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 didnâ€™t understand why it was so awful that â€œthat cute little girlâ€ had held my hand. She thought I should be friends with her. â€œYou like soccer. Why donâ€™t you go out there and kick the ball around?â€ Because I didnâ€™t want to be kicked around, thatâ€™s why. And although I couldnâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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.
Iâ€™ve had this book for ages, but I havenâ€™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, Iâ€™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 wasnâ€™t interested in the Juli, mostly because she scared him. He spent the next few years running away from her â€” from avoiding her when sheâ€™d visit to play, to asking someone out so sheâ€™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 isnâ€™t really the guy she thought he is, and Bryce realizes that he really didnâ€™t take the time to know Juli and started seeing her in a new light.