Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen



Title: Flipped
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Publisher: Ember
Published:  May 13, 2003
Katertot's Rating: ★★★★★
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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.



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Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is the story of Julianna Baker and Bryce Loski, two kids who attend the same school and live across the street from each other. Juli and Bryce don’t exactly get along; the not-getting-along part is mostly on Bryce’s side, considering he was a bit turned off by Juli from a young age when Juli was convinced she was in love with him. The best part of the story, in my opinion, was when their feelings for each other really did “flip”; Juli didn’t feel anything for Bryce anymore just as Bryce was starting to realize how he really felt about her.

Juli’s dad was the sweetest father I’ve ever read about in a book. He always knew what to say and when to say it. He was a painter and told her “a painting is more than the sum of its parts,” and when Juli was in her sycamore tree, she understood what it meant. I don’t want to give too much away about what happened, but I’ll share this quote that exemplifies not only the beautiful relationship between Juli and her father but also the amazing descriptions in this book:
“I pulled off the towel, and there was my tree. My beautiful, majestic sycamore tree. Through the branches he’d painted the fire of sunrise, and it seemed to me I could feel the wind. And way up in the tree was a tiny girl looking off into the distance, her cheeks flushed with wind. With joy. With magic.”
When I’m only on page 43 of the book and I’m already in tears, I know this is going to be a good book. 
Also, Juli was my favorite character in the book because she not only appreciated the love for her from her parents, but she loved them just as much:
“I felt sorry for my father. I felt sorry for my mother.  
But most of all, I felt lucky for me that they were mine.”
I feel so lucky that my parents are mine, so I could easily relate to this quote.
I highly recommend this book because it isn’t just for kids -- it has something for everyone. Lovable characters; a perfectly-paced, intriguing story; and humor throughout the whole book. A wonderful read.
 Thank you to the ladies at the The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow for letting me know about this great book!

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17 comments:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful story and I love the cover with that cute little chicke. I just want to put him in my pocket and keep him forever. Great review!

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Teresa! Isn't that little chick the cutest?? I need him! This is such a sweet book - I think you would like it <3

      ~Katertot

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  2. Aww this sounds wonderful and I love the concept. Wonderful review Katertot. Have you read Going Vintage..i think you would love it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Kimba! Going Vintage sounds amazing! I love the cover and the synopsis -- I've always been a big fan of the 60's. I wouldn't mind going back to a simpler time like Mallory does. <3

      ~Katertot

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  3. Sounds like an adorable read. Will keep this in mind next time I'm in the mood for a contemporary novel.

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    1. It really is adorable! Very sweet and poignant :)

      ~Katertot

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  4. Oh I really want to meet Juli's dad now! I love the way you describe their relationship. The premise here is pretty interesting too. I'm surprised I haven't heard of this book before. Thanks for sharing, Michele! :)

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Sam! They made a movie of it a couple years ago. Juli's dad is so wonderful -- I think you would really like this one! <3

      ~Katertot

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  5. Ahh did you know there was a movie? I watched the movie two years ago and really liked it and I have wanted to read the book ever since. I thought the whole story was great. I really liked Bryce's grandpa in the movie. Hopefully he is as good in the book. I think it is time for a family movie night this weekend. As always a wonderful review, Katertot!

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    1. Hey, Ms. Heidi!! I haven't seen the movie yet, but my mom bought me the DVD after I read the book -- I can't wait to watch it! Yes, I absolutely loved Chet! He's a really interesting character. Thank you so much! <3

      ~Katertot

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  6. I've been wanting to read this, and now with your review, I certainly will! Thanks!

    Candi

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Candi! I think you'll love it! <3

      ~Katertot

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  7. I am so glad you loved this one, too! Juli is just amazing and I adored the quotes you shared. Her dad is awesome! I loved when everything "flipped", too! I still need to see the movie! :)
    ~Stephanie

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Stephanie, and thank you for your wonderful review that convinced me to buy it! Her dad is so great -- I always love it when books have a quiet, wise, thoughtful character like that :) We can't wait to see the movie, either! <3

      ~Katertot

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  8. This sounds like a wonderful story. Excellent review!

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Ellen! It is so wonderful -- I think you would love it <3

      ~Katertot

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  9. I have heard of this book, and have yet to read it! It sounds wonderful! I must check it out some time! I'm glad you loved it so much and it shows in your review. You picked great things to show us in it Katertot! Awesome job! <3

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