The Boy Who Reversed Himself

Here’s what I remember:

  • A girl meets a strange nerdy boy who can go into the 4th dimension
  • The fourth dimension wasn’t just a perpective, it was its own universe with its own living creatures
  • If you flip over in fourth dimension and come back, you will be reversed, and all foods taste weird to you. Apparenly, reversed ketchup is like crack
  • The guy and gal are kidnapped by two freaky creatures in the fourth dimension, and then they look at them with fourth-dimension viewing glasses, they looked like scary octopuses
  • This book ruled

I think this author wrote another book about a boy that finds a cloning machine. Except the clone would start growing weird black moles and turn into a freaky killer. Or maybe that was a bad dream I had.

21 thoughts on “The Boy Who Reversed Himself

  1. glittergirley says:

    oh my god – why does this sound so familiar and yet i have no recollection of reading it?! but as soon as i read your synopsis i had this VIVID image of my grade school cafeteria (that also doubled as a gymnasium/assembly place/stage for school plays).


  2. The Black Sheep says:

    It reminded me of a Goosebumps episode called ‘Lets Get Invisible” and the mirror was another dimension that was all weird.

  3. Jehanne says:

    Holy crap, I LOVED this book! A few weeks ago it was mentioned in a post on a book-lovers forum, and it’s been on my to-be-reread list ever since. But somehow it’s never at the library when I search for it. Boo.

    That bit about the ketchup has stuck with me for the past 15 (at least) years. Seriously, every time I see ketchup in a packet, I think of this damn book.

    There were actually TWO boys in the story, right? The nerdy guy (I’m almost positive that his name was Omar) and a pretty-but-stupid guy. Omar showed the girl how to go 4-D. Later the girl brought the dumb guy to the other dimension to try to impress him, and that’s when they were kidnapped by the 4-D monsters… who were named something like Gigigi and Ramoom. And the monsters put them in this maze where they were chased by some OTHER monster… a 4-D rat maybe?

    Why the HELL do I remember this shit? I’m pretty sure that I only read this book once.

    • Saijin2180 says:

      I’m the exact same! Yes, it was Omar, and I remember some random parts that you mentioned. And I only read it once as well!

  4. perfectsize12 says:

    YAY!!! I loved Sleator and this book was one of my favorites! And the book with the clones was called The Duplicate.

  5. ihatewheat says:

    Jehanne- totally! GIGIGIGI! I remember now. Oh yea, and the boy she was kidnapped with was drugged or something so he wouldn’t remember the fourth dimension.

    Also, they described the fourth dimension as a cube who had a cube for each side, which is so not what the fourth dimension is. Not like I really know, but I know it’s not that.

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  7. Lucy says:

    Yay, William Sleator! One of the best YA sci-fi writers ever. My favourite of his was Interstellar Pig, which is about a boy who discovers his neighbours are aliens. Scared the crap out of me when I first read it, aged about 10 (and actually still does now I’m 26!).

  8. nikkim602 says:

    I’m on vacation and staying at my mom’s house and this book is still on the bookshelf in the family room. I loved this book when I was younger. I definitely remember the ketchup tasting amazing if they flipped over in the fourth dimension. I’m tempted to reread it while I’m home this week.

  9. Amber Tan says:

    Ditto, Glittergirley and BadKat! This title sounds so familiar…and I loooove the Choose-Your-Own Adventure Series. That I gave away all CYAs long ago makes me sad. 😦

    But now I am sooo going to read this book and *that* will make me happy again! πŸ™‚

    “Apparently, reversed ketchup is like crack.”

    NATLBSB! πŸ™‚

  10. Kathryn says:

    I saw the Choose-Your-Own Adventure series in a Barnes and Noble the other day. Apparently the publishers re-released them. I was never very good, though. I always died. Unless I cheated. πŸ™‚

  11. The Kuus says:

    Ahh, this book was great – one of my favorites as a kid! I especially liked that the ending was not a happily ever after, but rather a tolerable ever after. Thanks for recapping this!

  12. Amber Tan says:

    “I always died. Unless I cheated.”

    Now, now Kathryn…memorizing the page numbers to all the good endings in the CYOA books isn’t cheating. Technically-speaking of course. πŸ˜‰

    Good to know they were re-release though! πŸ™‚

  13. HK says:

    Oh shit yeah, there were evil clones. There was also some end-of-the-world game with evil pigs and space creatures and what-not, getting stuck in a mountain during a time jump, getting back at your asshole twin by growing one year older over night, and the odd beautiful girl who was always Trouble. I was all up in William Sleator’s shit when I was young.

  14. katie- help me says:

    craap. i have to write a report on this book and i never finished it. the report it due in 1 day, and im freaking out!!!! can someone summarize the middle/end in a non-confusing way plzz!!!!!

  15. Jasoncho 123 says:

    This book is awesome! I’m so stuck into it, my head hurts alot.As far as I know, they’re like stuck inside a cage with 4-D monsters. And when you eat the ketchup, you get high. This book can confuse you. It still boggles my brain. There’s this ana and kata thingy, and I still don’t know what it is. [WARNING: REVERSED KETCHUP IS ILLEGAL LIKE DRUGS AND MARAWANA.] Just immagine in 4-D there’s an invisible wall and you can’t see through it. That’s the extra direction. You have to shift your head to see the other side. And in 5-D, there are 2 walls.

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