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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375869964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375869969
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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

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I would recommend this book to any teens who like romance and sci-fi.
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The last seventy-five pages of the book I couldn't put down and kept on reading.
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I've never written a review before but this book really surprised me.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Flame on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't think I had any real expectations for this book, but Flutter really surprised me. It captured my attention from the very beginning and held it all the way to the very end.

Seventeen year old Emery lives her life in a hospital, she has been having "loops" since she was little and as she became older it has become worse to where she can't even go on with day to day activities without looping (time traveling). The loops are slowly killing her and she knows it. When she loops she sometimes visits people from her past, she goes to the future and most of the time she meets up with a little boy. At first things are vague but eventually her time spent with the little boy becomes more and more vivid to the point where she runs away from the hospital and her father who looks at her as a lab rat to experiment on and ventures off to find out more about the little boy and what he wants from her.

Hmm where to really start, I really thought I knew what was going on the entire time but boy was I wrong about everything literally. And I loved it! This book was not predictable at all, I would have never guessed what was really up with her loops and no way did I even imagine for it to the end the way that it did. After I was finished reading I was walking around just a little shocked because I did not see it coming, the ending came out of left field. It was sad and beautiful all at once.

As for the two main characters Emery and Ash they both had depth to them, and I liked the fact that it wasn't all centered around Emery. Ash also had some messed up things going on in his life that made him and easily believable character. I loved the chemistry between the two and the fact that it took time for their feelings to develop for each other.

Overall Flutter was a wonderful read and I really am looking forward to see what else Gina Linko writes in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa M Oxborrow on October 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a great choice for teens that love both realistic fiction AND sci-fi/fantasy. (And adults that can't get enough of teen fiction.) :)
Realistic fiction fans will relate to the character conflicts and salivate over the developing relationship between Emery and Ash. Sci-fi/fantasy junkies will be desperate to figure out Emery's loops. Is it really time travel? Is it all in her head (and body)? Or could it be something else entirely?
The building tension will keep readers glued to the pages: I literally inhaled the last 100 pages! I'll be recommending we purchase it for our YA collection at the library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Baugher on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Awesome! Very interesting story. What does she have? Epilepsy, her dad and the doctors say. But she knows its really something else. Time travel? Where does she really go when she has a seizure?
The story unfolds with all the frustration, confusion, and speculation that Emery feels conveyed so strongly to the reader, one cannot help but get drawn into the story. The possibilities of what's really happening are astounding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ShopGirl on October 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found out this book was available for the Kindle and I downloaded it. After dinner that night, I casually started reading it. Little did I know that I would get hooked! I finished the book that night - I couldn't put it down. I found myself reading faster and faster - just to know what was going to happen next. I fell in love with the characters, and Gina Linko's writing made me feel like I was there. There are surprises as the story goes along - ones that made me gasp - out loud! Oh, and the ending made me cheer - again, out loud. I would highly recommend this book for young adults and even young-at-heart adults. This is a must read for anyone! I bought two copies for my nieces as Christmas gifts - but now that I've read it - they'll be getting it this weekend. :)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By msarmyspouse95 on January 13, 2013
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Flutter is a top rated book for young adults. My young adult found it difficult to finish. The book was extremely slow until the last 5 chapters. At that point the book picked up and was worthy of it's top rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris S. on October 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've never written a review before but this book really surprised me. I don't like sci-fi (this isn't really sci-fi, in my opinion) and I usually stay away from time travel (the future is always so depressing). So, don't ask me how I ended up reading this book. But I did, and I LOVED it. In fact, all of the classic category labels that get put on this don't do it justice. I would say it's more of a spiritual, romantic mystery, if that makes sense.

Anyway, one of my faves. Highly recomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki E. on October 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you like to be thrilled, this book is for you! Flutter is one of those books you don't want to put down because you are constantly wanting to know what's in store next. Emry's "looping" (from seizures) that takes her back and forth in time, along with the development of the various relationships in this book, makes for an interesting, suspensful storyline with exciting twists and turns. And the ending? GENIUS! Gina Linko amazed and impressed me with Flutter. I feel like I hit the jackpot and can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise B. on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book from one of my friends whose daughter is in high school. Under normal circumstances, I would not take this referral too serious and actually go out and buy the book....I am so happy that I did. This book is, as they say, a page turner. I finished it about an hour ago and want to tell everyone about this story. I NEVER give my opinion under the review section of items I read/purchase; WELL, this book is, for sure, worth every waking moment (past your bed time). ENJOY!!!!
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