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Flip

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  2,063 ratings  ·  395 reviews
Alex, 14, goes to bed in December, and wakes in June, in a strange house to a strange family. In the mirror, he sees Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life, he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else.What is identity, the will to survive, and what will we sacrifice to survive?...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Wendy Lamb (first published January 1st 2010)
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Justin
I feel pretty bad giving this book such a low rating, so once I've had more time to think about it I will probably bump it up, at most, a star.

I read the Skinjacker trilogy earlier this year, so the big "reveal" as to why Alex's psyche was in Flip's body seemed derived. It's like every time something was built up, I already knew what was going to happen. I don't want to give myself too much credit here, so I'll give some of that predictability credit to the author, Martyn Bedford, for writing a...more
Midnight Bloom
Flip is a unique and fresh YA novel that I had so much fun reading! Drawn to its original storyline, I was immediately hooked to a story that promised to be different... something that would leave me burning with questions as I read and hoping for the best possible outcome for the main character Alex. You don't know how much of a temptation it was for me to not flip to the end of the novel and read the ending just so I could see if the events worked out okay. It was a struggle I tell you!

Imagin...more
Loren
Who's the guy's editor? The subject material is good, but the delivery is quite trite. Very few accomplished writers go out of their way to explain things in the overly verbose voice of the narrator rather than show these moments in action. This is a regular annoying occurrence, as to say to the reader that he was just to lazy to do anything other than pontificate. A good editor would of question his choices of storyline and various anecdotal explanations of what I considered more interesting ep...more
Ellen
I stayed up until 2 AM reading this book. Not that I don't frequently WANT to do this, but I usually have better sense. This is not your typical Freaky Friday body switch book. It raises questions of true identity; how much of who we are is based on our experiences and memories. Although there are many thought-provoking questions, I think the suspenseful plot will appeal to teens. After all, they can skim some of the parts with less action, which I was tempted to do at times because I wanted to...more
Ben Babcock
For Valentine’s Day, my school library had a "Blind Date with a Book" event. They had wrapped books in wrapping paper festooned with hearts and put them on display. You could select any book at random and borrow it, keeping its identity under wraps until you get home. (We have this week off for a half-term break, so the students would have an entire week to read it.) The idea is to try a book that one might not have picked off the library shelves. It’s an interesting concept (although someone mi...more
Eric
Hmm there isn't much to say about this book that anyone taking a peek here wouldn't already know. It's a nice body snatchers theme and for some reason I kept thinking "Freaky Friday" in my head - even though it lasts for quite a bit longer that both movies in reality (and the pain and torture of the LL remake...)

That said I like this book, I really did, although because the premise required you to suspend so much that when it came round to the end I felt like it just didn't fit. I'm not saying i...more
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Same story, done before, switching bodies. Not enough showing of other characters’ thoughts and actions.

STORY BRIEF:
Alex and Flip (Phillip) live in different towns in England. They are both 14. The story begins when Alex’s mind wakes up in Flip’s body in Flip’s home. Flip’s mom tells him to eat and get to school. Alex is forced to attend Flip’s school, trying to figure out which classes to attend, where to sit, etc. Flip has two girlfriends who keep after him. Alex doesn’t know Flip’...more
Walt
FLIP is an interesting word. It means many things, of course. It can be a transitive verb — to throw or toss, to spin, or to flick; an intransitive verb — to turn over, to somersault, or to move quickly and lightly; or a noun — the act of flipping, as in a flip of the wrist, a reversal, or a mixed drink made of alcoholic beverages often with beaten eggs. It has transformed into other words, too: flip-flop, flipbook, flippant.

When I was fourteen or so, the age of the protagonist, Alex Grey, in th...more
Beverly
Sep 06, 2012 Beverly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13-16 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: indiebound.org/next list
For adults, Flip is predictable and cliche. (The only character who knows Flip has been replaced is the dog.) For YA readers, it will be a tense creepy read that will generate some very good discussions on death and after life beliefs. Alex wakes one morning to discover to his dismay and befuddlement that his mind is in another teen's body. Flip is everything Alex is not: popular, athletic, wealthy, narcissistic. Alex struggles to hold on to his authentic self in Flip's world while he tries to f...more
Hannah
I saw the symmetry within the writing.
The book started off somewhat slow, leading the reader along with the promise of some kind of epic mystic science fiction ending. Instead the text brought me to an ultimate theme; death was hovering throughout the story-line. Just waiting till the end to pounce kind of like Alex armed with a crazy idea and a pillow, with death brings life in some sort of way or another.
I didn't particularly enjoy this book, I like one with more of a plot. All the same, th...more
Allison McCarthy
Flip by Martyn Bedford is about a 14 year old boy who goes to bed one night and wakes up as a different 14 year old boy in a different town.

