"In laugh-out-loud, blunt prose, Rivera cultivates a touching and unapologetically positive interpretation of one tween’s desire to break the mold."
"Rivera’s layered, sparkling middle-grade debut is Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ (2015) by way of Lisa Fipps’ Starfish (2021)....Well-integrated subplots involving a fractured friendship and a character coping with being outed add more depth to an already excellent story."
"Nat’s radical self-acceptance is a beautiful example for readers: Her unapologetic self-love and empathy make her a compelling character. A body-positive story of growing up that’s sure to make a splash."
"Hand this book to angry kids, to fat kids who deserve to see someone liking their own body, or really to any kids who are looking for a fun read."
"This compelling character-driven novel will leave readers wanting to spend more time with Nat and her family."
"Barely Floating is a heartwarming and hilarious middle grade novel about a girl with an unforgettably fierce spirit who goes after what she wants."
"Barely Floating is one of those books that’s going to resonate with readers from all walks of life — swimmers or not."
"All about body positivity in female strength"
Awards & Accolades
Publishers Weekly Middle Grade Editors’ Pick