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Flip Paperback – April 10, 2012
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"Bedford packs so much exhilarating action and cleanly cut characterizations into his teen debut that readers will be catapulted headfirst into Alex’s strange new world...The mysteries are countless: What is a soul? Where does it go when its human host ceases to function? Bedford adeptly sweeps the existential curtain aside and tackles these heavy questions as the tension soars."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2011:
"It’s an immediately engaging story, with careful pacing and strong characterizations that add depth to the basic premise...The author uses Alex’s predicament to examine questions of identity, family, and the human soul in ways that are involving and thought-provoking."
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About the only one who recognizes Alex to NOT be Flip is the Garamond family's retriever, Beagle, who gives him a growl each time he sees him. Soon, though, Alex finds friends on the web -- folks who have experienced something called PE (no, not physical education -- psychic evacuation) like him. It's when a soul jumps the rails and lands in another body due to extreme physical duress or death of its own. Is it any wonder why Alex hesitates to type his own name in the Google search box? How'd you like to read your own obit?
Many interesting angles develop as Flip begins to perplex family and friends alike with some "new" habits (really his old ones). When he abandons such avocations as cricket and crudeness, his lads are REALLY worried. Where's good old Flip, the "boys-will-be-boys" type if ever there was one? Then he falls for a sensitive and intelligent girl -- not just a girl with a great body. This is the last straw for the rest.Read more ›
When I was fourteen or so, the age of the protagonist, Alex Grey, in this YA novel, the kids in my neighborhood used the word "flip" when they were frustrated. If, for example, you tried to make a layup when you were playing basketball and missed, you'd say, "Flip! I should've made that!"
Martyn Bedford chose to call his main character by the moniker, Flip. It was also chosen as the title of his book. It was a careful and calculated selection, bringing lots of inherent connotation with it. It's selection is indicative of the care with which Bedford has constructed an adventure in the lives of Alex Grey and Philip "Flip " Garamond for any willing reader to consider. Flip denotes action: being turned over or around, the dizziness of spinning, the frustration of -- not a missed basket -- but a missed life.
As a redheaded kid -- or, as the British say, ginger-headed -- with a freckled face, I identified with this story. Often, as a lad, I daydreamed about being popular, being athletic, having dark hair and skin that tanned, and being good-looking. Wished for it. "If only," I thought. Well, that's the basic premise in this book. Alex Grey plays the clarinet and likes chess. Boring. He sunburns and does relatively well in school; he doesn't get in trouble. He is not popular, there's nothing much about him to attract much attention.Read more ›
Martyn Bedford takes a cliche and freshens it up through realism, a well-written voice, and sympathetic characters. You like Alex. You want him to have a happy ending.
The writing is easy to read, but not stupid. I was glued to this book, wanting to know what happened next and if Alex did, indeed, get his happy ending. Bedford is a good example of a writer who keeps a consistent voice and consistent, believably growing characters throughout his novel. Bedford didn't take short cuts in this story--Alex's decisions about what to do are perfectly believable, as are the rest of the world's response to his actions. This is a breath of fresh air with a concept and genre that you would expect to require a lot more suspension of disbelief.
The weakest point of Flip was definitely the ending. Many loose ends were left unresolved. Alex also ended the story with a curious lack of empathy for a certain character that I felt was very out of character for Alex, seeing as he had so much empathy for others throughout the book.
To summarize, Flip is a book worth your time if you're looking for a quick, clever read. Bedford did an excellent job taking a typically silly sci-fi concept and making it fresh and realistic with believable, sympathetic characters. But don't expect too much out of the ending.
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Flip may be YA, but the reader of any age takes away from the book thoughts of what is right and wrong as far as one life being valuable and another not so valuable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bmat
I'm still reading this book, but it is great story. I like the strange story like this book. as a result I advice to buy this book now !!!Published 15 months ago by Felemban,Ahmed
This book surprised me - I found it more entertaining and interesting then I had originally suspected. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alex O.
I really wish the shared Philips side when he returned back to his own body.. I would of liked to have knownPublished 21 months ago by Crystal
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Quick & Dirty: A somewhat interesting premise of soul-switching makes for what might be a good read for a pre-teen audience, but... Read more
I'm not quite a YA, but I found this book to be many-layered and very well-written. I think the plot's been well-summarized, so just my thoughts: I could not stop reading this... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by mommydowntime
For adults, Flip is predictable and cliche. (The only character who knows Flip has been replaced is the dog. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by PDXbibliophile
This book was great! I wish the ending was a little longer. But otherwise one of the best i have ever read.Published on June 17, 2013 by Angie Childers
I had to read this for my summer reading project and it was weird and surprising, and definitely mind-boggling. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Abby