“Alex couldn’t have said what woke him up that morning.... Another shout: ‘Come on, you’re going to be late.’ Late for what? It was a Saturday; he didn’t have to be anywhere” (Bedford 1). He sits up and looks around the room and realizes that it is not his room. It is not his bed. The window is not where it normally is. He walks downstairs to find a dog tha...more
Alice Baxter
Personally, I disagree with what most people say when they review this.

I have had 6 people come to me and be like; "Oh, you're reading Flip! Ah! I read that book! I didn't like it, waaaay to much description! Nothing actually happened!"...and I'm like; Hold up!
Just take a minute. A minute to imagine what you would feel like if you woke in someone else's body. Tough. You know no one. Tough. Where the hell are you? God knows. Nothing's happening because you are too fecking PETRIFIED! Seriously!
Ugh...more
Nicola
3.5 stars
I really liked it for the most part but I couldn't really get emotionally invested in it at all.
Richie Partington
27 February 2011 FLIP by Martyn Bedford, Wendy Lamb Books, April 2011, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-385-7399-0

"I guess I should have stayed in bed, my pillow wrapped around my head
Instead of waking up to find a nightmare of a different kind..."
-- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, "This Just Doesn't Seem to Be My Day"

"Alex stood perfectly still in the middle of the car park. He had been holding his breath, he realized; he exhaled, releasing the air from his lungs in a ragged sob.
"Shutting the phone off, he clenc...more
Gayle
Alex gets a makeover, over night! Alex is a 14 year old quiet boy, good student, not especially interested in sports, plays the clarinet and chess. One morning he wakes up in a strange house with strange people calling him "Flip."

He learns that he is in a totally different part of the country-not in London anymore. Imagine how it would be to go to German class and have your teacher and classmates expecting you to speak German when you know nothing about the language or play cricket when you kno...more
Justin Liang
Flip by Martyn Bedford is a book about a fourteen year old teenager named Alex waking up in the morning and realizes that he’s not in the normal bedroom he usually sleeps in. The whole environment around him was unfamiliar, the house, the bedroom, the country he’s on. He went and explored his unfamiliar environment and sees a family at the breakfast table. He has no clue who they were whatsoever. Later, Alex runs to the bathroom and locks the door. He washes his face but then realizes his reflec...more
Alisa Carter
Oh, oh, I couldn’t wait to review this book! I actually started reviewing it when I was half-way through because I wanted to talk about it. This is one of those books that makes you invent reasons to be alone so you can read. I took a bath so I could read this book. I never take baths. Some books end up all wrinkled and “puffed out” – a bathtub book – from being dropped in the bathtub or the sink or in a puddle in the street from reading while walking. When you see a book like that on a friend’s...more
Cheryl Rainfield

Whenever I read a book that grips me so much that I don't want to put it down, and at the same time I don't want to finish it because then the book will have ended, I want to tell others about it. Flip by Martyn Bedford was one of those books; it's a new favorite. I will be watching out for any future YA books that Bedford writes.

In Flip, 14-year-old Alex wakes up in another boy's body, in another boy's house and life--Phillip Garmond, and six months have passed. Alex can't convince anyone to be...more
Sheri
Jun 28, 2011 Sheri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any soul-searcher out there
Recommended to Sheri by: The publisher
Flip is a story for the soul-searcher ~ anyone who's ever pondered what it's really like to me, myself, and I. And if the chance to be someone else presented itself, should and/or would you take it? It's a tale about courage and growth, finding one's true self and the layer beneath the daily grind to fit in and survive.

