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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,270 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine L’Engle, Madeleine L’Engle Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780739380963
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Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.

But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her. And since dating is forbidden except to seniors, their romance must remain a secret. With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 2/9/2014

    " Fairly cliche. I think I liked Camilla better but I'm not sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya | 2/2/2014

    " This was a wonderful love story. I love Madeline L'Engle and the characters she has created in her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/28/2014

    " This book is great! It's about this girl called Phillipa (Flip for short), who meets this boy called Paul. Paul doesn't remember his past, but someone comes along who claims to be his father! Flip goes to a girls' boarding school and doesn't fit in. She sneaks off to meet Paul, but the problem is still there. Will she ever fit in? Also, Flip decides to ski in an upcoming ski meet, but no one can know about her secret training with Paul. The book is great and if you like school or trying-to-fit-in books, this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/16/2014

    " And Both Were Young is good as boarding school stories go and has a sweet, quiet romance, but I don't think the part of the plot which has to do with Paul's history works very well with the rest of it. I mean, the wartime amnesia thing is fine and interesting, but not the mysterious stranger part. Anyway, I do like the convincing way in which Flip grows from shyness to confidence during the course of the book, and of course I pretty much always like boarding school stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/14/2014

    " I learned from this book that I really would have liked to go to a boarding school in a foreign country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgina | 1/7/2014

    " What a great story! I love how Flip grows over the course of the book -- she is likeable to the reader from the beginning but you can see how she would not be from the outside. Great evocation of how everything can be so dramatic when you are a teenager. I love Madeleine L'Engle books and I've read this one over and over again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat(i)e | 1/7/2014

    " A cute little YA book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 12/28/2013

    " A Juvenile Book- A young girl's mother dies and she goes to boarding school. A sweet story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida | 12/2/2013

    " I loved this book when I was in fifth grade. it made me cry every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kama | 11/7/2013

    " Just wonderful. Written in 1949. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 10/4/2013

    " I think if I were 10 years younger I might have enjoyed this book more, like I did L'Engle's Camilla in high school. The novel has beautiful language but a predictable plot and a too-happy ending. I'd recommend it to female middle and early high school students, but not to 23 year olds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ab | 6/8/2013

    " A favorite from my teen years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayla | 2/22/2013

    " A very charming book, and Flip was a lot like myself. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shar | 11/14/2012

    " When I saw the current cover, I thought this book was something new, however it was written in 1949 and republished recently. It definitely is YA from a more innocent and (slower moving) time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot Fallen | 10/4/2012

    " I have only one word to describe this book: beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/13/2012

    " I loved this book when I was in Middle School. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda | 5/19/2012

    " This was definitely my favorite of the books that I've read by Madeleine L'Engle. I've read it half a dozen times already, and will certainly go back to it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliana | 1/6/2012

    " Madeleine L'Engle is amazing, and I've loved all of her books. They are deep and beautiful, yet still understandable by different age groups and different types of people. I recommend this book, along with her books Camilla and A Wrinkle in Time (if you haven't already read this classic). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique Vincent | 8/20/2011

    " A return to my highschool days in mind, if only they'd been at such a boarding school! A good book, and probably one I can identify with the most of her characters. An excellent read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 xaviera | 5/15/2011

    " reminiscent of enid blyton, i'm afraid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Swallowfeather | 5/5/2011

    " This is a very sweet coming-of-age story with a realistic and sympathetically portrayed first romance. A lot of beautiful images from it are still in my mind though I read it years ago. I would give it to any lonely, artistic teen. For an adult, it's an excellent feel-good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 4/1/2011

    " A favorite while I was growing up. I'm not sure if it's worth 4 stars objectively, but I've loved it for so long I can't tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kama | 2/3/2011

    " Just wonderful. Written in 1949. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerith | 1/24/2011

    " Delightful post WW2 boarding school tale told by my very favorite author (using her own experiences). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 1/17/2011

    " I read this in middle school and just didn't like it. I saw that it had just been rerelased and decided to give it another try. Still not my favorite L'Engle, but I liked Flip and Paul and Madame much more this time around.

    I wonder if I need to give Camilla another try now? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittney | 12/25/2010

    " My first L'Engle. I have a thing for sentimental young adult fiction from the days before they were riddled with sex. Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. M. Montgomery anyone? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karis | 12/20/2010

    " I love this book! It's the second time I've read it, and it is still great. An innocent love story between two HUMAN teenagers (Imagine that!), with an interesting mystery and twist. A++ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 10/25/2010

    " I can't really relate to Flip at all. it doesn't hit me with the spark that other books do. The style of writing is also too different for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 9/21/2010

    " Contemporary realistic fiction. Flip goes to a boarding school very reluctantly. She meets a friend and they grow to care for each other while finding out who they really are. "

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About the Author
Author Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) is the author of many books for children and adults. She is perhaps best known for the Time Quintet, especially A Wrinkle in Time, which won a Newbery Medal, and her books featuring the Austin family, including the Newbery Honor Book A Ring of Endless Light.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.