Friday, 9 August 2013

Flipped - Wendelin Van Draanen

Published: 2003
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Pages: 211


Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.


Flipped is a charming story about infactuation told by two voices , Juli and Bryce. I feel as if I'm a bit old for this book, thought that has never stopped me from reading kid's books before, but I would have loved this book when I was fourteen or so.
Bryce is a fairly boring, shallow, two faced character to begin with, but i suppose it is forgivable considering he just wants to fit in and not embarrass himself in his new school. Juli on the other hand is smart ambitious and kind, and for some reason is completely in love with Bryce.
While the storyline does have some depth to it, the whole thing is very naive and innocent, probably because it's a preteen book. Van Draanen is an excellent writer, very easy to read, the book deals with the issue  of discrimination against people with mental disabilities extremely well and the characters undergo some very interesting development.

Three Stars ***  recommended for 12 to 14 year olds

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