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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,058 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomorebut shes just really good at pretending.

Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And its not easy flying under the radar when youre aiming for Olympic goldespecially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Avi Harris Yes! It is a great book! It's very inspiring and it's a romance novel! I'm 11 almost 12 and this book has made me better as a gymnast, a person, and…moreYes! It is a great book! It's very inspiring and it's a romance novel! I'm 11 almost 12 and this book has made me better as a gymnast, a person, and an overall athlete.(less)

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Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, high-school

3.5 stars. I was never a sportive kind of girl. I mean, I tried to be: I joined the basketball team when I was in fourth grade, let myself explore the joys of swimming in secondary two, tried to pom-pom a little and dance my ass off a few years later. Needless to say, I quit all of these promising looking sports.

The only oneonly oneI never wanted to quit (but had to, when I got too old for it) was gymnastics. Hey, I was no pro, but I loved it. I loved the gracefulness of the movements and being
Taylor Knight
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
To be honest, I only bought this book because I really love Shawn Johnson.
I didn't expect this to an absolutely incredible book that would blow mind so I'm not really disappointed.
The Flip Side is pretty plain and basic. The writing and characters are fine. The plot is nice. But it's all really simple. There wasn't much to the characters and the plot was a little boring at times. It was a fun, cute read but not really memorable.
I feel like this would be a great book if you're a casual reader
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Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Lola ! Click on her name to read her review.

I had heard about this book through Lola's review. It sounded pretty good and I was in the mood for something light to read. I requested it on Netgalley and much to my delight (and surprise) I got it! Unfortunately I didn't
This is the second gymnastics YA book I've read within the past two months. It's a guilty pleasure of mine I guess. Whatever. I had fun reading this, but enjoyed the gymnastics element more than the romantic element. If you know of any more YA books that involve gymnastics please let me know. I want to read them all.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
This is the cutest book I've read in a while and it's perfect for summer + if you're excited about the Olympics in August, this book will get you more excited.

If you are one of those that are waiting for the gymnastics part in the Olympics every four years, you'll love The Flip Side. It not only has the sweat and the tears and the passion of the girls before going into the Olympics, before finding out they are in the national team, it also has a cute ship (!!!! I'm still swooning about this),
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016
This book follows Charlie Ryland a 15 year old gymnast and Olympic hopeful who is living a double life. She tells nobody at her public school that she does gymnastics. Add in a boy, struggles in government class, a desire to go to the prom and Olympic Trials and you've got this book in a nutshell.

I am a self-proclaimed gym nerd. I did trampoline for a while. I've followed artistic religiously since Beijing and by that I mean I watch even the minor competitions if they're being streamed. I listen
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Gymnastics is one of my favorite events in the Olympics aside from track and field. I liked Shawn Johnson's performance in 2008 and found her to be quite amazing, so when I learned she was releasing a YA novel that would incorporate her experience as an elite gymnast I knew I had to read it.

The Flip Side was a good debut. The story surrounded all things gymnastics, as expected. Charlie's character not only depicted what it was like to have gymnastics as the center of her life, but we also got a
I did like this book at points. It was addictive in that YA cliche sort of "will they or won't they?". But other than that, it was full of the same old tropes that we all are used to seeing in these sorts of novels. The main love interest made me uncomfortable too like I totally thought that he was going to turn out to be a jerk but weirdly enough he was redeemable for some reason? At one point in the novel, when he and Charlie are stargazing out in the field, he goes "Hey, can I give you a ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
3.5 stars (liked it a lot)
Review by Brandi Breathes Books

Source: Simon Teen via Edelwiess
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.

I wanted to read The Flip Side because I enjoy gymnastics, and wanted to read a fictionalized account of olympic goals.

She was a fun character she's very interested in gymnastics and she's hoping to make the Olympic team. But
Jennifer Shanahan
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-total-faves
Super cute story! Quick read for me but I loved it!! I have loved gymnastics since I was a little girl so this book was perfect for me. Keep up the writing Shawn!!! Great story and loved the characters too!!
This should really be marketed for kids, not teens. It just is very simple, like the Silver Blades books I read as a kid.