The narration is engaging and thought-provoking, even charming at points, as the reader is introduced to fourteen-year-old Alex, who suddenly finds himself in another teenage boy...more
Ernie
Bedford begins with a humorous narrative reminiscent of Freaky Friday: fourteen year old Alex, skinny, chess playing, clarinet playing London boy wakes up in the muscular body of Phillip. Aka Flip, cricket star, school stud, disruptive, uninterested student and living in Yorkshire. And it’s six months later. Supporting this is a splendidly acerbic older sister, Teri, who provides more fun with her commentary on her even more hopeless than usual brother. There are humorous events associated with...more
Rose
Feb 07, 2012 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA sci-fi/identity switch readers
Recommended to Rose by: Goodreads recommendations
Martyn Bedford's "Flip" struck an emotional chord within me, taking the familiar troupe of a body swap gone horribly wrong and breathing some interesting turns into the foray. It tells of a 14-year-old boy named Alex who wakes up one morning in another boy's body - one named Phillip or Flip for short. Alex is thrown into Phillip's life without much of a guide to go on, and as he learns more about the boy whose body he inhabits, Alex realizes that the boys could not be any more different from eac...more
mara pina
A 14-year-old boy wakes up in another boy's body. The details of this were well-handled and were sometimes just plain funny too. (Not being a guy, I wouldn't have thought about what his reaction to seeing certain parts of his new body might be lol.) The characters were distinct for the most part, except that I thought almost all the parents seemed interchangeable, but maybe that was on purpose. I was disappointed that Alex's relationships to everyone around him weren't taken further. It seemed e...more
Newengland
This is a YA-5, meaning teenage me would love this book and "seasoned" me thought it was fun and fairly well-written, too. It's the type of science fiction I can live with -- situated here on Earth in the day-to-day lives of some poor slobs who are distressed by something going terribly wrong.

In this case, the terribly wrong would be death, that annoying skill we all seem to possess but leave off of our résumés. Alex Gray is this London suburbanite, ginger-haired, thinny kid who plays clarinet a...more
Jodie (Books for Company)
4.5/5
www.booksforcompany.com
**I do talk a little bit about what the characters are like, l don’t see this as a spoiler but would like to warn anyone who hasn’t’ read this book yet. The paragraph is labelled with stars**
As soon as l heard about this book l just had to start it. It may sound strange but l have often thought what it would be like to wake up one morning and be someone else. How scary it would be not knowing the things you should know but also how interesting it would be to see how...more
Jennifer H
What would you do if you woke up one morning in someone else's body? Freak the hell out, right? Rant and rave? Cry? Curl up in a ball? Try to go back to sleep? I very much enjoyed the story in this book, but the one thing that kept me from really enjoying it was that I just didn't connect with the main character emotionally. This super tragic and bizarre thing has happened to him, waking up on someone else's body, someone else's life, and he sort of goes about coping with it. I understand that t...more
Karen
Reminiscent of Andrew Clements’ wonderful book Things Not Seen (in which the main character wakes up to find himself invisible), Flip is the story of 14-year-old Alex who awakens in a strange bedroom, in a strange body, with a strange family – six months after his last memory in his own body and many miles from where he actually lives. Alex’s mind and memory remain fully intact, but he inhabits an entirely different physical body, albeit another 14-year-old boy nicknamed Flip. The two boys could...more
Basma Aal
Could you imagine yourself, waking up one morning to find yourself in somebody else's body? Yea, well, this is what happened to Alex who woke up in a different body, different family and different life. The book starts with Alex trying to figure what is happening to him. He tried to solve this problem but how could he? What happened to the night before the transformation took place? Who knows?
This book had a new concept to it. All the time I was thinking about the ending. Well, it was nothing l...more
Brita
Not a fan. About 50 pages in, I just started skimming to find out why this kid woke up in the wrong body. Don't want to give away the book, but the reason they gave doesn't actually make sense to me, (and I'm quite imaginative!) and the ending seemed almost creepy.

Over all I just felt sad for all the characters, for Alex and his parents, for Flip and his parents, for the two guy's friends, for Rob...Seemed like a pointless book to me, which was disappointing because I had high hopes for this on...more
Maartje Roggeveen
I loved reading the book. It was very entertaining and you just can’t stop reading because you want the answers Alex wants just as bad. You can really put yourself in the role of Alex and it feels like you’re him yourself. This book is one of them you can read over and over again and it’ll never get boring. It wasn’t a difficult book to get through, the way Martyn Bedford writes is not to easy, but just hard enough for teenagers. I really recommend Flip. It’s great for boys, but also for girls....more
Don Alejandro
In this book it is all about a kid named Alex and one day he wakes up and feels strange. he doesnt know what is happening so he takes a look in the mirror and sees that he is not in his on body and no one listens when he tries to tell them that he is not this guy.

As you get farther in this book and Alex figures out whos body he is in hs name, what he does, and his relationship. He is completly different then the guy, he gets all the girls he is a stud at sports and he is the popular guy in his s...more
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