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Flip doesn't think she'll ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school chosen by her father's girl friend.Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied.Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.

But the day she's out walking a...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1949)
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Claire Monahan
Dec 21, 2007 Claire Monahan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: skiers, boarding school castaways, winter lovers
Dammit, I love Flip. I love Madeleine L'Engle, I love the idea of boarding schools, Switzerland, and French boys and girls snowed into a storm of romance, adventure, and heartbreaking loneliness. (I've also only realized that I've always had a strange attraction for the widowed father and only daughter stories. This one absolutely fills that niche.)

I've reread this book countless times now, and each read only makes me happier and sentimental for the gorgeous but grounding tales of Madeleine L'En...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 14, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: L’Engle fans who might have missed this one, if lost mother young/boarding school experience
Not my favorite L’Engle but still worth reading. About a teenage girl whose mother has died who gets sent to a Swiss boarding school and her adjustment to her new life: her relationships with a new boy, her teachers & fellow students at the school, her father and his girlfriend. I love L’Engle’s flawed but gifted girl characters. A lot here that rang true, especially how an adolescent girl might feel when a father dates after the mother dies.

Important to read the reissue with Madeleine L’Eng...more
Meaghan
This was apparently quite daring when it was originally published in the 1940s, so much that it had to be bowdlerized. But it seems awfully tame to me. I read the original (non-bowdlerized) version and find myself wondering just what they felt they needed to cut out. The whole "mysterious stranger lurking around" subplot seemed pretty truncated to me.

Nevertheless, this was a good book. It does a good job portraying the claustrophobic, almost incestuous boarding school atmosphere (I would have HA...more
Valerie
What girl doesn't fantasize about going to a Swiss boarding school, having a dashing artist father, a mysterious and beautiful mentor/teacher, and a dark, brooding forest boy to fall in love with?
Angie
I think this may have been the last Madeleine L'Engle book I read (for the first time) as a teenager. And for some reason it holds a sort of distinction in my head because of that fact. I, like most other readers I know who love her books, got in on the whole thing with A Wrinkle in Time, moving on to the other Murry and O'Keefe family books and then the Austin family series and so on from there. I must have been somewhere around ten or so when I first read the Time series and by the time I got...more
Deborah Markus
Just a wonderful story, set shortly after World War II.

Philippa Hunter, a timid, artistic teenager, must attend a Swiss boarding school while her father, a professional painter, travels Europe. Philippa ("Flip" to her family) knows this year is going to be horrible. She's never been able to make friends – she's awkward both socially and physically, more so than ever thanks to a kneecap shattered in the car accident that killed her mother the year before. She's always clung to her family, and no...more
Pam
Jul 14, 2010 Pam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction, ya
Written and set right after WWII, this book is a period piece by Madeleine L'Engle long before she became the best-selling children's novelist in the 1960s. Having been assured this book gives you glimpses of the nascent character traits that reappeared with Meg Murry years later I couldn't resist reading it.

Set in Switzerland, an American girl is sent to a boarding school because of her father's job. Philippa has to deal with being away from home, separated from her father, and still adjust to...more
Annie
The last time I saw an edition of "And Both Were Young" was when I handed my copy over to a friend in high school. She liked romance novels, and I thought she should read it because it has the sentimentality of romance combined with a need for self-discovery. I never saw the book again, so thankfully it has just been released as a re-print.

I bought it and revisited this tale growing up, at first with some trepidation. What if I didn't like it as much as I did at thirteen? Would it tarnish my ro...more
Andrew
And Both Were Young is a story about growth, understanding and love. Three themes that Madeleine L'Engle handles with both strength and humility.

Philippa Hunter recently lost her mother whom she loved dearly. Her father, Phillip Hunter, is grieving and involved with a woman Philippa loves to hate, Eunice. Despite Philippa's pleas her father follows Eunice's advise and sends Philippa to attend an international boarding school in Switzerland. At the school she struggles with fitting in and making...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
It's a rare book that leaves me closing the cover on the last page, feeling totally content, at peace with the world, and full of a warm "perfect book" glow.

This book did that for me.

At first it was hard to get into Flip's story...the first half kind of dragged. She had a hard life, and at times I was angry with the boarding-school teachers for being so hard on her. But to her credit, she took their corrections and criticism and tried her best to become the best she could be.

I loved how she gre...more
Judy

Madeleine L'Engle's career did not take off until the publication in 1962 of A Wrinkle in Time, which went on to win the Newbery Medal and remains her most well known book to this day. But she began writing adult novels in 1945, novels that were published but did not sell very well and quickly fell out of print. She almost gave up writing in 1958.

Had these early novels been around when I was in my teens, I would have read and loved them I am sure. Reading them now, I like them better than A Wrin...more
Chachic
Originally posted here.

I'm so glad they decided to re-issue this one with a new cover and that I didn't have to hunt down an out of print copy. I love the new cover too, I like how the pink stands out against all that snow and how it portrays Flip and Paul taking a walk. And Both Were Young is similar to Camilla in the sense that it's a quiet sort of novel. However, there's more to look forward to in the former and I enjoyed reading it more than the latter. Even though I'm an outgoing person, I...more
Margaret
And Both Were Young is good as boarding school stories go and has a sweet, quiet romance, but I don't think the part of the plot which has to do with Paul's history works very well with the rest of it. I mean, the wartime amnesia thing is fine and interesting, but not the mysterious stranger part. Anyway, I do like the convincing way in which Flip grows from shyness to confidence during the course of the book, and of course I pretty much always like boarding school stories.
April
I need more Madeleine L’Engle in my life. Sure, she’s retro, but friends, I’m sort of sighing over the sweetness of And Both Were Young. Weird as this sounds, And Both Were Young totally relaxed me and was such a calming read – bringing me back to a different time.

