Author: Martyn Bedford
Published April 5, 2011
Publisher: Wendy Lamb
The Summary: 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?
The cover drew me in, as well as the synopsis. I wanted so very much to like Flip, and I did. But rather than blowing me away, it just left me with the feeling of “okay I read a book, and it was decent”. So I guess you can be whelmed in response to the age old question that 10 Things I Hate About You raised. The narrative was nice, and I liked the characters over all. I liked the budding relationship between Alex/Flip and Cherry. The first few chapters were confusing–I expected the disorientation, the confusion, and the panic, but the pacing just seemed so off. It took a while for Alex/Flip to figure out what had happened, making the story drag, and then the ending smashed all together and read really quickly. The ending is what made me give this such a low rating. It felt rushed and clunky, not matching the rest of the prose in the story. I just wish I liked this more, because this style of story telling is right up my alley.
Overall If you’re looking for a quick read with an interesting premise and strong characters, pick up Flip. There’s not much to it however, and I found it just slightly below average.