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Sink or swimToo bad her kids didn’t get the memo Between the troublesome family secrets old sibling rivalries and her two teenage grandkids. 35 starsThis was a pretty enjoyable read about family members who all seem to be hiding some sort of secret from one another I do think it was a clever idea by the author to have most of the story take place on a cruise ship as it led to some interesting situations Annette Feldman decides she wants to do something special for her 70th birthday so she organizes a vacation on a cruise ship for her family So Annette her husband her daughter her son in law two grandkids her son and his girlfriend all climb aboard the ship some excited than others Hmm complicated family dynamics playing out in a confined space for a week I'm sure nothing could go wrong wink winkThe story follows the different family members so you do get an opportunity to see things from each person's perspective I can't say I liked each person but at least there was nobody I outright hated which was a problem I had when reading the author's book The Intermission Now I wouldn't say this is the most memorable book I have read exploring family dynamics but it was decent Each person has their own issue they are dealing with but for the most part it is a light and easy readThank you to the First to Read program for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion The Information Technology Revolution: The Complete Guide pretty enjoyable read about family members who all seem to be hiding some sort of secret from one another I do think it was a clever idea by the author to have most of the story take The State of Water place on a cruise ship as it led to some interesting situations Annette Feldman decides she wants to do something special for her 70th birthday so she organizes a vacation on a cruise ship for her family So Annette her husband her daughter her son in law two grandkids her son and his girlfriend all climb aboard the ship some excited than others Hmm complicated family dynamics Solutions Manual for Insulation Coordination for Power Systems playing out in a confined space for a week I'm sure nothing could go wrong wink winkThe story follows the different family members so you do get an opportunity to see things from each Garfield Swallows His Pride person's Titanshade perspective I can't say I liked each AI Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 person but at least there was nobody I outright hated which was a Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917 problem I had when reading the author's book The Intermission Now I wouldn't say this is the most memorable book I have read exploring family dynamics but it was decent Each Surf Craft person has their own issue they are dealing with but for the most Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts part it is a light and easy readThank you to the First to Read Telling Teddy (Dear Teddy: A Journal Of A Boy program for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to Cool Optical Illusions: Creative Activities That Make Math & Science Fun for Kids! post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion

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They’ve been ignoring–and learn that the people they once thought most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloa. A charming contemporary family drama featuring a highly dysfunctional family with some endearingly uirky characters Secrets old rivalries and resentment abound bringing in drama caused by holding on to those secrets I have to admit that if I were in this family I’d probably keep secrets as well because ono cohesive family unit is an understatement when describing this familyThe Feldmans are a dysfunctional family as most evidenced by the fact that they have chosen to put as much physical distance between themselves to avoid spending time to together than necessary But when the matriarch of the family Annette is on the cusp of her 70th birthday she asks the family to go on a 4 day cruise together to celebrateAs Annette and her husband David their daughter Elise and her husband Elise’s two kids Annette’s son Freddy and Freddy’s young girlfriend board the ship they have no idea the type of pressure cooker that their family has entered and than one secret will be outed aboard that shipElise is hiding a huge secret from not only her parents but her husband Mitch and her children But she isn’t the only one Mitch has something he is keeping from Elise as well David hides a secret from Annette And the biggest secret of all might be held by Freddy whom everyone assumes is a burnout but is actually running a successful businessOn this crowded cruise ship with terrible food and not enough space for all of the Feldman’s and their baggage secrets come to be revealed and the family realizes that perhaps they aren’t so different from one another after allThis family is SO messed up but surprisingly endearing Elyssa Feldman’s characters are vivid and well developed creating a novel that feels somewhat like watching a play unfold The interactions among the family members are among the most memorable scenes and felt realistic There was a nice sprinkling of humor to keep a smile on my face while I was readingI’ve never been on a cruise before because there was always something that would make me feel a bit trapped on a cruise ship That claustrophobic feeling that I fear is rampant in this book It isn’t the most favorable view of a cruise ship vacation that is for certain That said the cover and marketing for this book are absolutely amazing The nautical colors the drawing the port windows all really drew me to the book in an inexplicable wayCan you imagine a family as dysfunctional as this all being trapped on a cruise ship together It is a nightmare They all of major secrets they are keeping from one another and I found that this environment was the perfect setting for them to be forced to confront the truths that they’ve been hiding This book highlights the notion that sometimes we struggle to be honest with those we should be the closest withThe ending for me was sweet and came together well I really enjoyed this book and I can imagine it would be a great vacation read Perhaps a family vacation since there is no way your family is uite as dysfunctional as the FeldmansThank you to Berkley for my copy Opinions are my own