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Fysierm
This story reminds me of Spirited Away and Chihiro's journey, of how she went from a whiny brat to a young woman, intrepid and able to stand strong, supporting others when previously she was the one who needed the support. The characterization (of everyone) is superb, as well as the building of a post-WWII Switzerland boarding school, complete with a dragon of a headmistress.
Michelle
I read this book many many years ago, and it had actually slipped my mind.... until a little while back when all of a sudden i remembered reading and loving an amazing book about a girl in boarding school... i couldn't for the life of me remember it's title! So I searched and searched, and have found it!!! This book is wonderful! I am going to read it again!
Monica Edinger
Well, I would have given it five stars when I read it over and over and over when I was around twelve. (I even tried to copy out the library copy, but gave up after a few chapters. In those times and place, I didn't think you could buy books. Living in East Lansing, Michigan circa 1964, you couldn't very easily.)
Elise Kerr
The cover is a lie. It talks about "forbidden romance" and looks like a cute little rendition of a boarding school romance where a young girl sneaks out for love. That isn't wrong, but it's simply doing the book a horrible injustice. This is a story in post-WWII time about a girl named Flip who is forced to go to boarding school by the woman "lusting after" her father. She does meet a boy named Paul before she begins, and eventually she meets him in the woods and sneaks out to meet him. That is...more
CLM
American born Flip is miserable at her Swiss boarding school, and doesn't fit in with the more sophisticated European girls. Longing for privacy, she explores the nearby mountains and meets a French boy Paul, whose friendship beings her great joy and whose secret changes her life. My favorite L'Engle!

Maureen Milton
This book, written in 1949, while the effects of WWII were still fresh, has it all for the middle school reader: Swiss boarding school, some drama, and a little romance. Flip (Philippa) Hunter reluctantly enrolls at a Swiss boarding school at the recommendation of a woman whom she insists "lusts after" her itinerant artist father. Not surprisingly, relationships of all kinds (friendly, romantic, filial) develop as Flip comes to know her surroundings, her peers and herself better. The story is a...more
Fade
Charming, with great voice, but marred by a few peculiar plot twists and at least one utterly implausible plot convenience. Not one of L'Engle's best, but still quite worth the read.
Judith
Would give this a 3.5, if .5s were a possibility.

I picked this book up in the middle of a busy semester, hoping for a nice read that was light but not overly fluffy. It didn't go too badly on the fluffy side (besides the ending being just a bit too happy to be altogether satisfying - but it is a children's book, after all), I liked the characters, and L'Engle does have a good way of writing young characters that I like muchly. Overall I quite enjoyed this book, probably this has something to do...more
Jennifer
I can't believe I'd never read this before! As a child, I was a huge fan of Madeleine L'Engle and had read the Time books, but somehow missed this one.

The book moved along well and the plot was interesting. I wish she'd developed a few of the plot lines a little more but I know that this book was quite controversial, and I'm sure she didn't want to push any more buttons! The main thing that I felt needed more was the Paul and the concentration camp story.

Overall though, a very good book and I'm...more
Andree
Totally not able to rate this book objectively. I have loved it since I first read it. Does it have its flaws? Probably. Will I be identifying any in this review? Nope. I feel that since this was a formative book, I can't possibly be expected to identify what those are. This has always been my favourite of the L'Engle standalones. And one of my favourites of her book period.

Thoughts upon this particular reread: It really is about self-discovery, finding out who you are and how you fit in. This b...more
Elise
This is the story of Phillipa, or Flip. Her mother recently died and her artist father is off doing his part in post-WWII Europe. Flip finds herself in a Swiss boarding school with few friends and she misses her father terribly. Enter Paul and his dog, Ariel, and things start to change for the better.

This was a sweet coming of age story written by L'Engle in 1949. Even though it was written over 60 years ago it still felt current. I read the Time series when I was young, but haven't returned to...more
Peggy
This is certainly nothing like L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time! It is the story of Flip, a young girl who is sent to boarding school in Switzerland when her mother dies, and Paul, a local boy who is struggling with issues of his own. Flip is very close to her father and misses him and is grieving for her mother. She does not fit in with the girls at school and is very lonely. Paul and Flip become good friends and help each other through their hard times. This is a sweet coming-of-age story that shows...more
Nmarchunt
This book "And Both Were Young" written by Madeleine L'Engle was published on March 15, 1983. This book has 256 pages within in. It took me about three days to read. The main charecters are Flip and Paul. The setting takes place in Switzerland.
The setting of the story takes place in Flips boarding school in Switzerland. A year after the death of her mother, Flips father has to send her to boarding school because he is an artist that travels a lot, and Flip needs to be in school. Flip is very u...more
Amanda
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Nancy
I enjoy Madeleine L'Engle's writing. This book takes place in Post World War II Europe. The main location is a boarding school in Switzerland. The main character's mother was killed in a car accident, and Flip and her father are both grieving over her lose. Flip is worried her dad will marry a women she doesn't like or trust. The girl is sent to the boarding school, while her artist father travels the world drawing pictures of children, who suffered in the war. Flip is very shy, and has a hard t...more
Gwen
Objectively, this isn't really a 5-star book--probably more like 4 stars--but this was one of my favorite books growing up, so it gets 5 stars for the nostalgia factor. Everything is too neatly tied up at the end, the Paul subplot seems to get resolved incredibly fast, and I don't quite buy the Paul-Flip relationship. But for a coming-of-age novel set in post-World War II Switzerland, it generally works well for an adult reader.

I love L'Engle's depiction of the postwar period: the role of foreig...more
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener...more
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