Monday, June 11, 2012

Book Review: Flip by Martyn Bedford

Monday, June 11, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Series: Stand alone
Source: Random Buzzers
One day Alex is a kind of nerdy, chess-and-clarinet-playing, fourteen year-old boy. And then he wakes up as Philip "Flip" Garamond, a boy the same age as him, but who plays cricket and basketball, instead. Six months seem to have gone by, but Alex has no recollection of them, or any idea why he's suddenly someone else.

The body-switching plot has been used in YA countless times, but Flip is so unique that it stands out from all the rest. There's just the right amount of suspense and the plot moves along well. Overall, Flip is a really great read.

Alex made for a fantastic narrator- I really like when YA protagonists are male for some reason, and I know some other book bloggers have said the same. Even through his more troubling times, he has a very admirable sense of self and a great sense of humor. I have to say, though, for a fourteen-year-old, Alex is really mature. I know some guys years older than Alex who aren't that mature!

All of the other characters are just as well done. Teri (Flip's sister) is delightfully sarcastic and Cherry is smart, musical, and kind. Rob is definitely the most interesting character because he's the most messed up. As another PE (psyche evacuee) he's gone through a lot, and he's not as flippant as he wants to appear.

Flip is easy to read, but while it may seem like a fairly simple story on the surface, there are a lot of underlying themes going on. It gives the novel such depth and will leave you thinking long after you reach the back cover.
*4.5 stars*
Other Body-Switching Stories: Airhead by Meg Cabot, Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay, Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
If you could switch bodies with anyone, who would you choose?

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