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Flip

Bedford, Martyn

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Flip
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A teenager wakes up inside another boy's body and faces a life-or-death quest to return to his true self or be trapped forever in the wrong existence.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0375865527
9780375865527
0385908083
9780385908085
0385739907
9780385739900
Branch Call Number: y BEDFORD 2011
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,22 cm

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A teenager wakes up inside another boy's body and faces a life-or-death quest to return to his true self or be trapped forever in the wrong existence.

A teenager wakes up inside another boy's body and faces a life-or-death quest to return to his true self or be trapped forever in the wrong existence. A less silly Freaky Friday with higher stakes.


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Author Martyn Bedford poses an unusual question in his novel Flip: What would you do if you woke up as someone else?

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/flip_bedford

Mar 21, 2014
  • dgl4024 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting premise and very well portrayed and written. Its about a boy in Britain who wakes up one day to discover he is in another person's body in a town 200 miles away from where he used to live. He has no inkling how, when or why this happened.

His struggle with trying to claim his lost identity in a world where no one is likely to believe him is deftly portrayed. Without a clue how he can reclaim his real body, his real self, he starts to live the life of the boy whose body he now inhabits, hoping to learn something that will explain his situation.

Eventually he stumbles across and contacts people who understand and have also lived through a similar experience. One of those people guides him through the choices he faces for his own situation and life.

So while I am not yet ready to accept the story's premise of a person's soul/mind/psyche being able to move to another body, I will say that this story presents it in a very natural and believable way. A tribute to the author's narrative skill.

I enjoyed this very much and read it in one sitting. I hope the author conceives a sequel, though with how this story ended, I am not sure what story line he would take with it.

Jun 01, 2012
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting premise: a boy in a coma whose soul wanders until it finds a physically healthy boy of the same age to live in. British slang. Good read.

May 18, 2012
  • victorreads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book it had a great plot and very good ending

Apr 02, 2012
  • TrueMidnightStar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so gripping, and I'm only halfway through it. I keep flashing back to another book I read, Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements. It's about a kid who wakes up to find himself invisible. The voicing of the characters in the situations there in is so eerily similar that it's astounding. I would recommend reading it if you haven't yet - you will like it if you liked this one.

Mar 10, 2012
  • Sevly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This novel starts off with a handful of questions and never lets go. Throughout it all we watch Alex as he struggles with the search for identity and personality in a way that none of us ever have but all of us can relate to. The read is compelling, but as I said, the questions are many and answers, few. In particular, I was left wanting to know more about Flip's half of the experience, about his memories before and after the flip, and how it impacted him as a person. Alex, on the other hand, began to lose my interest as the novel wore on: his angst, though understandable, tipped him past the point of dislikability. Not only did he alienate all the characters around him, he alienated this reader, too. But the ending made up for all that, as Alex's new perspective on life drew me to him once more. Still, I want the whole story again, but from Flip's perspective. Sequel, Mr. Bedford?

Great book! It gets pretty emotionally intense toward the end. I really enjoyed it.

Childlit best fantasy recommendation

NPR summer read for all ages

Jul 31, 2011
  • zackids rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From the very first page, I was swept up in Alex’s story. Martyn Bedford keeps the reader hanging, wondering whether Alex will accept his new life as Flip or try to get his old life back. The tension builds right up to the end and the thrilling climax. Alex is a really interesting and likeable character who I could really empathise with. I know if it were me in his shoes, I’d be determined to get back to my family and my old life. I found myself really wanting to take my time reading Flip because there was so much more to the story than Alex wanting to find out what happened. There is a lot of discussion between Alex and other characters about the nature of the soul/psyche which added to the story, making it have more of an impact on me as a reader. Flip is an excellent first YA novel by Martyn Bedford and I’ll look forward to reading more by him.

May 03, 2011
  • Daisy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great fast paced read with a really interesting hook. Chock a block with moral and social dilemmas.

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Jul 31, 2011
  • zackids rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 31, 2011
  • zackids rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Have you ever wished you were someone else, with a completely different life, a new face, a new family? In Martyn Bedford’s new book Flip, Alex wakes up to find himself in a strange bedroom in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country. The woman calling out to him is not his mother and the strangers sitting at the breakfast table aren’t his father or his sister. Alex gets the shock of his life when he looks in the mirror – the face staring back at him is not his either. Is this just a really bad dream or has something terrifying happened to him?

He discovers that the body he now inhabits is that of Philip Garramond (or Flip to his friends), a boy who is almost the complete opposite of Alex. Flip is sporty, fit and popular with the girls (something that Alex has never experienced before). Alex’s initial reaction is to deny that this is actually happening to him, but the more time he spends in Flip’s body the more it seems he’s stuck in this new body. He attempts to contact his parents and returns to his old home, but he’s in Flip’s body so nobody recognises him and he ends up distressing his old family and friends. Alex is determined to find answers and trawls the web for information, leaving his details on various blogs and forums. He finally gets a message from someone called Rob, who leads him to a website about psychic evacuation. This site provides him with the answers he’s been searching for about his condition, and when he meets Rob in person he starts to come to terms with life as Flip. However, Alex holds onto the hope that he can return to his own body and he decides there is only one way to do that. It’s a huge risk and it’s something that he can never undo.

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