From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Emery is a 17-year-old epileptic who claims to time travel while she is having seizures. No one believes her, of course, but then, suddenly, enough weirdness happens during an episode to get the attention of her father, who is a muckety-muck research doctor. While hospitalized, she runs away and meets Ash, a boy whom she sees in her visions but who turns out to be a real person, and she is suddenly caught up in a whirlwind adventure. What are her visions trying to tell her? Who is chasing her? Is all of this real or a product of her seizures? Flutter is an interesting read, and the characters are well-rounded. There is enough suspense to keep readers going through the slow spots, and though the story can shift abruptly due to the time jumps, the plot progresses nicely and combines suspense, family drama, science fiction, and romance. Though readers will most likely guess the ending, they will enjoy the ride.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Seventeen-year-old Emery Land is brilliant but physically damaged. She sleeps every night in a hospital where a team of doctors studies her condition, as she suffers from frequent seizures. Emery calls them loops because, to her, they’re more like time traveling. She sees her scientist father as an old man, gently mellowed from his current distant self, and she sees a young boy with whom she clearly has a special, if undefined, connection. Desperate to find out what it all means, Emery runs away, taking a bus to the remote Michigan town that the boy told her about. There she finds a welcoming community and meets Ash, a handsome young drifter who is clearly trying to work through intense guilt with philanthropic acts. As her health spirals downwards, Emery begins to understand what’s going on and what her visions really mean. Comfortably predictable romance is deepened here by genuine curiosity about an afterlife and a strong ethical sense of karma. There are few surprises and minimal characterization, but Linko takes the reader on a reflective journey that will inspire discussion. Grades 7-12. --Debbie Carton