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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Review: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Buy Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0-375-86347-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-375-86347-9
Publication Date: August, 2010
List Price: $8.99

Review: You never forget your first love, and Bryce Loski won’t forget Juli Baker…and Juli will certinatley never forget Bryce in Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. It all started when they were is 2nd grade and Bryce moved into town. Juli fell head over heels in love with Bryce...and Bryce tried to avoid the social discomfort and the awkwardness that came along with Juli. But everything got ‘flipped’ in 8th grade when Bryce saw more to Julianna…and Juli is thinking he’s not all that he seemed to be. This is a novel that tells two points of views on how Bryce and Julis’ relationship was a rollercoaster-bumpy and rough, smooth and slow, quiet and both were on at different times. And how one person loved it…while the other was frighten and scared.

When Bryce Loski moves down the street from Juli Baker, both of their lives changed forever. Juli thinks Bryce is the most amazing person on the face of the earth, while he thinks the complete opposite of her. Through the years Bryce keeps his distance from this adventurous, intelligent young girl, while he is all she can think about. They had their ups and downs until 8th grade, when everything gets flipped upside down. All of a sudden Bryce starts liking and having feelings for Juliana…but by this time she is thinking he is an untactful jerk...Just a spitting image of his father. Juli doesn’t just casually stop loving Bryce...Between the sycamore tree, her eggs, her uncle David and her front yard she has every reason in the world to stop liking him. But once Bryce sees another side of Juli-past her front yard...her hair sniffing...and her stalking…He learns to value her from the inside-out. How does there relationship hold up after all of this?

What I enjoy about Bryce is he is always trying to be nice to Juli. He always tries to make the situation better, to avoid hurting her. I like that in guys so I think it is a cute characteristic for him. But what I don’t like about him is that he lies to Juli a lot. What I like about Juli Baker is her persistence for trying to get Bryce to fall for her. From 2nd grade to 8th grade…she tries her hardest to be noticed, but she isn’t being noticed in a good way, or at least the way she wants to get noticed. I think the book flows nicely and has easy dialogue so it is easy for readers of all ages. Flipped sends out a good message to both boys and girls. Girls hopefully will get from this story that boys sometimes aren’t worth the suffering, learn to accept their problems and don’t change yourself for them. Don’t follow them around like Juli does [that may creep them out] and don’t let them say bad things about you. I hope boy readers get the message that they shouldn’t be afraid to tell girls the truth because in the long run, it all turns out better. Don’t stretch out the lies; tell the truth to EVERYONE and you’ll feel like a better person. This was a difficult book to put down and I believe I could read it over and over again multiple times.

Review written by Samantha (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Flipped for this review.

Have you read Flipped? How would you rate it?

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