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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  349 ratings  ·  106 reviews
All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a my...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I know I’m supposed to write a review with a head and a tail, start from the beginning and work my way toward the end (at least that’s the way I usually do things) but I’ll make an exception just this once and start with the ending, from which I honestly doubt I’ll ever recover. The ending of Flutter broke my heart, destroyed me completely, and then left me with a small sliver of hope to cure my wounded heart. It was both unexpected and unexpectedly gorgeous, one of those conclusions that take y...more
Nafiza
Raise your hand if you have ever finished a book and been flummoxed by the ending. Befuddled by it. Bewildered, maybe. These are all adjectives that accurately describe my state of mind upon finishing Flutter.

I had been enjoying it until the end. The paranormal aspects of it are original, the idea of a loop is, to me, new and I liked the fragile fierceness of the main character. It was a pleasure to accompany her on her escape from a madman for a father and go out into the world to answer the su...more
Ariana


It is really hard to talk about this book as I am not really sure of my feelings for it.
The premise was great (someting between time-travel and something else, a little boy giving clues that could save Emery's life (and maybe not even hers), tons of mystery, a bit of action and some young romance.. ) but.. I am not really sure what the "but" is except for the fact that I felt the need to skip some pages. Not a good sign, right?

I guess I was not invested enough in the mystery (that soon got old)...more
Katy
4.5 stars - This book was absolutely beautiful.

I had misjudged this book. From the summary, I thought it was going to be filled with science fiction action and some paranormal connection that will lead Emery to her soulmate. But this book was NOT what I had expected at all.

Just a warning, the pace is set very slow - sometimes painstakingly slow, but not necessarily in a bad way. Linko manages to fool readers into THINKING they know what's going to happen but ends up catching them off guard with...more
Keertana
Rating: 3.5 Stars

You have to bear with me because this review is like the Night Bus in Harry Potter or the journey the hobbits took to Isengard in Lord of the Rings - a bumpy ride. Flutter forced me to stay awake well past midnight just to finish it, but in the end, I unfortunately can't say I was satisfied. Up until the last four chapters, though, I was ready to give 5 Stars to Linko's debut, despite its minor errors. Unlike most authors, Linko sucked me into her tale; she made me care about he...more
Rose
Initial thoughts: I think this is one of the times where, in the consideration of a book "great premise, lacking execution" fully applies. This book didn't work for me for quite many constructive reasons, which I'll expound upon in the full review when I've had a chance to meditate over some of its themes. It has a heart in right places, but cedes to things and lacks the execution needed to have due impact in what it brings to the table.

Full review:

One of the things that tend to make or break a...more
Paula  Phillips
Do you love time-travelling novels ? Books like Tempest by Julie Cross , The Time Traveller's Wife and The Guardian Angel's Journal by Carolyn Jess-Cooke ?
If you enjoy those books, then you will enjoy Gina Linko's novel "Flutter". Set in the modern time we meet Emery, ever since she was little she has been having what she calls "the loops". From the outside world, it looks like she is having seizures but to her , she is time-travelling to a parallel world - whether it be in the past or future ti...more
Alison Tseng
Jun 21, 2014 Alison Tseng added it
Shelves: ya-titles
An absolutely fascinating and unexpectedly poignant read. Linko's love story encompasses so much and is beautifully executed...tragic and heartwrenching. A great addition to the science fiction cannon because it finds a ways to question how the afterlife and heaven fit into this genre. Well done, Linko.

One issue I had with the book was the dialogue. Sometimes a little corny and unrealistic. Also, sometimes the interaction between Ash and Emery seems to be a little to fortuitous. But, teens woul...more
Noor Bieber
Emery land has suffered from seizures for most of her life but she calls them loops, she says that she travels to a place when she has her loops. Emery is getting sick of living at the hospital so she runs away to a place called Esperenza which was mentioned in her loops, she believes that Esperenza has the key to why these seizures (loops) happen to her. In Esperenza she meets a boy named Ash, they slowly fall into love and as time goes by she realizes that Ash has many dark secrets. Emerys fat...more
Nithusa
Amazing I'm speechless ,after the last update I did I assumed the book was going to be stupid but I was wrong.This book was so sweet but very sad.I gave this book 4 stars because this book had a great plot but it was confusing at the very end and also very draggy. This book is about 17 year old Emery Land. She is just like any other 17 year old girl other than the fact that she has seizures. Her seizures are bit different she time travels
( loops). Everyone (including her dad) thinks she's crazy...more
Cara
This book was not I was expecting. How am I going to explain it? But it was so good. So good.
Gina
Apr 26, 2012 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-this-book
I humbly give my own book 5 stars.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Emery Land is sick of being treated like a walking, talking, laboratory experiment by her Dad and the government. Ever since she was little Em has been 'looping' back and forth through time, while having seizures that have nearly destroyed her body's functions. Practically living in the hospital, all Em wants is to be a normal high school girl. When her visions of the mysterious little boy and his town become more vivid, Emery enlists the help of her best friend Gia to run away to Esperanza, Mic...more
Autumn
Flutter - 5 stars - Holy Smokes!


