Flipped – Wendelin Van Draanen


Synopsis from Goodreads.
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.



“Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss…” He turned to me. “But every once you will find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
*Eyes tree outside window*
I wonder…

High Points.
Juli. The entire Baker clan! Why don’t all YA characters have fun families?! Authors, you’re missing a trick! Bryce (eventually). Chest. Front yards. Eggs. Chickens. Basket boys. Pie. Girls with iron backbones. Tree climbing. Newspaper articles. “There’s a bee in her hair, stupid.” Paintings. The sum of all parts. Mystery Pisser. Science projects. Retractable pointers. Champ. Boys who smell of watermelons. “Proper lighting is everything”. Sycamore trees.

Low Points.
Even though I adored this book, I would have liked to have seen Bryce and Juli’s reactions be drawn out for a bit longer. This book was so short and it didn’t exactly feel rushed but I think it would have been really fun to see how both Bryce and Juli felt about each other when they were in high school.
Also, this is definitely because I’m a Brit and, after god knows how long I’ve been watching/reading American high school stories, I still have no idea about the schooling system.
Middle school? Grades? Sophomores? GRADUATION AT 18?!?!
So, with that in mind, I did get a bit confused as to how old these kids were.
But I still loved it, even if it did make me, you know, think a bit.

I wish Juli would be my best friend. We would go climbing trees and we’d do the gardening and I could watch her as she tended to the chickens while standing at a safe distance because birds make me twitchy.
And then we’d drink juice and talk about perpetual motion and science projects and then we’d turn, as one, and scowl at any dazzle-eyed boys who dared come near us.
Sure she was a little bit crazy when it comes to said dazzle-eyed boys but, well, even the best of us can get momentarily distracted by a boy who smells like watermelon.

Oh Bryce, you plonker.
My friend, in the first few chapters I just wanted to throttle you. OK, maybe not throttle you, but push you off your bike so you landed into some nettles or something.
You were so cruel and blind and, yes, you were a chicken.
“Bwark, bwark, bwark.”
But you got there in the end, didn’t you?
And you made me smile like a dopey girl, didn’t you?
But if you hurt Juli again, there’ll be more than egg on your face.

Theme Tune.
I really hate to do this to you guys, but I have to.
There’s no other way. This song was in my head before I even opened this book and then Juli goes ahead and sings it!
So yes, this is your warning.
I’m officially sounding the alarm.
The My Girl alarm.
If, like me, you cannot think of that film without sobbing like a small child then look away.

My Girl by The Temptations.

If you ignore the overwhelming flood of angst, this song is one of the sweetest songs in the entire world.


Cuteness Scale.
9/10. Oh this book was absolutely adorable! I wanted it to go on forever and ever but it ended.
There’s nothing I love more than a ‘he-said-she-said’ kind of story and first loves and girls with fluffy hair and boys with dazzling blue eyes.
And that ending?
I sighed the girliest sigh .

Recommended For.
Girls who have ever been head over heels in love with a blue-eyed boy. Boys who have ever ignored a girl because she has puffy hair and sniffs them when they think they won’t notice. People who like to look at the bigger picture. People who like to barge and shove and wedge themselves into people’s lives. People who see huge trees and have to resist the urge to climb them. People who would like to bid on the chance to have lunch with a boy who watches Bogart films. People who accept they’re the kind of person who would get a bee stuck in their barnett.

5 thoughts on “Flipped – Wendelin Van Draanen

  1. Well I'm an American and I don't know how the British school system works XD. In the american school system a grade is a year. So your first year of school is first grade, which you start when your 6 or 7 i believe. Middle school is 6th to 8th grade,so about ages 10-11 to 13-14. Then high school is 9th through 12th grade so about ages 14-15 to about 17-18. Also in high school, your first year your a freshman, your second year your a sophmore, your third year your a junior, and your fourth and final year your a senior. So 9th grade = Freshman, etc. Hope I helped :) This book sounds cute by the way. *Adds to to-read shelf because goodreads is incredibly convenient. :)

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