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Annette’s birthday vacation is looking and like the perfect storm Adrift together on the open seas the Feldmans will each face the truths. I love stories about family dynamics and family dysfunction In Elyssa Friedland's new book The Floating Feldmans she brings three generations of a family together with an added twist—they're heading on a cruise to celebrate Annette Feldman's 70th birthdayAnnette decides that it's time for her family to start acting like a family so she books them all on a Caribbean cruise She knows there are tensions—she hasn't really forgiven ne'er do well son Freddy for calling her a bitch when he got kicked out of college and her daughter Elise never seems to take her advice or have time for her—but she thinks her birthday is the perfect occasion to bring everyone togetherShe and David had given these children everything so why did they hate her She cringed thinking of that word They didn't hate her She chastised herself for even thinking it They loved her in that biological torrent that eclipses anything environmental But did they like her No probably they did notEveryone agreed to go on the cruise—and not just because Annette and her husband were paying—but each is bringing a secret or two in addition to the resentments they've been harboring for years And it's not just secrets between the generations—there are secrets between family members as well Throw all of this into the claustrophobic pressure cooker of a cruise ship and disaster is sure to strikeThere is a lot going on here—addiction problems job related issues secret relationships lack of communication health related secrets—and ironically the people they've been the angriest at may be the source of comfort and help in the end But it's going to take than midnight buffets to solve these problems The Floating Feldmans was a fun soapy melodramatic book that once again reminded me why I never want to go on a cruise especially with my family You've definitely seen these stories before and you know how everything will unfold yet in Friedland's hands it doesn't feel like a retread Amidst the misunderstandings and years old hurts are real issues and real problems that need to be confronted things that need to finally be said after going unsaid for so longI enjoyed this although I thought the storyline featuring the cruise director was a tangent that wasn't fully formed so it almost seemed extraneous This is definitely an engaging story that will hopefully make you thankful your family isn't this crazySee all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at


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  1. says:

    This is a wonderful women’s fiction novel Often funny other times poignant the book is told from multiple points of view So we see the grandmother Annette dealing with her grown children that she feels distant from She remembers all she did for them when they were children up through college The son Freddy remembers how he was never good enough compared to his perfect sister The daughter Elise remembers how her mother endlessly gives her beauty tips that make her feel belittled Then there are Elise’s husband and two children and their secretsAll of them have their own secrets which we the readers uickly become privy to but because the family won’t tell each other what’s actually going on in their lives we can just wait for this combustible situation to explode when they all meet aboard a cruise to celebrate Annette’s 70th birthday I chuckled I teared up I identified with the challenges of being in a family and not always saying what’s on our minds including apologizing and thanking one another Recommend Thank you to NetGalley and Berkely for the opportunity to review this novel which RELEASES JULY 23 2019 For reviews please visit


  2. says:

    Elyssa Friedland has constructed a clever and compelling story An evocative family drama filled with tension secrets and a splash of humor The setting of the cruise ship added even to the claustrophobic feel of the story Imagine three generations of a dysfunctional family confined to a cruise ship Meet the Feldmans Annette thought it would be a good idea to bring the family together for her 70th birthday Her two children their significant others and her grandchildren Sounds like a great idea doesn’t it? This was such an engaging story that kept my amateur therapist invested throughout We got The point of view of all the characters and this made us privy to a lot of secrets Some characters I connected with than others and some characters I liked than others I thought the dynamics between the siblings and parents and children were spot on I am part of that sandwich generation both my parents and my children are getting older As time consuming and challenging as it is to parent little kids it is so much trickier when they become adults I kept waiting for everything to hit the fan in this book and when it did oh boy All I’m going to say is Baked Alaska This was such a relatable story infused with heart and humor The perfect book to add to your summer reading list 🛳 Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book


  3. says:

