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Novel of Choice- Flip by Martyn Bedford
Transcript of Novel of Choice- Flip by Martyn Bedford
"And you think I am? For real, I mean."
Rob nodded. "You can always recognize another PE."
"Mate, you just look so bloody lonely in there." Part One- What's it about?
FLIP is the novel I decided to study by Martyn Bedford.
It is a thrilling story about a boy named Alex Gray who wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers. He is in great shock when he looks in the mirror as it is not his face that looks back, but the face of a boy named Phillip who is also known as 'Flip'. The rest of the book is about his quest to find out what happened to his body and how he can get back into it. This book contains questions of identity, the will to survive, and what you're willing to sacrifice to be alive making it impossible to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and sci-fi. About the Author
Martyn Bedford grew up in Croydon, South London where he worked in a bank for a year. He was the only child of Peter Bedford, a sheet-metal worker and Marjorie Bedford, a wages clerk. He has lived in West yorkshire for many years with his wife and two daughters.
Bedford went to a big comprehensive school and really enjoyed his time there. His first adult novel was about a disturbed man who took revenge on his former teachers.
Bedford has worked as a news reporter, football correspondent, features writer and sub-editor on newspapers all over England. He has also written many fiction novels for adults but has recently started to write books for teenagers and young adults.
Some of his other works include: Houdini Girl, Orange & Red, Black Cat, The Island of Lost Souls. His novels have been translated into 12 different languages.
As a former journalist, he now teaches on the English and Writing progamme at Leeds Trinity University College and has an MA in Creative writing from the University of East Anglia. FLIP is his first young adult novel. You Be the Critic
The book ‘FLIP’ should be included in the Year 9 reading program as it is unique book written by a very talented author. This book contains many great characteristics a good novel should have. Many readers would be able to relate to this book, wanting to continue turning the pages to see how similar they are to the characters. ‘Flip’ also contains a little mystery and the plot is very thrilling so you always ‘want’ to continue reading to find out the unexpected.
As soon as you read the blurb you are drawn into the book wanting to find out what happens. “How it is possible that Alex has become another boy-a boy called Philip, or Flip? But more importantly, how will he switch back to become himself again?” With blurbs like these your curiosity takes over and you read carefully not wanting to miss any clues given.
The language in this book is suitable for Young Adults as it is easy to understand and has a broad range of vocabulary. This is important because you want your audience to not only read a good story, but to also learn something through their read. Language is very important in novels because readers won’t read things with bland language. Would you believe? I want to die. As I have mentioned in Part One, ‘FLIP’ contains many suitable themes such as identity, relationships, escape, home, sense of self, alienation and even belonging. It is because of this broad range of themes that year 9s are able to enjoy this book. This book has so many different unexpected twists throughout the whole book and your eyes will be stuck to the pages wanting to know everything that happens.
The characters in this book help build up the story really well as they, like us are all different and unique. Instead of the characters revolving around the story, the story revolves around the characters making it much more interesting. This book is extremely gripping. It is fast-paced but still keeps you guessing and the plot is clever and unique, throwing you straight into the action right from the beginning.
This book contains all the key elements that make a book a good read which is why it should be included in the Year 9 reading program. The language is both engaging and understandable, the characters are original and unpredictable and the themes are very intriguing. All these different characteristics make ‘Flip’ more worthy of being a part of the Year 9 Reading Program. Dust Jacket Martyn Bedford came up with the idea of FLIP when he was at the dentist as a kid. Bedford's original plan for FLIP was to build the story around a pair of identical twins, separated at birth, and who never knew of each other's existence until their paths cross when they are teenagers. “Identity" is the main theme in Martyn Bedford’s novel FLIP. It is the question of how we see ourselves (and how others see us) as we progress from childhood through adolescence into adulthood. It is also the relationship between our outer, physical appearance and inner, psychological nature in combining to create our sense (and others' sense) of who we are.
If you transferred your mind to someone else's body would you still be the same "you", would you still see yourself in the same way?
This theme is shown throughout the book as Alex finds a way to return to his old life.
FLIP also addresses the theme of relationships and friendships as Alex takes a journey and makes new friends. Through this transformation, Alex meets a girl named Cherry who also stays his friend after he returns to his former body.
Martyn Bedford's debut YA novel Flip is a great read for those looking for something in the way of a thought-provoking psychological thriller! It will surely appeal to both boys and girls in need of a novel that will have your curiosity in control the entire time you're reading as you wish Alex will hopefully return to his body once again and that it's not already too late! But most of all, Flip will have you treasuring your own family more as you come to realize that well... there's no place like home. Part 4: What's Going On? The purpose of a dust jacket is to inform the audience a little bit of what the book is about without actually having to giving away much information on the actual book. It is also used to make the book appeal so the public would purchase the novel. The audience group for my dust jacket would be young adults/teenagers.
I didn’t want the front cover to give away any clues in what the book is about so I decided to base it on the blurb. ‘One morning fourteen-year-old Alex wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country.’ My dust jacket works well with the blurb as well as the title because it has shown exactly what has happened without actually having to say anything. The use of third person in Martyn Bedford’s book FLIP was really effective. It made the story more clear, concise and entertaining. As it was told from an outside perspective, it offered more thrills and chills and you saw events happen through your eyes as if you were an untold character in the story. It would have also been very interesting to see this story told in first person, from Alex’s perspective, so that readers’ are also able to relate to the events occurring throughout the book. A coma is a state of deep unconsciousness that lasts for a indefinite period. It is usually caused by severe injury or illness. The characters in this novel are based on stereotypes. While Alex is the main star of the novel, Bedford did a wonderful job of creating a great selection of supporting characters overall. Through Flip's friends and girlfriends, we really got to learn more about Alex and Flip, more formally known as Philip. The characters personalities contrast and the readers are shown how different Alex and Flip are. It is because of these differences that Flip's friends, teachers and family are finding themselves confused in Flip's seemingly odd behaviour. Flip's sister, Teri was the first to realise that Flip wasn’t Flip. She loved to tease Flip in an "I'm your big sister so it's my job to make fun of you" sort of way. When Alex didn’t retort back with witty comebacks of which Flip usually did, Teri quickly became suspicious of Alex who was pretending to be Flip. Although Martyn Bedford may have used stereo typical characters superficially, it becomes apparent that the characters have depth and dimension. With the interesting background of the characters, Bedford allows the book to be an interesting tale rather than flopping into a boring tale with stock characters.
The impact that the character development and depth on the readers is that the audience can have a better understanding of the storyline and therefore the novel is more and appealing. We’ve all had to start anew like Alex or experienced something similar. The audience will comprehend this novel in many different ways, but everyone will be able to relate to it to a certain degree. Martyn Bedford’s writing of the characters gives a sense of reality using stereotyped characters which makes the book an enjoyable read.
By Jennifer Nguyen 9E Authors often use comas in novels to rationalise an unrealistic storyline.