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Greetings from the Flipside

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  193 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Hope Landon has been rewriting other people’s greeting cards since she was six years old. There’s always a funnier caption in there somewhere. She’s ready to chase her creative dreams in New York City with her fiancé—until he leaves Hope at the altar.

That may give her something to write about . . .

Hope disappears for the time that would have been the couple’s month-long ho
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by B&H Books
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Caitlyn Santi
Oct 21, 2013 Caitlyn Santi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

If you thought the synopsis of this book was unique and interesting, I'm here to tell you the story is even more unique than it appears!

I first heard about this book a few months ago, it really intrigued me. So when I was given the opportunity to review it, I jumped at the chance!

I pleased to say that I loved this book! I was drawn into the story from the first page! I hated to put the book down, I read one hundred pages in a single sitting and finished it the next day!

There really isn't anythin
Oct 14, 2013 Hayden rated it did not like it
I got this book because it looked cute and funny, but it was NOTHING like I expected. At all. The book blurb is really misleading. It tells you, technically what happens...but not really. So I don’t think I had ever been more confused in my life about a book. For the first several chapters I was scratching my head because it made NO SENSE. At all. Finally, I understood that everything written in third person is what was really happening in the story; everything written in first person was what H ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any female friend who likes a good love story
Love this book! The story is creative and stuck with me afterwards. It's such a fun, unconventional romantic comedy, and there is a lot to relate to and root for in each of the characters. Fans of their previous book, Never the Bride, will enjoy it for all the observational and situational humor throughout the book. I laughed out loud at parts, and frankly embarrassed myself as I was reading the book in public!

For those that have commented about not liking the book or not getting all the way th
Oct 14, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
No one can accuse this story of being a rehash of every other love story out there. It's refreshingly original. This writing team first caught my attention with the oh-so-fun rom-com, Never the Bride: A Novel. They seem to think "outside the box" with their stories, that's for sure. You think "Greetings from the Flipside" will be another normal story until you get to Chapter 3, where it says "Greetings from my Life". Then all of a sudden it takes a turn and we get to explore the flipside of life ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Like the rest of us, Hope Landon lives in two worlds. There’s the crazy-making physical world she yearns to escape, and the flipside world inside her mind that’s every bit as challenging. Worst of all, those pesky worlds keep colliding. It’s enough to make a bride run screaming. After all, what’s a woman to do after she’s been left at the altar by the man of her dreams, then promptly presumed dead by her mother? But that’s not even the half of it. Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay had me from the ...more
May 16, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
Thanks to the INSPYs, I came across this gem of a novel and so glad I had a chance to read Greetings From the Flipside! It’s different. It’s fun. It’s fresh and the perfect summer (or spring, winter, fall) read!

It reminded me a little bit of the movie Just Like Heaven. There’s a unique storyline (the Greeting card industry) and lots of humor. I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit. It’s different from what I normally read and was a breath of fresh air in the contemporary genre. There’s a
Oct 12, 2013 Rina rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting and odd story and not what I was expecting. Rather confusing too until I read a bit further and could figure out what was going on. I understand why the authors told the story the way they did and they did a great job, but I wish they'd given a few more clues and that the summary didn't make you expect something else.

Actually the summary does the reader a big disservice in that it completely misleads your expectations. Though I think I understand why the publisher, ag
Bluerose's  Heart
Dec 17, 2013 Bluerose's Heart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, chick-lit
4.5 stars

I hadn't really planned on reading this book right now, but I saw a reviewer mention that this was the strangest book she'd read in a long time. Well, that was enough for me! Christian fiction doesn't tend to overly sway to the "odd" side very often, especially in the realistic(ish) realm. Being quite the odd person myself, I feel a strong pull towards books that dare to be weird.

Hope lives on the sarcastic side of life, and she feels the need to rewrite greeting cards. Who needs rain
Oct 22, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing
Have you ever started reading a book and all of the sudden you ask yourself, "oh my gosh, what just happened?" Personally, I like unexpected turns. This week, I started reading "Greetings from the Flipside" by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay. They are a Romantic Comedy writing duo that creates novels (based on screenplays) that are humorous and have a storyline of watching the main character move through interesting (sometimes very challenging) circumstances with unexpected twists and turns. I ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
My personal vote for Book of the Year!!

