- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375870954
- ISBN-13: 978-0375870958
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,105,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flutter Paperback – October 8, 2013
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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I liked Emery's spirit and attitude. After being controlled by her father for so long she finally takes her life in own hands. I like a strong heroine instead of a damsel in distress. However, Emery's will to take care of everything herself balanced a few times to be almost (almost!) annoying. I didn't always understood her reaction towards Ash, who clearly just wanted to help.
And then Ash... Yeah that guy got to me. With his mysterious thing going on. I liked the way how Linko kept the mystery around him going until almost the end of the book, but not in a dragging way. And I didn't succeed to figure out myself what his story is. After reading what he'd been through my heart ached for him.
I liked the setting and the descriptions about Esperanza. While reading I could really imagine being there. The writing style just sucked me in.
The twist and explanation about the seizures was nicely done. I have to give it to Linko, I really didn't saw that one coming. It was not a "wth!" kind of twist. Once I read it, it was acceptable for me.
And then the end.. What an ending! Normally I'm not good in not spoiling anything but this time I'm really going to shut my mouth cause in my opinion the ending is the cherry on the cake. I think it is because of the ending the book will stick with me for even longer.
I would have given this book 5 stars, if not for one tiny detail that didn't make much sense to me
To be honest, I am surprised not more people read/rated this book cause all in all Flutter really was one of the better books I've lately read!
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