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Flip by Martyn Bedford
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Aug 22, 2011

really liked it

Bedford makes his young adult debut with this powerful book about an implausible yet terrifying premise. The cover states the core question “Ever wake up in someone else’s body?” In this Kafka-esque tale, Alex Gray wakes up in the body of Philip “Flip” Garamond. Six months have passed since his last memory and he has no idea how he got into Flip or why. Research tells him his worst fear isn’t true. His original body is still alive, hospitalized in a persistent vegetative state. Alex is the victim of psychic evacuation, when the soul of one person enters the body of another. A series of nightmares convinces Alex he can reverse his situation, but the how may be very dangerous. Not only is the story intriguing and engaging, but it is a wonderful allegory for how teenagers sometimes feel like strangers in their own bodies and lives.

(as printed in The School Librarian's Workshop Oct/Nov issue)

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