Two thumbs up for Greetings from the Flipside! Gutteridge and McKay combine to make this a book full of humor( I laughed outloud more times than I could count); a book of tears( I barely contained them); and a book of double entendre and a puzzle aimed at the reader. Some may read the book, which has two main viewpoints, and complain it doesn't make sense. However, that's the beauty of the writing style... the reader has to figure out just where the writers
Oct 21, 2013 MB rated it it was amazing
Greetings from the Flipside is an entertaining read, but it's also an inventive look at the emotional healing that can take place inside a person's mind. Things seem so real on the flipside, frustratingly so, all while Hope is coaxed to deal with what sent her through the looking glass in the first place. As much of a "huh?" as some elements seem at first, in the end, you think back and realize that everything on the flipside matters. A lot. I won't say more and spoil it for you, but even though ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Funny, quirky, and full of Hope.

This is not your ordinary rom-com here. This story will have you laughing, crying, and thinking of quirky greeting card ideas as you follow Hope Landon through the ins and outs of her life after being jilted at the altar. Step into her alternate reality and follow along with her as she pursues her dream of writing her own, snarky, and hilariously irreverent greeting cards. I also really got a kick out of Hope’s colorful mom Cici. She is a real character. Check out
This book was completely weird for me. The blurb about the book sounded so interesting I was expecting something completely different. Not at all what I got. There were parts I absolutely Jake reading her all those cards or the ending with Jake and Hope and the card from elementary school. Other parts left me confused like how did Jake get all those cards from Hope's grandmother. and what is up with the alternate reality while she was in a coma. I have a feeling this will be a lov ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Hope is sure of one thing she wants out of her small town of Poughkeepsie. She is getting ready to see that dream come true as she walks down the isle, she is also so happy to see another dream come true of moving to New York and becoming a famous greeting card maker. Only problem is that everything changes on a dime and she's not sure where she will find herself next. Jake loves his job he loves designing flower and greeting cards and he knows one thing for sure he will never love again. He is ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Doreen rated it really liked it
This is a very fun, entertaining, quirky, laugh-out-loud book. I really enjoyed it. Much of the book takes place in two different “realities.” That was confusing at first but it quickly became clear what was happening.

“There was a certain excitement on all the faces of those who’d managed to stay conscious” (location 37). I love the writing in this book. It reminds me of Jen Turano’s style. It’s very witty, dry, and funny. “The house had character, but if it were human, Hope would be taking care
Oct 02, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Greetings from the Flipside was, without question, one of the most refreshing novels I've read in a very long time (with the exception of The Rosey Project). Everything about this book was a breath of fresh air, and I was really sorry when I reached the final paragraph. I wasn't ready to say goodbye.

Given the opportunity, I would have published this book in a heartbeat (and I don't say that lightly). Well done to the publishing house that snapped it up.

There were light Christian overtones, but
Margaret Metz
I can't really decide how I felt about this book. Part of me thinks it's genius and so creative -- the other part finds it frustrating and confusing.

A lot of the story isn't real -- it's a dream while she's in a coma. I didn't "get" that right away and because I was listening to it -- the break seemed off --- like when you come across formatting code that wasn't done properly and a phrase or word is inserted into the text that doesn't belong. So, I missed the significance of the "greetings from
Michelle Wilson
Jul 25, 2014 Michelle Wilson rated it it was amazing
So beautiful and heartfelt! It's a story no one could ever expect. It's a whole new genre on it's own. Greetings from the Flipside is so full of twists and turns. Its something you would never expect from a "Romance" looking love story. The writer writes with Authenticity and brings on Realness you'd never imagine. I felt like I was in the story. This book is absolutely amazing and I would definitely recommend it.
Dec 04, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
This was one of the oddest books I've read in a long time. The premise is good, but the execution of the premise is not handled well at all. Why would I care about any of the things that happen to Hope in the coma if I know she's "dreaming" all of it in the first place? If I didn't know, maybe I'd be mad for feeling tricked (see: Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah)but at least I'd care more about the plot as it was unfolding.
Feb 10, 2016 Mary added it
Shelves: humor, new, york, small, town
kinda dumb
Hope Landon has been rewriting other people's greeting cards since she was six years old -- there's always a funnier caption. She's all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiance in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can't write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . . Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple's monthlong honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her
Jan 18, 2014 Marnie rated it liked it
This book was a challenging read. I enjoyed it much more after I searched out some reviews to understand if what I thought was happening, really was happening. Hope Landon is jilted on her wedding day and also the victim of a random crime. It puts her into a coma and she ends up in the hospital for about a month. The story is told from the her fantasy coma world point-of-view and that of Jack, the real-time, long-ago, school friend who sits devotedly by her bedside. I love Bette, the nurse, who ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Gabs rated it really liked it
To start off, I feel like I should warn everyone that this book's blurb is very misleading. Why? Because everything that happens is really just a dreamstate while Hope is in a coma. I won't mark that as a spoiler, either, because by around 10%, the reader has been informed of this. It wasn't even a big reveal.

