Review by Carla:
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Release Date: December 18th, 2008
Publisher: Knopf Books
Genre: YA | Contemporary
The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.
This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.
Flipped is the story of Juli and Bryce. They met the day Bryce moved into the house across the street from Juli. Obviously, she wanted to meet him and his family and to help them move. But, her help was not welcomed with enthusiasm. Bryce instantly found her annoying and wanted to be left alone.
The story is told from in two voices. We get so read both Juli and Bryce’s points of view. And is very entertaining and funny. Usually they had opposite opinions and feelings. Like when Juli assumed Bryce didn’t talk to her much because he was shy, Bryce simply found her annoying and didn’t want anything to do with her. Or when she thought she was doing a good thing, he didn’t really see it that way. There was a lot of misscommunication between them. But it’s not surprising, since they dind’t really talk much.
Both their families were the complete opposite. Bryce’s family owned the house they lived in, they lived comfortably and his father had somewhat very preconcieved ideas. Juli’s family was renting the house they were living in and they were somewhat poor, they weren’t able to afford some things and they bought pretty much everything seconhand. But we find out why in the book.
Is very interesting to the the characters’ evolution. Bryce’s ideas were pretty much alike his father’s and it’s refreshing to see him change and actually start to value the right things and start do let go of his prejudice. Even though it took him a long way and that he hurt Juli’s feelings a lot.
Juli was my favorite character. She is full of life, stubborn, determined. She is nothing like any other girls. She climbs on trees, she raises chickens, she does some heavy gardening. She pretty much achieves evertything she puts her mind into. She is alo very intelligent and very philosofical. It’s interesting to see her takes on life.
Another character I really liked was Bryce’s grandfather. A kind man who at some point is responsible for Bryce’s changing ideas. He was the one who got to him and made him see what he was doing wrong and urged him to change his ways before it was too late.
Altough the characters are very young, the writing is not childish at all. It’s an easy, funny, warming and very pleasent read.