    35 starsThis was a pretty enjoyable read about family members who all seem to be hiding some sort of secret from one another I do think it was a clever idea by the author to have most of the story take place on a cruise ship as it led to some interesting situations Annette Feldman decides she wants to do something special for her 70th birthday so she organizes a vacation on a cruise ship for her family So Annette her husband her daughter her son in law two grandkids her son and his girlfriend all climb aboard the ship some excited than others Hmm complicated family dynamics playing out in a confined space for a week I'm sure nothing could go wrong wink winkThe story follows the different family members so you do get an opportunity to see things from each person's perspective I can't say I liked each person but at least there was nobody I outright hated which was a problem I had when reading the author's book The Intermission Now I wouldn't say this is the most memorable book I have read exploring family dynamics but it was decent Each person has their own issue they are dealing with but for the most part it is a light and easy readThank you to the First to Read program for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion


  4. says:

    I love stories about family dynamics and family dysfunction In Elyssa Friedland's new book The Floating Feldmans she brings three generations of a family together with an added twist—they're heading on a cruise to celebrate Annette Feldman's 70th birthdayAnnette decides that it's time for her family to start acting like a family so she books them all on a Caribbean cruise She knows there are tensions—she hasn't really forgiven ne'er do well son Freddy for calling her a bitch when he got kicked out of college and her daughter Elise never seems to take her advice or have time for her—but she thinks her birthday is the perfect occasion to bring everyone togetherShe and David had given these children everything so why did they hate her? She cringed thinking of that word They didn't hate her She chastised herself for even thinking it They loved her in that biological torrent that eclipses anything environmental But did they like her? No probably they did notEveryone agreed to go on the cruise—and not just because Annette and her husband were paying—but each is bringing a secret or two in addition to the resentments they've been harboring for years And it's not just secrets between the generations—there are secrets between family members as well Throw all of this into the claustrophobic pressure cooker of a cruise ship and disaster is sure to strikeThere is a lot going on here—addiction problems job related issues secret relationships lack of communication health related secrets—and ironically the people they've been the angriest at may be the source of comfort and help in the end But it's going to take than midnight buffets to solve these problems The Floating Feldmans was a fun soapy melodramatic book that once again reminded me why I never want to go on a cruise especially with my family You've definitely seen these stories before and you know how everything will unfold yet in Friedland's hands it doesn't feel like a retread Amidst the misunderstandings and years old hurts are real issues and real problems that need to be confronted things that need to finally be said after going unsaid for so longI enjoyed this although I thought the storyline featuring the cruise director was a tangent that wasn't fully formed so it almost seemed extraneous This is definitely an engaging story that will hopefully make you thankful your family isn't this crazySee all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at


  5. says:

    35 stars rounded downAnnette Feldman has the bright idea to celebrate her 70th birthday on a 4 day Caribbean cruise surrounded by her family This is not one of those close knit lovey dovey families No her two children seem to resent each other and neither is particularly close to their parents They have trouble spending a few hours together let alone days in each other’s company Add in a few secrets such as a shopping addiction and a very young girlfriend and as the book blurb says you’ve got the perfect storm The uestion dear reader is what you are expecting from this book If you’re in the market for a family drama with glimpses of humor read on If you are expecting humor along the lines of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You look elsewhere The book switches from one POV to another giving us insights that the rest of the family don’t have Friedland nails the sibling rivalries and the parental anguish I found myself feeling sorry for the characters yet unable to relate to them Elise in particular just seemed pathetic and whiny I would have jumped ship if I was stuck dealing with her And Julian the cruise director seemed entirely unnecessary as a character Large portions of the book struck me as dry Friedland’s humor shines through best when describing the cruise itself The cruise seemed like one of the circles of hell and reminded me why you’ll never catch me on one When things finally reach a crisis I finally felt a connection with the characters As Elise says “I feel like I speak family as a second language” My thanks to netgalley and Berkley for an advance copy of this book


  6. says:

    Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis is going to be a very short review because to be completely honest I was only half paying attention throughout the entire book So what’s this book about? Between the troublesome family secrets old sibling rivalries and her two teenage grandkids Annette’s birthday vacation is looking and like the perfect storm Adrift together on the open seas the Feldmans will each face the truths they’ve been ignoring–and learn that the people they once thought most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat Or to simplify Crazy Rich Asians at sea Now I can’t say that this was totally unenjoyable There were some very funny scenes and most of the characters were super funny and interesting That said from page one it didn’t feel like there was anything going on The whole book felt like an introduction that went on for far too long And though yes this was very Crazy Rich Asians y it still fell short Kind of like a flat soda All that said please don’t let my opinion sway you from reading this I think that a lot of people will enjoy this novel because even though it was a bit slow it was expertly written and hilarious Bottom Line3 StarsRating PG 13 Content Screening Spoilers Educational Value 15 We learn about the illegal drug industry which is educational but not necessarily in a good way Positive Messages 45 Familial love settling arguments in a civil way Violence 35 Slapstick humor Nothing severe or gory Sex 25 Sexual themes and words Langauge 25 Brief and mild language DrinkingDrugs 45 A main character runs an illegal drug industry Trigger and Content Warning Loss of a loved one CancerReps NoneCover 45 Characters 35 Plot 25 Audio 35Publication Date July 23rd 2019Publisher Berkley Genre ContemporaryHumor Very sweet ending but overall pretty underwhelming Another random note at the end they mentioned the University of Maryland which is like an hour away from me that was cool another family drama because i don't have enough to deal with in real life| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram


  7. says:

    I initially started The Floating Feldmans while sitting poolside at home then as much as I was enjoying it had an epiphany and thought Wait I need to take this with me on my family cruise dad stepmom hubby two sons and daughter and read it because what could be perfect than that right? It turns out that I have some really great ideas at times because reading this family drama set on a cruise ship while sailing the high seas was fantastic funAnnette Feldman is celebrating a milestone birthday she's turning seventy and to celebrate the momentous day she plans a family cruise for herself her husband daughter and her husband her son and his much younger girlfriend and two grandkids This is a family with a very complicated dynamic even before they're thrown together on a cruise a fact you immediately glean in the first couple of chapters Deep secrets and a lack of communication are at the core of their relationships and it's apparent that the Feldmans really know nothing about each other With that in mind what could possibly go wrong among all of them when they're stuck together in a relatively small crowded place for 5 days? Speaking from someone who just disembarked from a cruise anything can and will happen and I don't have any big secrets from my familyElyssa Friedland tells the story through each of the vivid characters in the book so you get to know all of them as they tell their story There is Elise Annette's daughter who has a serious secret that will adversely affect her husband and son when they find out yet she has no idea her husband has his own secret Freddy the son has always been thought of just a stoner with no prospects yet his secret will shock his family Another big secret is the one being held by David Annette's husbandand then there are the grandkidsFriedland did such an excellent job bringing to life a uirky dysfunctional family The novel was humorous at times with snarky witty comments and dry humor Being on a cruise at the time I especially enjoyed how Friedland made cruises sound absolutely hellish I actually thought about jumping ship at one point while reading the bookNo matter how challenging the cruise or the situation what I loved about this book is it showed how relationships are ever evolving and how important forgiveness acceptance and love is within any relationship The Floating Feldmans is a clever insightful summer read that is perfect for a summer vacation or anytime Thank you Lauren Burnstein at Berkley Publishing for the gifted copy All opinions are my own 


  8. says:

    Release on July 23 2019The Feldmans are than a tad dysfunctional and a non cohesive bunch and thus for the past few years is reflected in their infreuent gatherings and their choice to be physically distance from the NE by living in Colorado and California Through the eyes of the matriarch Annette we observe her concern One day she has an epiphany to reunite the family in a last ditch effort to encourage forgiveness and harmony between her sonFreddy and daughter Elise Both Freddy and Elise have big secrets that keep them from being their true self before their family Elise's shopping has plunged her family into extreme debt while her stable consistent husband Mitch is playing fast and loose with his career Their children Rachel and Darius are older teenagers about to embark on adulthood though they often act childish and retaliatory against the other What happens when eight family members are removed from their home environments and distractions? They are forced by circumstance to be congenial with others they resent? It results in a whole lot of smirks shaking the head and a few laughs by the reader The novel achieves terrific realism for those who have experienced this type of family or known a family like this The premise is pretty standard fare What made this a great novel was the insights and irony exposed Conundrums viewed How does a black sheep return to the fold? How do middle age adults look past childhood resentments and trauma? What can we do about our toxic secrets that control us? How will we be remembered by those we love? Is it possible to lay aside our pain and personal agenda's to support and love someone else during their time of pain and glory? It may sound both complex and depressing but there is a lot of hope mixed into the scenario Many dynamic shifts happen during the five days at sea People start to step out of their own perspectives and open their arms to embrace those they've rejected It ends with much hope for their relationships in the future I loved the characterizations they were dynamic and evolving Friedland shows us their foibles and successes and we learn to embrace a few and accept the others Annette isn't the warmest person in the room and yet she knows that her greatest success will be to provide a foundation of love and safety The vacation is a foil to real life and its challenges Their cruise demonstrates that there are always temptations that can distract us from accomplishing our goals and focusing on what is truly important It is critical that we take opportunities to delight in others and look at the potentialities available to us This is a fast and compelling read It stayed with me even days after I closed the book Though at times it was almost whimsical it had a terrific life lesson for the reader This is a book you buy as a gift for others and keep a copy for yourself I devoured this story in less than 36 hours I enjoyed it as much Friedland's book The Intermission Thank you to Berkley the author and Goodreads for providing this book to me in exchange for an honest review The opinions expressed are solely my own


