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Bedford, Martyn (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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.
Authors: Bedford, Martyn
Title: Flip
Publisher: New York :, Wendy Lamb Books,, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Martyn Bedford
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780385739900
Branch Call Number: y BEDFORD 2011
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This Apr 02, 2012
  • ProcessionOfTheDead 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.

Report This 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

Report This 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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