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Review: Flip by Martyn Bedford

Flip by Martyn Bedford
Published by Walker books
Challenge: BBC, DAC
Source: Review Copy (thank you walker!)

One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to  bed. He wakes up to  find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it's the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers.And when he looks in the mirror, another boy's face stares back at him.  A boy named 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.  Questions of identity, the will to survive, and what you're willing to sacrifice to be alive make this extraordinary book impossible to put down.

I really enjoyed this book because it was so different from anything else YA I have read recently

Flip follows the story of Alex a young boy who has woken up inside of Philip "Flip" body. The idea was really creepy and a bit strange to get your head around to start with! I loved seeing how Alex reacted to waking up in someone elses body and how he went about dealing with the situation he was in. It was fascinating seeing him fit into someone elses life and having to deal with how different everything was for him as Flip on a day to day basis.

I don't want to go into too much detail about the book because I don't know how to tell you about it in detail without giving away to much but I will say that the story twists and turns nicely as the book progresses. I liked both Alex and the other characters he is introduced to as the story goes along. For me one of the most fascinating characters was Rob - another person who has woken up in a different body, and seeing how how the relationship between him and Flip progresses as the story goes along. I liked the conversations they had and how they viewed their situations in differing ways (I did actually worry that he would turn out to be creepy and evil - I'd like to see what other people think of him as a character.

The final outcome of the book was good and rounds off the story in a nice neat finish. I liked how it brought up questions about the preciousness of life and the importance of living your life to the full and appreciating what you have while you have it. All in all a fab debut!


Sniffly Kitty said…
Sounds like a pretty interesting story although it could have easily been cliche. Might just have to read this.

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This one sounds really interesting! I quite like the idea of body swap books (and films mostly!) It just seems like so much fun, with all the confusion :)
Anonymous said…
I just added this one to my wish list earlier this morning. It sounds great and I enjoyed reading your review too.
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Hm I like the sound of this one :D