- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743449533
- ISBN-13: 978-0743449533
- Package Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,822,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flip Flopped Paperback – Import, 2002
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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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"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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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.
Keeley and Kam have a son named Dante who means the world to both of them and they both want to have custody of him. But when Kam annouces that he and his new hula-dancing girlfriend are going to move to Fiji with Dante, Keeley just about wants to do anything to keep Danta close to her.
Keeley works as a scientist at the HAG. She studys a old volcano that hasn't errupted in many many years. She hates the fact she has a boss from hell and that at times her job is boring.
As time goes on Keeley meets man called Ian who lures who with a sweet promise that he get her to meet Davy Jones. As time goes on her realenship with Ian changes and she starts to realize somethings in her life aren't as important as she thought they were.
This story was a great one. I love the charactors and loved how the author wrote about them. I really enjoyed this treat of a book and hope that the author writes more books in the future.
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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anyway, it is absolutely a beach book! i just read this in Puerto Rico on the beach in two days.Read more