Because of this, I kind of hated the first third of Greetings From the Flipside. I chalked it up to one of those weird Disney Channel episodes where the plot gets so bizarre that they just
Theresa Barkasy
Apr 27, 2015 Theresa Barkasy rated it it was ok
A man who throws a temper tantrum is not the man of your dreams. Nor is he an example of a man that God desires. The one overtly religious individual in the work is cast as an insane woman, which does not bode well for those who do not believe in Christ who do find themselves reading this book. The characters are one dimensional and unrelatable, and the actual message of the author is difficult to decipher. Bad call B&H. One star for it getting published and actually becoming a book. A secon ...more
Shannon McDermott
Feb 05, 2014 Shannon McDermott rated it really liked it
Hope Landon has had a hard time. When she was a little girl, her father disappeared mysteriously; when she was a teenager, her unique mother left her wondering if it was possible to drop dead from cringing too often. As an adult, she’s been stuck in the nothing-town Poughkeepsie. And now, just when she thinks she’s about to escape her life, her fiance jilts her on her wedding day.

Then somebody steals her car. There’s a hospital involved soon enough.

And Hope is about ready to give up on hope.

Rambling Readers
Dec 01, 2013 Rambling Readers rated it liked it
"Greetings from the Flipside" is definitely unlike any other novel that I have read in the past few years. Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay create two intertwined stories with the same characters but one big difference: one of the stories is a dream. Hope is living her life in a coma, and embarking on new adventures in her mind, including a move to New York City and a new job. Meanwhile, in the real world, she is lying unconscious in a hospital bed, with Jake, a childhood acquaintance by her sid ...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Oh my, what a gem of a book! I had a complete blast reading this novel, and even though it was slightly different than I expected, I still loved it! I don't want to give any spoilers, but I think I can safely reveal that a large portion of the story actually takes place in a dream-like state. You might ask, "who cares what happens in a dream?", but I actually found it so entertaining that I didn't care in the least that it wasn't "real." The events themselves for the most part are realistic in n ...more
Lindsey Silvestrini
Oct 22, 2013 Lindsey Silvestrini rated it liked it
Greetings from the Flipside was truly an original novel with one of the most unique plots I’ve read in a while. It definitely was like taking a trip on the flip side!

I was immediately drawn to Hope Landon and her character and story. The authors make you fall in love with her right away and then when tragedy strikes her on her wedding day of all days, you feel the sorrow right along with her mother and everyone else.

While Hope is in a coma, it’s like she’s living in an alternate universe. At fir
Jul 21, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Poor Hope's perfect day turns into an absolute nightmare, but not everyone's life has a fairytale ending. Some people cope with humor, albeit sarcastic and scathing; some people seek to encourage and give advice. The main characters struggle with this, but find that somewhere in the middle, there's a place to heal and possibly love again.
I really liked this story, although a bit confusing at first. After you figure out what's going on between the parallel stories, it makes it easier to get in
Nov 04, 2013 Janna rated it really liked it
One of my all time favorite books is a book by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay, "Never the Bride" - I love that book! So I looked forward to seeing what the two of them put together this time. It is one of the most original books I have ever read. I can't really say why without possibly spoiling something for future readers, but my 17 year old daughter is reading it right now and really enjoying it too. She came to me earlier today and said, "So the first part of each chapter is... and the seco ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Really delightful, sweet read. I think this is a clever allegory, expertly written. It's not terribly difficult figuring out how it will end, but you are drawn to care for the characters so much that you just willingly go along for the ride. I bought this book after reading another of Rene Gutteridge's books and she did not disappoint.
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Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than eighteen novels, including the beloved Boo Series and Heart of the Country, her novelization release with director John Ward and Tyndale House Publishers. Her recent suspense titles include Listen, Possession and the award-winning Seven Hours project Escapement. She's been published by Bethany House, Tyndale House, WaterBroo ...more
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