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Teenage Musings: Flip by Martyn BedfordFlip
Author: Martyn Bedford
Publisher: Walker Books
Date: March 2011
296 pages
Genres: Science Fiction
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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.

Reviewed by: Jack

Hmm. I’m not really sure with Flip. I don’t know if I liked it or not. There were times when I was hooked into the storyline, but there were also times when I just thought that this was an average story that’s a bit boring. Flip isn’t the best book I’ve read, that’s for sure.

When I first saw this book in the book store, the story line seemed interesting. I had never really read anything similar to this before, so I thought I’d give it a try, something different. Well, when I finished reading Flip, I realised it wasn’t a unique story at all. It was very predictable actually.

I was expecting some crazy plot twist to occur at the end, because it felt like everything in the story was leading up to something shocking. But the plot twist never came, and I certainly wasn’t shocked. I was disappointed. I was left with the typical happy ending. I had read through the whole story, which got quite boring at times, hoping for excitement level to rise at some point, but it didn’t.

Ever wake up in someone else’s body?

This story was way too stretched out. The story line was very repetitive and it got extremely boring after a while. The events in the story were very predictable and the there was nothing that made it unique.

The style of writing in Flip is very simple, in my opinion. This made it very hard for me to want to read on at times. The way Martyn Bedford describes different scenarios is very boring. I felt like this story line had potential, but with it being so stretched out and repetitive, it disappoints.

“How could anyone help him? Never mind hours, he might be stuck like this for days, weeks, months, years. Forever.”

There weren’t many likeable characters. Alex got a bit annoying after a while, and I don’t think his reactions were very realistic. I did, however, like the relationships between characters. I found it Rob a very creepy character, and I don’t know why Alex trusted him so much. He seemed a bit odd to me. I don’t know if that was the author’s intentions though.

I think that was the only thing that appealed to me in the story, the characters’ relationships and the hope that there would be a plot twist. The title wasn’t the best either, and the cover was bland.

Overall, Flip by Martyn Bedford was a disappointment. I won’t be reading it again. The story was predictable, although I was hooked at times. I really had high hopes for Flip, but I was let down.

3 Stars

5 Responses to Teenage Musings: Flip by Martyn Bedford

  1. tillzy says:

    Such a shame that this was disappointing Jack! It looked quite interesting from the blurb, but I shall not be picking this up after reading this!

  2. aimeerobyn says:

    Ah, I agree with Tillzy, I was interested after reading the blurb but it sounds like it wouldn't be worth it. Interesting idea though.
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