Mike by Andrew Norriss
David Fickling Books | February 26, 2019
MEET FLOYD. He’s a tennis star. Possibly good enough to win Wimbledon one day. MEET MIKE. He’s… different. Apart from anything else, Floyd seems to be the only one who can see him. But Mike must have appeared for a reason. And finding out why is perhaps the most important thing Floyd will ever do…
Floyd has been playing tennis since he was two years old and is the British Under 18 Champ. Why wouldn’t he be? His dad was almost the best tennis British tennis player ever, until his accident. His parents even met at a tennis club. Tennis has been a part of his life since before he was even born. Mike, on the other hand, isn’t so interested in tennis which causes some complications for Floyd on the court. Floyd’s main concern is not disappointing his parents and giving up on their dream and all they have done to get him where he is. That’s where Dr. Pinner comes in and helps Floyd figure out who Mike is and how to make him go away.
Mike is a projection of Floyd that isn’t interested in playing tennis anymore. At one of Floyd’s matches, he holds Floyd’s arm back so he can’t swing it to serve just to make his point. Which Floyd’s father passes as a cramp and delays the match.
Dr. Pinner was one of my favorite characters because he was trying to help Floyd figure out who Mike was. Once they figured it out, he gave Floyd suggestions, never pushing, on what to do even when Floyd decided to not tell his parents he didn’t like tennis anymore.
I actually liked Floyd’s parents in the beginning. They were super supportive and helpful, but when Floyd finally decided to tell them he didn’t find tennis fun anymore, it’s like they flipped. His dad stormed out of the room and his mom got really angry. At first, they blamed it on Dr. Pinner, but after they all had a talk they realized it was true.
Floyd found want he really enjoyed doing after staying with his grandma over the summer. She lives near the beach and Floyd would go walking on it every day. He fell in love with marine life. He also met a girl whose family opened up many doors for him.
I really enjoyed this book because of how relatable it is. All of us, at one time or another in our lives, have done things because we don’t want to disappoint someone else. Floyd was faced with that decision and not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings. I love the way this book ended with Floyd doing what he ultimately loved. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a quick, and easy read.
Thank you Edelweiss and David Fickling Books for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.