Book Review: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Rating: StarStarStar


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.

***** ***** *****

Turn down a chance to feel magic for fear of a little dirt? I couldn’t believe it.

What the H is that ending?!?!?! 

Please, please tell me this book has a sequel (but i know there’s none)! or else… I will climb the nearest sycamore tree, call for my peers with me and stage a revolt! Just like Juli did. Really now, the ending left me hanging with a bitter taste in my mouth. Blech.

 All I’ve ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone.

 I was not keen on this type of genre but that first line pushed me to go through this book. Surely this is hilarious. And on numerous parts, it was.

 “seriously, son. I want you to get us an answer. Conquer your fear and get us an answer.”

“to whether or not they have a rooster?”

 And Bryce is usually the originator of such nasty humor.

 I could not see Juli coated in powder. Okay, maybe GUN powder, but the white perfumy stuff? Forget it.

 Juli simply went ‘love-at-first-sight’ with Bryce when she was seven. Bryce, naturally at that age, gets all yucky when it comes to girls. All those times until eighth grade, Juli liked Bryce and Bryce avoided Juli. Eventually, Juli saw what Bryce was not while Bryce sees what Juli truly is.

 I was bored at first. Laughed here and there. But as the story progresses, what I thought was a shallow read turned out to be a wake-up-call experience.

 The hot-cold relationship between Bryce and his grandfather.

The reason behind Juli’s family austere life.

The notion that well-off family are happy family.

 The alternate POVs between Bryce and Juli mostly irritated me. But I have to say I love Bryce’s side more during the last few chapters. I didn’t know he had it in him. The desire to change and do what is right. you know, during the course of my reading, I’ve labeled Bryce as a wimp. A blue-eyed, black-haired handsome wimp. Boy, did he turned himself around. CHANGE. It literally bit him into action. And wow, his falling in love was worth the wait.

 I pull her away from the table, but there’s no place to go. And I’ve got her hand in mine, and I just can’t THINK. So I stop right there in the middle of the room and look at her. At that FACE. I want to touch her cheeck and see what it feels like. I want to touch her hair, it looks so incredibly soft.

 Juli. Only once was she referred as beautiful. I only know she has brown hair. But what about her eyes? Was she short? Long-legged? Her physical description was scarce. It was difficult for me to picture her. But I liked her spirit. Her ability to see past the appearance (with Bryce’s exception). Her determination to make the most of what she have. and don’t forget her long, unrequited like( or was it love already?) to Bryce.

 It was an easy read. Sometimes funny. Sometimes realistic. And a few times, giggle-worthy. 🙂

 You can’t dwell on what might’ve been, Bryce. And it’s not fair to condemn him for something he hasn’t done.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”