First off i adore this book.. I really loved how the author was able to induce a loop.. I had to be completely careful where i read this story.. i was completely transfixed.. Emery is just a 17 year old girl wanting to be normal too bad for her shes not.. Haunted yeah ill go with haunted by seizures she believes are loops (time travel) since she was a young girl.. Things are getting worse her loops convince her its time to kick rocks and so she does to a call tow...more
Book Twirps
This book was another case of me expecting one thing and getting something else entirely.

Emery Land has spent several years living in a hospital because of the “loops”. To everyone else it appears that Emery is having a seizure, but Emery actually travels to other dimensions when she loops. Sometimes she travels to the past, other times to a fantasy world, and other times to a farm where the same little boy always appears. Sick of living in a hospital where her doctor father constantly runs test...more
Kate
I read this ARC via Netgalley.

Her whole life, Emery's been "looping" - she appears to be having a seizure, but she's really visiting other places... other times. Sometimes these places are memories, other times visions of the future, and other times, she ends up on a farm with a little boy. Her father has made a life of studying Emery's "loops," trying to figure out what they are. But now Emery knows she is dying, that the loops are killing her, and armed with clues taken from her mysterious vis...more
Clover Donovan
May 20, 2012 Clover Donovan marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe-read
I'm sorry but that is one of the shittiest covers I have ever seen.
Wow, I don't want to be mean, but I'd more than likely pass this up if I ever
saw it in stores. I'm so glad I have full reign of my book covers, sometimes publishers
don't know what the hell they are doing. It looks like it should have come out in the 90's.
I might pick it up... we'll see.
sarah foster
WOW! what a great book!! was hooked from the start, couldn't put it down, would definatly reccomend to friends and family, thought it was going to be a sad ending but very cleverly written :)
Princess Jacob
Well, for me this is a piece carefully threaded on pages. I fell in love with the characters who slowly but surely transformed from top to bottom. I loved the idea of loops which happened to be a representation of 'heaven.' I loved the slow pace but steady guidance of the puzzle to it all, taking me to the joy ride of its resolution.
While it might have left questions and lacking closures in the end, I still believe that in a way it was inevitable to end just like that. The type of story that whe...more
Jessica
Beautiful, heart-breaking story!
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Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So...more
Book Flame
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 vi...more
Krystle
Time traveling? HECK YEAH! That’s awesome! Love time traveling stories! I always want to see how authors work around that paradox of potentially messing up the future, the effect of the self, and then how this then affects the other people.
This story had me really going.

Until I came to the ending.

That’s not to say Gina Linko has bad writing. She doesn’t. She is a very capable writer that can do great description and emotion. Her framing technique of using Emery’s dreams as a portal to her future...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I think Ms. Linko wrote a winner in Flutter. I am immediately drawn to the main character Emery. I like books with medical issues and also books with supernatural elements and this managed to take those two things and fuse them into something awesome.
We get to see right away that while it looks like a seizure from the outside her "condition" goes so much further than that. She is trying to convince scientist Dad that she loops through time, knowing things she couldn't possibly from the past an...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This is a creative YA romance with a heavy mystery angle. Emery’s loops were odd and slightly scary. They were obviously killing her, but it didn’t seem to bother her. I spent the majority of the story wondering what the purpose of her loops were, and whether there would be a satisfying answer for them, before it was too late.

Emery’s father was crazy and scary. He didn’t seem to see her as a real person, just an interesting problem that needed to be solved. I couldn’t imagine how that must feel,...more
Melissa
What an unexpecting and surprisingly good read!!
4,5 stars

REVIEW

I had no expectations when I started this book. Just a random read I picked out. And it hasn't happened often that a book surprised me so much as Flutter did. This turned out to be an amazingly beautiful, sweet and heart touching read with a nice balance between friendship/love and a bit of mystery/suspense.

I liked Emery's spirit and attitude. After being controlled by her father for so long she finally takes her life in own hands....more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I was a little worried going into this one. When I had first glimpsed it on Goodreads there weren't very many review but by the time I got around to reading it there were more reviews posted and some of them were less than good.

I don't like to come into a book thinking I will love it and then be disappointed and the opposite can be said too. I don't want to go into a book thinking it will be terrible so that I never give it the chance that it deserves. So, I started this one with an open mind a...more
Lyn
Eighteen-year-old Emery Land has suffered from seizures for as long as she can remember. Emery is sure that her seizures are time loops. She thinks she's traveling to the past or the future. When she was young, she thought looping was normal. Her seizures changed as she got older. She is spending more time in the loops. Sometime she visits the future, but often she visits a young boy in the past. She doesn't know his name so she thinks of him as 'her boy.'

Now her seizures are stronger, more freq...more
Annette
Flutter is absorbing and contains some surprises, but I got frustrated with the main characters, and in particular, the romance.

Emery has always had seizures. They are getting worse, and now her father insists that she stay in a hospital because the seizures are slowly killing her. But, these aren't just ordinary seizures. Emery time travels to different places from the past or the future every time she seizes. She may see people she knows during her travels, but not always. She seems to go and...more
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“Once you are no longer afraid, once you are no longer prisoner to the what-ifs and the if-onlys, there's a pocket of calm in the middle of the craziness. As if you can see things as they really are instead of just how you wish them to be, or how they could be, if this place - this life - wasn't so messed up, so contrary.” 2 likes
“All of this registered in an instant, and i felt the whoosh and hum behind my eyes. I felt my eyes flutter, my body stiffen. I was gone.” 1 likes
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