Flip Turns by Catherine Arguelles
Genre: Middle Grade Mystery
Publishing Date: September 13, 2022
Thirteen-year-old Maddie just wants her classmate, Lucas, to leave her alone. He keeps asking her out—as if she hasn’t already said no a thousand times! Focusing on her competitive swim team, the Electric Eels, Maddie tries to ignore him, hoping he’ll go away.
But then, when someone starts sabotaging Maddie’s family-owned pool—glass on the deck, ketchup in the pool, followed by a “code brown”—Maddie worries it’s her “admirer” trying to get even. After Maddie’s parents rule the problems at the pool just harmless pranks, Maddie and her best friend Ez decide to investigate on their own. Could it be Lucas? And how can Maddie get him to leave her alone once and for all? The future of the Electric Eels and Maddie’s family legacy are on the line.
About the Author:
Before writing novels, Catherine earned a BA in English with a minor in Women’s Studies, and a MA in Psychology, Counseling. She has worked as a counselor with middle school students, a fundraiser for non-profits, and is the proud parent of two feminist readers. She lives in Northern California and her favorite event was once the 100-yard backstroke.
I was drawn to Flip turns because it was not only diverse but it had anxiety rep. One thing I will say about Maddie's Parents is that I found them too OTT of not making Maddie anxious. Speaking as a person with Anxiety I question how will Maddie cope in certain situations if they have not had to go through any?
Mind you I did like Maddie and her Friends and Family but question how quickly she went into a Romance with Nico when she was still being harassed by Lucas . Also her Parents should of been sooner. Bravo for discussing this subject in a Middle Grade which I have never seen before.
If you want a Contemporary with a hint of Mystery set in the world of Swimming Competitions then Flip Turns is the book for you. For all these reasons I am giving Flip Turns 4 stars