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.
This was a fantastic and fast-paced YA thriller! The book is written from Alex's perspective, so one easily feels for his character. Poor nerdy Alex is stuck in quite the conundrum and you wonder how/if he will ever get back to his own life. The suspenseful plot kept me turning the pages, I swear I finished it in a blink! Yet the book also causes many thought-provoking questions to arise. How much of who you are is your memories vs. what others expect of you? Especially pertinent to young adults is: which is better, being popular or being yourself?
Flip is Martyn Bedford's first foray into the young adult genre and I think he should definitely write more YA lit! This is a story of friendship, life and identity with many plot twists and turns - I absolutely recommend this tightly paced book!