Flutter – Gina Linko

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All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They’re extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she’s tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash’s life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery’s loops. 

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late.

 

For as long as Emery can remember she has had the ability to time travel. She calls them loops: traveling both to her future and home loops. One thing? Whenever Emery loops she has a horrible seizure, something she knows is slowly killing her. Emery’s father is convinced that he can save Emery, but he also wants to use her as his own scientific experiment. It doesn’t matter if it might be better for Emery to lead a normal life, he has to be the one to identify the problem, which causes him to treat Emery like a lab rat.

Sick of being treated like a freak, Emery runs away to Esperanza, a town that the boy in her loops has been showing her. There she finds love, friendship, self identity and pleasure. Four things she didn’t much feel back home. Intent on keeping those essential things in her life, Emery must fight to stay alive, battle a struggling romance and stay off of her father’s radar all at the same time. If only it was that simple.

 

I received Flutter a few weeks ago from Random House, and I strayed away because I tend to dislike a lot of contemporary novels. One day, I came to the conclusion that I could find absolutely nothing good to read. I mean nothing. Desperate, I started to search the piles littering my house, and I gave Flutter a closer look. Before I set it back down I decided that I was going to check Goodreads and see what everyone else thought about the book. Little did I know that Flutter wasn’t just a contemp, it was also about time-travel. Well, that did it. I set everything aside and dived into Gina Linko’s book, Flutter.

The romance in Flutter was so beautiful that it started to become really difficult for me to put the book down. Of course I had both school and work that week, so I’m afraid I got a bit grumpy during the many times I wasn’t able to read the book. Emery and Asher were simply perfect for each other. Honestly, I often felt that I was in a book that Jennifer Echols and Linda Howard tag teamed on. It was that gorgeous.

Above all else, I really enjoyed Emery’s character. I loved her from page one and I never wavered. I can’t even imagine how someone could become nearly as strong as Emery. If I were in a hospital, time traveling back and forth, with the knowledge that I was going to die (not to mention that my father thought I was a lab rat), I would want to curl up in tiny little ball and cry my eyes out. I would be a useless, emotional wreck (at least I can admit it), and would NEVER be able to accomplish everything that Emery managed to. I was so, so, so proud of her for everything she did, and I found myself looking up to her in many places. It takes a lot of skill to create such inspiring characters and a beautiful storyline, and this book had the whole package.

Although I loved this book, I did have a couple of problems. First, I was not a big fan of the time traveling aspect of the story. If this book had strictly focused around Emery and Asher’s romance and her time in Esperanza, it would have received a full 5 stars from me. For most of the book, I did actually consider it 5 stars worthy,  but I really couldn’t get into the time traveling portion of the book. Second, I didn’t enjoy the last few chapters of the book nearly as much as I did the rest of it. Again, this comes down to the time traveling aspect. The last few chapters of the book really focused on the looping and Emery’s father, something that I just wasn’t interested in. And, finally, the very final surprise made me angry.  These reasons made me knock off a star and a half, but I know that this probably won’t bother a lot of people. Don’t get me wrong, I would read this book again, and I will read everything else that Gina Linko writes. I just really wish this book would have been strictly contemporary.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Gina Linko created such a beautiful world and characters that you won’t be able to help but lose yourself in it. Fans of Jennifer Echols will adore this book, as the romance in it was simply heartbreaking and brilliant. Move aside, Echols, it’s time to introduce Gina Linko. Go order your copy of Flutter now!

Pages: 352

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

Rating: [rating: 3.5]

 

Teaser Quote: “Well, go get him, you dummy” Daisy offered. I started to move toward him and he saw me. He did that thing again, where he put a hand over his heart, and he stopped dead in his tracks, gave me a smile.