  9. says:

    A charming contemporary family drama featuring a highly dysfunctional family with some endearingly uirky characters Secrets old rivalries and resentment abound bringing in drama caused by holding on to those secrets I have to admit that if I were in this family I’d probably keep secrets as well because ono cohesive family unit is an understatement when describing this familyThe Feldmans are a dysfunctional family as most evidenced by the fact that they have chosen to put as much physical distance between themselves to avoid spending time to together than necessary But when the matriarch of the family Annette is on the cusp of her 70th birthday she asks the family to go on a 4 day cruise together to celebrateAs Annette and her husband David their daughter Elise and her husband Elise’s two kids Annette’s son Freddy and Freddy’s young girlfriend board the ship they have no idea the type of pressure cooker that their family has entered and than one secret will be outed aboard that shipElise is hiding a huge secret from not only her parents but her husband Mitch and her children But she isn’t the only one Mitch has something he is keeping from Elise as well David hides a secret from Annette And the biggest secret of all might be held by Freddy whom everyone assumes is a burnout but is actually running a successful businessOn this crowded cruise ship with terrible food and not enough space for all of the Feldman’s and their baggage secrets come to be revealed and the family realizes that perhaps they aren’t so different from one another after allThis family is SO messed up but surprisingly endearing Elyssa Feldman’s characters are vivid and well developed creating a novel that feels somewhat like watching a play unfold The interactions among the family members are among the most memorable scenes and felt realistic There was a nice sprinkling of humor to keep a smile on my face while I was readingI’ve never been on a cruise before because there was always something that would make me feel a bit trapped on a cruise ship That claustrophobic feeling that I fear is rampant in this book It isn’t the most favorable view of a cruise ship vacation that is for certain That said the cover and marketing for this book are absolutely amazing The nautical colors the drawing the port windows all really drew me to the book in an inexplicable wayCan you imagine a family as dysfunctional as this all being trapped on a cruise ship together? It is a nightmare They all of major secrets they are keeping from one another and I found that this environment was the perfect setting for them to be forced to confront the truths that they’ve been hiding This book highlights the notion that sometimes we struggle to be honest with those we should be the closest withThe ending for me was sweet and came together well I really enjoyed this book and I can imagine it would be a great vacation read Perhaps a family vacation since there is no way your family is uite as dysfunctional as the FeldmansThank you to Berkley for my copy Opinions are my own


  10. says:

    If you enjoy books about oddly endearing dysfunctional families this is the book for you This was surprisingly poignant look at what happens when on uirky family finally spends than one meal together and the results were highly entertaining and profoundly funnyThis is told via multiple perspectives you hear from almost everyone in the Feldman crew and even a member of staff on the cruise I love a good ensemble cast and every single one of these people had some pretty juicy secrets If was kind of one of those situations where you think do ANY of these people talk to each other? But it was also really apparent that each had valid reasons for keeping said secrets to themselves I really enjoyed every single one of the characters they all brought something uniue to the table and though I don’t think I would want any of them as members of my own family I was pretty invested in both their individual storylines as well as their dynamics as a groupThe author is a talented writer she has a sharp and witty insight into family that really shines through in the storyline and I breezed through this one mainly do to her thoughtful and funny observations Recommended as a fun summer read I definitely had fun with this one and can easily see it being popular but if you’re planning a cruise yourself you may want to wait to read it until after your tripThe Floating Feldman’s in three words Sardonic Enjoyable and Dysfunctional


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