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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781611062915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611062915
  • ASIN: 1611062918
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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"Bedford's taut style and psychological insight make Flip a gripping thriller." (Amanda Craig, The Times) "...a brilliant, engrossing, thought provoking, psychological thriller that was impossible to put down. The key to the novel's ability to enthral lies in the way in which the author has somehow managed to identify the teenage psyche and capture the voice of one with shocking realism." (www.thebookbag.co.uk)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Martyn Bedford began his career as a journalist and is the author of five books for adults, including Acts of Revision, which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Book Award, The Houdini Girl and Black Cat. Flip is his first book for teens. He later became the director of the novel writing programme at the University of Manchester, as well as fiction critic for the Literary Review. Martyn currently teaches the creative writing module at Leeds Trinity University College and is a former Royal Literary Fund Fellow. He lives in IIkley, West Yorkshire, with his family. Visit Martyn at www.martynbedford.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Time, place, disorientation, and most of all characters are well written.
Pasiphae
Unique, fascinating, easy-to-read; I highly recommend FLIP to anyone who enjoys good YA fiction.
Ellen C. Maze Sallas
Everything about this book was unpredictable and I was pleasantly surprised by it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2011
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British author Martyn Bedford's first foray into YA literature is a believable bluff that will keep the pages moving. His hero Alex Gray, a clarinet and chess-playing sensitive kid from a London suburb, wakes up one day in a much more muscular and athletic body known as Philip "Flip" Garamond. Quickly introduced, the problems Alex confronts in life as Flip at home and at school propel the novel forward, as the boy is subjected to all manner of contradictions not only in looks but in lifestyles (and girlfriends -- plural, in dashing Flip's case). Eventually ethics filter in as Alex struggles with the disadvantages and begins to enjoy a few advantages of being someone he is not. Should he try to find his way back? Can he? Where is his own body? And is it even alive?

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate on December 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Alex Gray wakes up in Philip Garamond's body, a boy the same age who he doesn't know living miles away from where he lives. Six months have passed that he doesn't remember, and no one believes Alex is who he says he is.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tactitles VINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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The description of this book seemed familiar. Freaky Friday, Big, and Back To The Future came to mind. A nerdy boy wakes up in a popular, athletic boy's body. Predictable? I was pleasantly surprised that this book was so much more than that, on so many levels.

Fourteen year old Alex is an asthmatic geek who loves clarinets and chess. He wakes up one morning in the body of Phillip "Flip" Garamond, who is a popular athletic boy. Even worse, six months have passed and Alex is across the country from where he went to sleep last night. He struggles to figure out what has happened, and how to fix it without making people believe he is crazy. Is he stuck in his new body forever? He is now what many boys would like to be - popular and athletic, with many girlfriends and friends. There are perks to being Flip. But Alex wants to find a way to be himself again.

Modern technologies such as cell phones, email, and the internet add an interesting twist to the age-old body swap story. They lead you deeper into the story, but also add unexpected roadblocks. In a light-hearted way this book explores topics such as what is a soul, what identity means, and the will to survive. The parallels between how teenagers deal with identity issues and Alex's extreme experience with his new identity are tied together nicely. The book is not too deep for young adults, and older adults will get just as much out of the thought-provoking dilemmas and concepts that the characters face as younger readers. For a young adult book, the ending was definitely not as predictable as it could have been. It would be interesting to read a sequel, from the Flip side.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Morris from Kid Lit Reviews on May 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Few words can describe Flip with justice, so I am not going to try. Taken from the inside jacket flap:

One morning fourteen-year-old Alex wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table? Total strangers.

This will undoubtedly be the shortest review I will ever have the privilege of writing. Whatever the top prize is each year for young adult literature, Martyn Bedford has written the year's unquestionable winner. His writing, brilliant and captivating, is the reason I read and review whatever comes my way. It is the golden nugget. These pages will stick to your fingers, begging to be turned, until all that is left are blank fillers. Your mind will not let go, even then. I am stunned - at what I just now finished reading. It is purely magic to be led down an unfamiliar and unbelievable path, and find one's self believing to the end. Bravo!

Note: received from publisher
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