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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374303649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374303648
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A well-written story. Occasional emotional abysses provide a touch of melodrama.... To many girls the setting will be fascinating -- and the boarding school background is usually a popular one (only too hard to find today)."  - Kirkus Reviews

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Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.

But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her. And since dating is forbidden except to seniors, their romance must remain a secret. With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Madeleine L'engle once again created a wonderful book.
An 11-year old toy enthusiast
Another person who really helped Flip in the beginning of the book was Madame Perceval, the art teacher.
Maryam
I have read this book nearly three times now, and I know I will read its pages many more times still.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Taylor on June 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before I read this book, I was already a great fan of Madeline L'Engle's work. However, And Both Were Young confirmed my admiration for her as a person and left me once again in awe at her amazing abilities as a writer! Though the book was originally written quite some time ago in L'Engle's youth, it holds more feelings and displays more emotion and wit than thousands of novels that have been written later in the author's life.
First introduced is Phillipa Hunter, or Flip, a teenage girl who is struggling with life after the death of her mother and the new lady friend of her father, Eunice. Wishing to follow in the steps of her father to become an artist, Flip is devastated when she learns that her father is going to China to sketch without her. Eunice then sends Flip to boarding school in Switzerland while she and Flip's father tour China. Recognizably different from the other students at the school, she is automatically excluded and spends most of her time in solitude, until she happens to stumble upon an ancient chateau. Inside the chateau she meets Paul, a young boy, not unlike herself, searching for answers amidst a past of brokenness and carefully shrouded mystery. As their friendship grows into love, each learns from the other, and Flip's heart finally begins to heal after a year of loneliness and mourning for her mother. However, Paul's wound is not so easily healed. As Flip finds her niche in the school's society and some friends of her own, she now has to help Paul recover his past and face the many fears it encompasses. As new acquaintances come into Flip's life, she learns how to be true to herself and to others.
The journey of this girl into womanhood is heartfelt and well written in my opinion.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on November 7, 2003
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When young Philippa (Flip) is forced to leave her father, and her home in Connecticut, and begin attending a Swiss boarding school, she couldn't be more heartbroken. She knows instantly that she isn't like the other girls at school. She isn't sophisticated, or knowledgeable about boys. In fact, even the thought of boys leaves her tongue tied. The only time Flip really feels good, is when she's by herself, wandering in the mountains, or sketching. But when she meets a French boy named Paul during one of her walks, everything changes. As their friendship (and relationship) grows, Flip's self-confidence grows with it. If only they didn't have to hide their romance. After all, only seniors were allowed to date, so Flip and Paul's romance is forbidden. With new obstacles being faced everyday, Flip now has to help Paul confront his past, if she hopes to one day have a future with him.
L'Engle has done it again. AND BOTH WERE YOUNG is an amazing book written with characters who are poised, confident, intelligent, exciting, and intriguing. Flip is a female character who any teenage girl can relate to. What with her spunky, and spirited personality. Paul is the guy whom every girl will fall in love with, and feel sorry for, as they continue reading. This is a must-have book for all L'Engle fans. Especially those who loved CAMILLA.
Erika Sorocco
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By butler39 on August 3, 2003
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I started AND BOTH WERE YOUNG because I knew it was about a girl who leaves for school. Since I am about to leave as well(except for college) I thought it would be an interesting read. I was not disappointed.
Flip and Paul are beautiful characters, full of doubts and pain. However, in each other they find answers to their doubts and a balm for their pain. Watching their relationship unfold is sweet in every way first loves should be.
L'Engle's writing is beautiful and captivating. My mind had little room to wonder. Although the book is classified as young adult, I feel like any age will find it as a great read that can transport them out of their surroundings into the snow-covered country of Switzerland.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
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I am not a romance reader, but I am a fan of L'Engle. "And Both Were Young" is a well-written romance for teens that touches on darker issues. The novel deals realistically with death and with a daughter's feelings of betrayal when her father, a widower, dates another woman. The horror of World War II and its affects on the characters, especially Paul, is realistic, but still leaves hope for the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson VINE VOICE on April 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I think this may have been the last Madeleine L'Engle book I read (for the first time) as a teenager. And for some reason it holds a sort of distinction in my head because of that fact. I, like most other readers I know who love her books, got in on the whole thing with A Wrinkle in Time, moving on to the other Murry and O'Keefe family books and then the Austin family series and so on from there. I must have been somewhere around ten or so when I first read the Time series and by the time I got through all the others and worked my way around to her standalones I was a bit older. Although one of my very favorite things about her body of young adult work is that there are so many connections between them. And while AND BOTH WERE YOUNG is probably one of the most standalone of them all, for the discerning reader there is a very lovely, very oblique reference to its main character in L'Engle's much later novel A Severed Wasp. Interestingly, I don't think I ever realized just how old this book is. Originally published in 1949, it was actually her first young adult novel. Incidentally, my copy features the old 1983 cover. But a lovely new hardback edition was just released on Tuesday and, as it is one of my very favorite of L'Engle's books, I wanted to highlight it while I convince my local bookshop to order a copy into the store.

Phillipa Hunter, better known as Flip (oh, how much I love this), never wanted to leave her father and her Connecticut home to come to a Swiss boarding school. That was her father's new "friend" Eunice's bright idea.
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Madeleine L'Engle, the popular author of many books for children and adults, has interspersed her writing and teaching career with raising three children, maintaining an apartment in New York and a farmhouse of charming confusion which is called "Crosswicks."

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