I got Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen back when I was in college, the same time I got Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I got those books to cheer me up after a particularly bad day in school, one that involved school stress, a long week of having to re-shoot my photography assignment, processing film and a breakdown at the school’s photo lab (good thing there wasn’t any adult acne involved, or else I would’ve gone crazy that day). I saw this book while waiting for my dad and decided to splurge on it even if I wasn’t sure what it was about.
I’m glad I splurged because Flipped became one of my favorite books. :) This tells the story of Julianna and Bryce, their childhood, their family, school, and kisses. :) I loved the alternating points of view, the overall plot and the lessons the book gave about family, crushes and growing up. But you know what I love most about this now? I just heard that there’s going to be Flipped the movie. :D
Okay, most movie versions of books are bad, but I’m willing to give this one a shot. I hope they do justice to Bryce and Julianna’s awkward relationship and their families, especially the egg scene! Oh dear, look who’s excited. :D
Sharing the trailer from Macy‘s blog:
I’m also re-posting my review of the book from two years ago. I haven’t re-read this recently, because I think my copy is still with my friend. Hm, I should get that back soon.
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Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
My mom didn’t understand why it was so awful that “that cute little girl” had held my hand. She thought I should be friends with her. “You like soccer. Why don’t you go out there and kick the ball around?” Because I didn’t want to be kicked around, that’s why. And although I couldn’t say it like that, I still had enough sense at age seven and a half to know that Julianna Baker was dangerous.
What did a kiss feel like anyway? Somehow I knew it wouldn’t be like the one I got from Mom or Dad at bedtime. The same species, maybe, but radically different beast. Like a wolf and a whippet. Only science would put them in the same tree. Looking back, I think it was at least partly scientific curiosity that made me chase after that kiss, but it was probably more of those blue eyes.
I’ve had this book for ages, but I haven’t reviewed it ever (then again, I hardly review books back when I bought this). This, along with Stargirl is one of my favorite young adult books. I bought this on a whim, and ever since I first read it, I’ve loved the story. Julianna, especially, is a very memorable character that I wish a lot of times that I carry the same wonder and sparkle she has. :)
When Bryce Loski moves into the neighborhood, Julianna Baker was mostly interested in having a playmate than a boyfriend. But when she saw his blue eyes, she flipped. Bryce wasn’t interested in the Juli, mostly because she scared him. He spent the next few years running away from her — from avoiding her when she’d visit to play, to asking someone out so she’d stop chasing him (backfired big time), to throwing the gifts she gives him, and every thing he could manage to do. As they grow up, Juli realizes that Bryce isn’t really the guy she thought he is, and Bryce realizes that he really didn’t take the time to know Juli and started seeing her in a new light.