Pages: 148 (more or less)
Genre: Romance; Young adult
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Synopsis: 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.- Goodreads.com
My Review: The first time I watched the movie Flipped in 2013, I positively and absolutely FLIPPPED. I couldn’t just wait to read the book, which I did just recently.
It’s a story about a young girl Julianna Baker and a boy who was walking around with her first kiss, Bryce Loski. The story is told by the both of them explaining a series of events from their point of view, such as their first meeting, her favorite tree and a lot of other things.
Juli, as she is popularly called, was the complete opposite of Bryce. According to their Town Paper, she was “a strong voice in an urban wilderness and a radiant beacon, shedding light on the need to curtail continued over-development of our once quaint and tranquil community”. I think she is just a lovely, outspoken young girl that you could never be bored being around. She seems like one of those old souls.
As for Bryce, I feel he is just like a lot of us were at that age, trying to find an identity. For goodness sakes he described Breasts as Female parabolas! Funniest thing ever. He always saw Juli as a nuisance right from the first day, but he never told her off and took whatever she offered (Yoruba demon behavior). He finds himself faced with decisions he has to make in order to be the person he wants to be.
Everything about the book is totally relatable. From Juli’s account of their meeting; when he held her hand (by mistake) she said: My heart stopped… For the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you and you’re floating… I almost got my first kiss that day. I’m sure of it.
Even the characters are relatable: Bryce’s cowardly and spiteful father who never sees the good in people, Bryce’s mother who realizes her mistake too late, Mrs. Stueby the elderly women in the neighborhood who had her nose in everyone’s business and a lot of them.
It’s a refreshing love story that is dipped in innocence and just makes you love every minute of it. The way Bryce, should I say, fell in love with Juli oh-so-slowly that confirmed the saying: you don’t know the value of what you have until you lose it.
My favorite quote in the book would have to be Bryce’s grandfather’s: Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss… But every once in a while you find someone who’s iridescent and when you do, nothing will ever compare.
Also, there was a theory made by Juli’s father about the whole (of a picture, painting, scenery, etc) being greater than the sum of its parts. I never understood this when I watched the movie till the book. This is where Juli learns that people are so much more than blue dazzling eyes or a mountain full of hair. Bryce’s grandfather modifies this theory and said: It’s that way with people too… only with people it’s sometimes that the whole is less than the sum of the parts. I won’t explain it because I’m sure you’d love it when you read it.
You should read it; Goodreads describes it as a book for reluctant readers. Enjoy!
There’s also something in there about a sycamore tree. You’ll see.
You truly never forget your first love… but that one is story for another day.
If you’ve read it, or watched the movie and loved it, do leave a ❤ in the comment section! Kisses!