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Flip-Flopped: A Novel Paperback – May 2, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312316119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312316112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keeley's life in beautiful Hawaii is a bit stressful--her husband, Kam, has moved out to live with a hula dancer, who wants to move to Fiji (along with Kam's and Keeley's son, Dante). At work, Keeley is stuck in the finance department, even though she was hired as a scientist to study Kohala, the island's long-extinct volcano. In the little time she fits in for Kohala, she notices activity. As the volcano heats up, so does Keeley's life; first there's the custody battle she's in with her husband; then there's her lawyer's iguana (which Keeley adopts in exchange for a reduced fee); and, finally, there's her simmering relationship with a British art agent, whose initial lure seems to be that he knows Davy Jones, Keeley's childhood idol. Some of the events in Keeley's frantic life seem quite contrived, but a willing suspension of disbelief makes it possible to appreciate Smolinski's honest and funny look at the loss of love and the process of grieving. A light and charming debut. Beth Warrell
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"Smart, engaging, and as refreshing as a dip in the surf..." (Jennifer Weiner, author of Good in Bed)

"Settle down with a Mai-Tai, you're in for a treat!" (Libby Schmais, author of The Perfect Elizabeth)

"Smolinski's voice is funny and wise and her tough, tender characters will stay with you long after this...story ends." (Linda Phillips Ashour, author of A Comforting Lie)
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More About the Author

Jill Smolinski is author of the novels Objects of My Affection, The Next Thing on My List and Flip-Flopped. She lives in Los Angeles, and loves calling or Skyping into book clubs to discuss her books. Visit her at JillSmolinski.com for more information or to request a book club call-in.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this treat of a book and hope that the author writes more books in the future.
Lizzie
I read this book in two evenings, with young boys charging about, even, because I didn't want to put it down.
Lisa Mccoy
I really enjoyed the witty dialogue, the repartee between the characters, and the way the story played out.
Linda Keathley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on July 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A friend of mine recommended Flip-Flopped. Apparently, Jill Smolinski's writing style is similar to Marian Keyes's and Jennifer Weiner's. Having read the aforementioned authors' novels, I picked up Flip-Flopped. Glad I did. Filled with dry, sarcastic humor, Keenley is one of the funniest heroines I have read in a while.
Set in Hawaii, Keeley is under a lot of stress. Her husband, Kam, has left her for a hula dancer. He intends to move to Figi with her and, to Keeley's dismay, take his and Keeley's son with him, which is why he stops at nothing to get full custody of the child. To make matters worse, she is stuck in a professional rut. As a scientist, she wishes to study the progress of a volcano that threatens to burst at any given day, but she is in charge of the finance department instead. The only good thing going in her life is Ian, an adorable British art agent. But does she have time for romance? And, more importantly, is she over Kam? There are some interesting twists in the novel.
I love the characters. Morna, Keeley's eccentric divorce lawyer, is the most hilarious character in the novel. I also liked Regatta and Keeley's workmates. Character development was done brilliantly.
I have to agree with my friend. Smolinski's writing is similar to Marian Keyes's and Jennifer Weiner's. In fact, for all Marian Keyes fans, this novel reminds me of Watermelon. However, Smolinski is a great author in her own right. I hope that she continues to write for a living. I recommend this gem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Reutter on June 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I saw that this got a "thumbs up" from the author of GOOD IN BED (which I loved), so I decided to check it out... glad I did! I couldn't put it down! Much like GOOD IN BED, the main character is witty and a bit sarcastic, yet the book has moments where it's very touching. It tells the story of Keely, a woman who's trying to come to grips with the fact that she's been dumped by her husband, then finds herself in a custody battle over their four-year-old son. There are some very funny moments in here. My favorites were the erotic origami auction and the scenes involving Davy Jones of the Monkees. Hilarious! Yet the story also has a lot to say about love, relationships, forgiveness and parenting that will stay with you long after the laughs are over. You can't go wrong for a fun and thoughtful read. The BEST book of the summer!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pat Shepich on July 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Ms.Smolinski made then seem like my friends. I loved the Origami Exhibit! Her style of writing makes for a fun read, yet her characters had depth, and you really felt the emotions that Keeley was going through. It is a very amusing story, yet it has depth that makes you want the book to go on,long after it has ended. I hope it is made into a movie
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By scott strohmaier on June 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was preparing to go on a vacation to New York and I wanted to get a book to read on the plane. A friend of mine suggested a brand-new romantic comedy called "Flip-Flopped."
I picked up a copy and later that night started to read it. Well, I couldn't put it down. Page after page kept me riveted to this amazing character, Keeley, and her emotional roller coaster ride on the Big Island of Hawaii.
What made the book so unique and fun was that the author gave us a character we have not seen before. Keeley is sexy and sweet, smart and refreshingly unsentimental. In the madness of a divorce she somehow manages to keep her head together and keep her heart open all the while taking care of her adorable son Dante.
As she balances affairs of the law and the heart we fall in love with Keeley's tenacity, tenderness and her terrific sense of humor.
I found this book to be a fantastic read. The problem is I couldn't stop reading it. Now I have to get another book for my vacation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Storm on June 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'll be honest, this is my girlfriend's book. Personally as a straight male I wouldn't be caught dead reading a book like this. But my girlfriend read it and I kept wondering what the hell she was laughing out loud about. She handed the book to me several times over the days that she was reading it and I found myself cracking up as well. Needless to say, when she was finished, I picked it up. I'm normally the "Stephen King" type book reader, but this book is damn funny, especially for a "chick book". Anyways, I'm sure the women will love this book, but if you're a guy and want some hilarious insight into the way a woman's mind can work, pick this book up. Of course this is fiction (wink, wink).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate McMains on June 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Flip-Flopped" is a laugh-out-loud visit to the Big Island--complete with a volcano, Davy Jones, erotic origami and an iguana named St. Ignatius...and those are just the side trips. Keeley Baker-Kekuhi is a smart, but frazzled, woman with an interesting job (as a volcanologist), a young son and an even more immature surfer-dude husband, whom she's trying to divorce, in fits and starts. Smolinski's writing is nimble and makes biting use of pop culture (the kind spelled with a "k"). This book is filled with laughs and truths about the way people (and iguanas) behave and misbehave.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Mccoy on June 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful find! Very witty with great characters. She had me laughing from the first paragraph -- seriously! I outright roared at the origami exhibit, winced in L.A., gulped when....well, I won't spoil it. Jill is a talented storyteller who will keep you in stitches with her sarcastic one-twos. Much like her other writing, this book puts you right there with the characters, almost as one of them, rather than as a spectator.
The story rolled so well I felt I was watching her share her story, complete with the usual side comments and brief histories that pepper animated conversations. This novel is also visually provocative, but not blatantly so, which would have been dreadful. I read this book in two evenings, with young boys charging about, even, because I didn't want to put it down.
Keely is a character that you want to "wahoo!" for, as she attempts to gracefully glide through such difficult times. The allusions to the time and place of her youth are, trust me, dead-on, another reason I really like this book. The other characters are rife with mannerisms and idiosyncracies enough to fill a Bob-Lo boat.
While I've never actually been there yet, the descriptions in "Flip-Flopped" led me into what I imagine would be real-world Hawaii, off the beaten resort path. Who needs Fabio?! Kam in his surf duds, with the descriptions of this clever authoress, does it for me.
Now, where did I put that Hawaiian music CD? We're having pineapple chicken tonight, btw.
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