardest
Float Plan is also a tribute to Annapolis, Maryland, and a portion of the proceeds of this novel are being donated by his wife and publisher to Everytown for Gun Safety, because in a bittersweet twist of events, Rob Hiaasen, who spent ten years writing this novel, was a student of human behavior, and had a natural curiosity about why people make the bad choices they make, was killed in the mass shooting at Capital Gazette in June 2018. I didn’t know him and would like to think his last moments were filled with love for his family and his inherent writer’s curiosity: now, why is this person making this horrible choice?
Thanks, Rob Hiaasen, for being you.
I am so honored and humbled that my novel, Tiger Drive, is being considered a finalist by IBPA along with Rob’s Float Plan. Now, I’m off to read finalist Cathy Zane’s Better Than This and Dave Edlund’s Guarding Savage. I’ll be sharing my reviews soon.
Thanks for joining me today and mostly, thanks for being you. Let me know what you’re reading!