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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,158 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s 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 it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and thre
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 a…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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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 an
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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. ...more
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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), am
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Brandi Kosiner
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars (liked it a lot)
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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
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 nick ...more
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.
A sweet, simple book that makes me think about good times when dreams were still a thing. Not a lot of depth to this story, but that added a touch of innocence.
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 couldn’t help but want to read this book by retired gymnast Shawn Johnson. I couldn’t 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 tr ...more
A Million Books
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, 2016, ya

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 i
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 gymn
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
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. Th
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 she’s 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 positi
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. ...more
Decent book though it took some time before I liked it. At first I didn't like the MC much. ...more
Sofie Hook
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book once before and it's one of those books that has so much drama that it "should" be dumb, but it's honestly addicting!!! good read:) ...more
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.
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!
Too much romance and not enough gymnastics.
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 she’s 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 that’s how she wants it to be. Even ...more
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 Montan
Jordyn Roesler
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, contemporaries
Cute book, fun to get an inside look into a (fictional) teenager’s life training for the gymnastics Olympic trials, but overall predictable and surface-level. I enjoyed it because of how much I enjoy Shawn Johnson as a person!
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not a gymnast, I never was, and I never will be. But gymnastics will always interest me. Watching girls only a few years older than me do such incredible feats with their bodies? Front flips on a four inch wide surface? Swinging around a bar, then letting go, only to catch it again momentarily? Flipping multiple times on the floor? Running faster than the average person should be able to, then pushing off a springboard to a table and spinning like crazy? All while thinking about sticking the ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
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For those of you not in the know, Sean Johnson is a 2008 Olympic Gold medal gymnast who decided to write a YA book. Actually, it’s ghost written-but that should really be pretty obvious if you read through the title page.

Honestly, I think the only reason Sean Johnson’s name was put on the book was to sell it. If it would’ve been any other YA book, the book would’ve easily been a big fat failure. And it honestly was for me, but understanding that this book’s orig
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