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And Both Were Young

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,274 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Flip feels miserable when she first arrives at boarding school in Switzerland. Then she finds a true friend in Paul. But as the two become more and more close, Flip learns that Paul has a mystery in his past—and to help him discover the truth, she must put herself into serious danger.

This new edition of one of Madeleine L'Engle's earliest works features an introduction by
ebook, 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 it was amazing  ·  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
Lisa Vegan
Jul 14, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Moonlight Reader
I've been doing a L'Engle read for the last year or so & decided to read this standalone in connection with a genre reading challenge - February is romance month. I previously read this book back when I was in junior high/early high school. It was originally published in 1949, which makes it one of her very early novels (it appears this was 3rd), and I probably read it around 1978.

It is quite dated, but that doesn't mean it isn't also enjoyable. It is set in a Swiss boarding school, which wa
Joy (joyous reads)
My experience with this book is not very pleasant. I mean, it wasn’t bad. No, not at all. I suppose it can be compared to when one is reading the back of a Raisin Bran box of cereal while shovelling spoonfuls of them in their mouth: it’s good for you but in the end, it’s no choco puffs. The thing is, I feel like I’ve been gipped. The blurb at the back of this book advertises FORBIDDEN ROMANCE in big, bold letters. And if you know me, you know that’s a huge bait. Besides, it’s MADELEINE L’ENGLE! ...more
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
Oct 18, 2007 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Apr 30, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Deborah Markus
Sep 27, 2014 Deborah Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Bergman
Mar 08, 2015 Rachel Bergman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle is a fabulous book that has easily deserved its four-star rating. The story begins with a young Philippa, Flip, who is being sent to a Swiss, all-girl boarding school. Here, she finds herself an outcast, being made fun of and having no friends. Flip is only at her happiest when hiding from the other girls in the chapel or wandering in the mountains. However, when wondering, Philippa sees a boy, Paul, who she has meet before leaving for boarding school. Th ...more
Susannah Henning
I personally loved this book. I felt like the character Flip was someone that I really could identify with. Flip is a teenage girl who is sent off to boarding school in Switzerland because of her nasty potential stepmother convinces her father to do so. Before she leaves, she meets a boy and in a emotional rage tells him about her feeling toward her step mother. Unbeknownst to her he is staying in a little guard tower just up the way of her new boarding school. Paul, they boy, has a very mysteri ...more
Jul 14, 2010 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction
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
Mar 08, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, young-adult, romance
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
Feb 05, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kiirsi Hellewell
Mar 01, 2011 Kiirsi Hellewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Apr 22, 2011 Chachic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Payal Jain
Apr 16, 2015 Payal Jain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely divine!
L'engle did Switzerland justice and there was some amazing character building. I adored the friendship between Paul & Flip. . . It was the stuff legends are made of. :)
This is one book that's gonna stay with me.
And I don't care that it's summer. I wanna get me some hot chocolate and go stargaze!
This was a childhood favorite that sadly did not live up to the memory.

I see why it appealed to me, however. Flip is a socially awkward girl forced into boarding school in Switzerland not long after WWII ended. Sign me up! I'm pretty sure I was less misunderstood than I imagined, but my debilitating shyness did make it hard for me in school. Home life was such that I constantly wanted away--and Switzerland is a more beautiful away than most.

The writing was immature--and seeing how early L'Engle
Jul 17, 2015 Jadzia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time when I was young, and loving it so much. I recall watching the movie, and it taking a special place in my heart, as well. So when I saw this book (though its cover first appealed to me), I was really eager to read it.
This book was completely different from the tone and style of A Wrinkle in Time—at least, this is my opinion. So I was thrown off there. Also, it didn’t really feel like the voice came across right for the period it was based in. It felt like it
Mar 08, 2015 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle reader girls
Shelves: own-it, first-edition
This is one of L'Engle's earlier works, and does not have the science fiction/religious shadings of the Wrinkle in Time series or some of her later work. Nevertheless, it is a solid story, and should appeal to girls.

The story takes place in Switzerland, and a boarding school for girls. Philippa (aka "Flip") has recently lost her mother, and her artist father is being pursued by a rather nasty woman. (She reminded me of the gold-digger in the original "Parent Trap" movie!) Her father will be trav
Oct 14, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, library, audio
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.

Read the rest of my review here
Aug 06, 2010 Fysierm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 06, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2014 Elise Kerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-awesome
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
Mar 04, 2014 CLM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2015 Mabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-mg
This story of a young girl finding her courage, tapping into her determination to be happy, and falling in love wraps you up like a warm blanket by a fire. L’Engle has a way of comforting the reader, even as her heroine, Flip, suffers isolation at a Swiss boarding school. Flip misses her father, wishes her mother were still alive, and wants nothing more than to get away from everyone at her school. But she finds a friend in Paul, a lonely boy living near the school, and they both grow through th ...more
May 14, 2015 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The L'Engle re-reading project. This one is pretty good - Philippa goes off to boarding school and has to deal with all those icky boarding school girls. Fortunately, she meets a cute mysterious guy who happens to be staying nearby, and he's cool. And eventually, she learns to get rid of that chip on her shoulder and take a joke, or not take everything the girls say as a pointed attack, or.... Written in the late 40s and set in Switzerland, it does have some interesting stuff about the post-war ...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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