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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  3,225 ratings  ·  482 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?
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Wendy Lamb (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
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!

Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really really enjoyed reading this book. I love the premise. It reminds me a lil bit of Every Day by David Levithan and Freaky Friday-ish. I gave this one 3 stars for now because I know I will be reading this again in the future. Although, im enjoyed reading this but at certain parts it didn't pulled me in and I felt conflicted.
Alice Baxter
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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!
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
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Same story, done before, switching bodies. Not enough showing of other characters’ thoughts and actions.

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’s
Apr 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Flip
Author: Martyn Bedford
Genre: YA Existential Fantasy
Rating: Five Stars!

I’m a sucker for book covers, so when I stumble upon a good one, I immediately have to investigate. Who wrote it? What can those images possibly mean? I’m a fan of bright and flashy things, but what I really love is subtle mystery—you know, those book covers that catch your eye because they seem dark and intriguing. Those always make me wonder, “Now what’s this all about?” So I’ll pick it up off the shelf, or here l
Jeff Reed
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think Flip was a great book. It can be really boring at times, but the payoff for reading it is unbelievable. Some parts make you want to stop reading the book it's so boring, others make you never want to stop. There were times I considered abandoning Flip, but I am so glad I didn't. I see myself buying a copy of it so I can reread it, since I am so sad I finished it. I hope there's a second book, and I think there is, because it ends on such a cliffhanger and I want the story to continue. I ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february, march

The plot of this book is pretty simple, but this author found a way to make this story line more than just simple. Alex Gray wakes up one day in another bed, in another room, in another house, and in another boys body. He eventually figures out what has happened with his body, and with his soul, and sets out to fix the problem. And along the way, Alex was lucky enough to find someone like him, someone who could understand him and someone who could help him.

I chose to read this book because when
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 13-16 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: 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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
3.5 stars
I really liked it for the most part but I couldn't really get emotionally invested in it at all.
Phil Atteberry
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This 2011 novel is one of the best YA's I've ever read. The premise of "psychic evacuation" is fantasy, of course, but the setting, the detail and the psychological stresses of the characters are compellingly realistic. More importantly, good fiction allows us to get inside characters different from us and experience the world as they do. In this book, that literally happens. Watching the results play out is--I think--interesting and enlightening.
Jacob Stelling
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an outstanding read.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Flip by Martyn Bedford is a gripping fantasy novel about a persistent teenage boy named Alex whose soul wakes up one morning inside somebody else's body. Alex's soul was transferred to another boy's body, known as Phillip. Everything is foreign to Alex. When he walks downstairs in the house, "the family at the breakfast table? Total strangers." Also, when he looks at his reflection, he doesn't see his freckles, ginger-blond hair, blond eyebrows, and blue eyes. The face looking back at Alex is "b ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book that I read was Flip by Martyn Bedford, it’s about someone living two lives. It talks about, how this teenage boy fell asleep and then woke up with a different body not him and different place. This book could be for someone that likes , action, and adventure. Book that can get you attention and sometimes wants to you to keep reading. Makes you feel like you’re in the story, makes you think what happened next or if what happened if that was you. Flip is a fiction book.
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-in-2011, ya
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
Alisa Carter
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-book
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
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**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
S.A. Larsen
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any soul-searcher out there
Recommended to S.A. 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
Allison McCarthy
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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