Flip by Martyn Bedford

80%

30 Critic Reviews

The challenges Alex is faced with, the options, and what this experience does to him, are all very interesting. Although not focused on it, the book begs a lot of questions that coincide with philosophy.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

Flip is captivating from beginning to end, with rich characters and a fascinating mystery. . . . Highly recommended!” --James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner series

What does it mean to have a soul whose will to live knows no limits?

One morning fourteen-year-old Alex wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table? Total strangers.

And when he looks in the mirror, another boy's face stares back. A boy named Philip, known as Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life, he'll be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else.

Martyn Bedford's debut novel for young adults is fearless and fast-paced, a riveting psychological thriller about a boy coming undone in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

Praise for Flip

A Junior Library Guild Selection
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

"The mysteries are countless: What is a soul? Where does it go when its human host ceases to function? Bedford adeptly sweeps the existential curtain aside and tackles these heavy questions as the tension soars." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred


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About Martyn Bedford

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MARTYN BEDFORD has written five adult novels, including The Houdini Girl (Vintage). A former journalist, he teaches at Leeds Trinity University College. Martyn lives in West Yorkshire, England, with his wife and two daughters. Flip is his first novel for young adults.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books. 276 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 30 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 01 2011

What is a soul? Where does it go when its human host ceases to function? Bedford adeptly sweeps the existential curtain aside and tackles these heavy questions as the tension soars.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by happygirl165 on Jan 12 2012

This book will make you realise how lucky you are to be yourself.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by The Snork Maiden on Mar 04 2011

This book is extremely gripping. It is fast-paced but still keeps you guessing.

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by National Post on Jul 01 2011

The challenges Alex is faced with, the options, and what this experience does to him, are all very interesting. Although not focused on it, the book begs a lot of questions that coincide with philosophy.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Bookbag on Mar 01 2011

A brilliant, engrossing, thought provoking, psychological thriller that was impossible to put down.

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Families Southwest

Excellent
Reviewed by A Shelley on Jul 01 2012

Waking up in someone else’s body is hardly a new idea, but rarely has it been done so effectively as in Martyn Bedford’s riveting read for teens.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Ned Kelly on Jul 01 2011

Physic evacuation, as impossible as it may seem, is an amazing topic for a novel. The challenges Alex is faced with, the options, and what this experience does to him, are all very interesting.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Feb 06 2012

This is a fast-paced and heart-warming story you won’t want to put down until you finish.

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Feeling Fictional

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on May 10 2011

Alex is a great character and I enjoyed his interactions with Flip's family.

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The Overflowing Library

Good
Reviewed by Kirsty on Mar 07 2011

I liked how it brought up questions about the preciousness of life and the importance of living your life to the full.

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Annette's Book Spot

Good
Reviewed by Annette on Jun 22 2001

Flip takes an unbelievable premise and sucks you right in to this world without a second thought.

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Guys Lit Wire

Good
Reviewed by grazianohmygod on Jan 27 2012

Flip is a satisfying mystery that delivers on its promising premise.

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Murphy's Library

Good
Reviewed by Murphy on Feb 24 2011

It’s an emotional roller coaster, we see Alex struggling with his own problems—and dealing with Flip’s problems as well—, and it’s tough when he finds out what happened to him.

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Ringo the Cat

Good
Reviewed by Ringo on Mar 05 2012

Flip is a fast read, has an exciting story and will satisfy a lot of reluctant readers.

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YA Litwit

Good
Reviewed by Karis Jacobstein on Oct 10 2011

It is unpredictable, and aside from the slowish start, a fabulously paced ride.

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Book Trends

Good
Reviewed by Book Trends on Jul 29 2011

Flip by Martyn Bedford is an amazingly suspenseful book that is packed with marvelous description.

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Finding Wonderland

Good
Reviewed by Tanita on Dec 06 2011

FLIP is a well-paced and tautly written, thoughtful psychological thriller.

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Cracking the Cover

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Apr 19 2011

The pacing is easy and the story accessible, making it a strong option for your reading pleasure.

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Midnight Bloom Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Liz on Apr 01 2011

I really loved Flip's sister Teri so I kind of wished there were more scenes with her in them since I laughed at almost all of her lines.

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An Adventure in Reading

Good
Reviewed by raidergirl3 on Mar 24 2012

It was very readable, and I couldn't put it down, wanting to find out what happened, and how it might be resolved.

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Books for Company

Good
Reviewed by Jodie Lane on Jun 27 2011

A realistic, refreshing, emotional and gripping read which l recommend to all ages.

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Susie Bookworm

Below average
Reviewed by Susie on Jun 14 2011

There isn’t much depth to the book, but the storyline makes up for this.

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Bob's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by bobsbooksnz on Jan 17 2012

This would be the strangest book for teenagers I have read for some time but boy was it compelling reading. It will make you flip.

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Cosy Books

Good
Reviewed by Heaven on Mar 07 2011

Flip is a fantastic body swap book but with a huge twist that I have never seen done before.

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Babbleabout

Good
Reviewed by Yvonne Keen on Jan 05 2012

Flip is a tense and riveting psychological thriller. Martyn Bedford really gets into the mind of teenage Alex as he is suddenly and unexplicably facing a life-changing scenario, literally.

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Book Eating Girl

Good
Reviewed by Bookeating Girl on Dec 12 2011

The impetus to keep reading is intrigue at how Alex will chose to deal with events, and of course how you would deal with it yourself.

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Alisa Carter

Good
Reviewed by Alisa Carter on Oct 12 2011

This is one of those books that makes you invent reasons to be alone so you can read.

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YA Not-Just-Books Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Stacy Church on Oct 01 2011

There’s plenty of suspense as Alex tries to figure out why his soul took over Flip’s body, and how he can get back into his own before it’s too late.

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McMurry and August

Good
Reviewed by Kate McMurry on Aug 23 2011

This book will be particularly appealing to younger teen boys and reluctant readers. The cover makes the story seem more scary than it is, but is one that no boy would feel embarrassed to be caught with.

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Book Reviews and English News

Good
Reviewed by English Teacher on May 16 2011

The character development is very good here and the pacing is nice. Also, the book is short enough to appeal to junior high school boys, which is always a good thing.

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