Review: Florence Adler Swims Forever

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster • Publication Date: July 7, 2020

Content Warning: Infant loss, drowning

This was a book I was excited to read and when I found out my job is doing a virtual event with the author in early November, I bumped it up on my reading list. For much of the book, I wasn’t a fan. It really wasn’t until I read the author note at the end and found out parts of the story are based on things that happened in Beanland’s family that I appreciated the story a little more.

The book started off promising, but with a tragic event taking place in the beginning, I felt that after it the story went downhill. The main plot of the book is keeping a huge secret from another family member to protect their health and I feel like if towards the end that secret came out, it may have made the story more interesting. I wanted to see the aftermath of the secret and was disappointed that you do not get it. The book follows the viewpoint of 7 different characters and I really found myself only invested in a few characters storylines. I felt the ending was wrapped up too perfectly, it was too happy for the events that happened in book.

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