Trying to Float is hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise— a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents.   No doubt, people will allude to other books in attempts to describe this one (Holden Caulfield if he went to public school, Eloise without room service) but truly Nicolaia’s chronicle is sui generis. I had such a good time reading it that the person I share an apartment with told me to stop saying, “You can’t believe how extraordinary this is!” because he was trying to concentrate on something else and anyway, he believed me the first time." (PATTY MARX, New Yorker staff writer and author of Let’s Be Less Stupid and Him Her Him Again The End of Him)


“I love this book! Nicolaia Rips, while young, is the real thing.  Wodehouse reborn in a young girl.  He would have been charmed.” (Joel Grey, author of Master of Ceremonies)


“Nicolaia Rips is an old-soul sophisticate who’s written a breezy memoir. [Trying to Float] is like Eloise Meets Wes Anderson.” (Elle)


“[A] delightful coming-of-age memoir…Rips is a gifted writer who quickly reveals a mature, nuanced insight into human behavior. She has a genuine talent for extracting comic potential within these encounters, yet she balances them with moments of surprising poignancy. An engaging story with a big heart, written by a young adult whose sharply tuned and often witty observations will appeal to adults and teens alike.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review


"Ah." (HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER, unimpressed and unwilling to fix subpar grades)


“This heartfelt memoir balances pathos and humor, proving that Rips, still only a senior in high school, is a promising writer who is wise beyond her years.” (Publishers Weekly)


"Reading about Nic’s bohemian childhood is like chatting with a friend over coffee and busting out laughing over the most awkward moments from your past—hers were just a lot more exotic! This peek into the author’s diverse, unfocused childhood was hilarious, heartwarming and totally outrageous." (Justine Magazine)


"As a former resident of the Chelsea Hotel, I came at this book with trepidation. What could an 17-year-old have to say about the last Dionysian castle in New York City? My skepticism ended with the prologue. Nicolaia Rips writes with wit, discipline, and grace. Her voice is real. With this book she is announcing herself as a force in the next generation of artists." (Ethan Hawke)


"Can I curse here? Because this book is fucking fantastic." (JOANNA WAGNER, author’s best friend)


“These little tales about little rascals in New York City are charming, strange, and inspiring.  What a very funny, improbably truthful book about childhood this is.” (JOSEPH O'NEILL, author of Netherland and The Dog)

"What do you mean you wrote a book?" (EVERYBODY AT LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL, class of 2016)