And I didn't have much sympathy at all for all the lies. And I get you're a kid, but if you really want to make the Olympics, boys can wait.
Decent book though it took some time before I liked it. At first I didn't like the MC much.
Sleepless Dreamer
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh no, it's 2:30am.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Flipside by Shawn Johnson was published in 2016 about a girl named Charlie Ryland. The book is about Charlie, who is a really good gymnast who is trying to go to the olympics. The catch is that she lives basically two different lives. She is a sophomore in high school and she doesn't want people to like her just because shes famous. So, in school she goes by the name of Charlotte. Charlotte is not popular at all, most people don't even know who she is but thats how she wants it to be. Even ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shawn Johnson has created an amazing story that many would love. This story brings you on a lifeline that some people may be going through or struggling with. There are many people that are star athletes and get treated differently because of this. This story brings you on a journey of a girl that tried to live a double life.
In The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson, you go on a journey with Charlie Ryland. Charlie is both an Olympic hopeful training gymnast, but also a regular girl. She keeps the
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
Very much a story geared towards kids/intermediate reading levels and not YA/teenagers, this is a very predictable, easy book about a high school sophomore who hides the fact that she's an elite gymnast from her friends at school. There is a plotline about a boy she likes and going to the prom, but really, this is a very basic story. I wasn't at all impressed, but I was entertained-- I imagine little girls into gymnastics would like it, but probably not so much anyone else at all. just 2 stars.
Too much romance and not enough gymnastics.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!!
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I love anything that has to do with gymnastics. This was so fun to read. I was rooting for Charlie every second. Get it, girl!
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, because although she did have her name as charlie Ryland in this book. It was still really cool to get to know her really story of her life and how she went to the Olympics.
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
With the Olympics just around the corner, and my love for watching the Gymnastics portion of the Olympics I couldnt help but want to read this book by retired gymnast Shawn Johnson. I couldnt wait to see what her book was about and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I felt everything her main character felt and I got excited for her all the way through. Shawn Johnson did a wonderful job writing this story about trying to balance two aspects of her life while ...more
Aditi ~ A Thousand Words A Million Books

My Initial Thoughts: A BOOK ON GYMNASTICS! *squeals in delight*

I suppose it's really funny that I love reading about gymnastics, because I am a POTATO that's cannot walk straight. No, seriously. I one slid down a whole flight of stairs in the movie theatre. And almost lost a contact lens in my eye. Potato.

But ever since my older sister watched Make It Or Break It in front of me, and I realised that the coolest flip I could ever do would be
Ms. Yingling
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

High school student Charlotte has a huge secret-- she's really a premier gymnast who may make the Olympic team, but she hides her identity by using "Charlie" when she is in the news. Along with her friend Gwen, who is home schooled, Charlotte keeps up with the grueling schedule of practices and meets, so her homework suffers a bit. Her best friend at school, Zoe, knows nothing of her other life, so is always trying to get her to date. In particular, there
A really sweet and simple story about teenager Charlie Ryland who lives a double life as both an average high-school student and an elite gymnast hoping to make the Olympic team. But with the Olympic trials coming up and the inevitability of her celebrity identity being outed, the lines between her normal life and her lifelong dream begin to blur.

I was particularly drawn to this because of 1) the adorable cover and 2) the fact that the 2016 Rio Olympics are over and I'm slightly empty inside.
Haley S
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A gold and silver medalist writing a novel? Yup! Shawn Johnson is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist! I couldn't believe it when I picked up this book. How cool is that? An Olympian writing an awesome novel!
Anyway, I am not here to talk about the author. The Flip Side is a great story.
Through Charlie's/Charlotte's ups and downs, I rooted her on, and she didn't disappoint me. I was at the edge of my seat, even though this wasn't a
1.5 stars

Snooze. I skimmed about 40% of the book it was so boring.

I read the book because: 1) it was written by Shawn Johnson and I thought shes a fun girl, so why not?, 2) the cover was cute, and 3) this was one of the books I wanted to read for my annual reading challenge. Unfortunately, all 3 were not good enough reasons: the cure for insomnia is.

The book was sooo boring -- the plotline was predictable and not compelling, the cover is cute but it did nothing for the story, so the only
Ericka Rheanne
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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A contemporary romance novel that focuses on a gymnast named Charlotte (Charlie) Ryland who lives a double life -- the one at school, shy, with her hair covering her face and glasses hiding her eyes & the other with a slicked-back ponytail and contacts, posing confidently for magazines and ready to take the olympics gymnastic competitions by storm. And, coincidentally, this double life sounds much like that of Hannah
Kayla Sharee
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
It was a cute, fairly predictable read. But I picked it up because Shawn Johnson, so, you know, there's that.
Kali Cole
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was great for a $2 book!
Paul Baker
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson (with Amy Sonnichsen) has been my most pleasant reading surprise of the year. Johnson is a former Olympic gold medal gymnast who turned to a career in the media following the all-too-brief time period for elite athletes in gymnastics. In particular, after a winning turn on "Dancing with the Stars," she has turned to writing. I have not, at this writing, read her memoir, but if The Flip Side is any indication, she has a bright future.

This Young Adult Romance novel
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