Flipped

cover image for FlippedVan Draanen, W. (2001)  Flipped.  New York, NY: Alfred A. Knoff

 

Review:

 

Julianna Baker adores Bryce Loski, and has ever since he moved into her neighborhood when they were in the second grade.  Bryce can’t stand Juli, and has been trying to avoid her – often unsuccessfully – since she barged into their moving van that first day.  Can Bryce shake Juli now that they are no longer kids in elementary school?  And does he still want to?

Told in chapters that alternate between Bryce and Juli’s point of view, Flipped isn’t just a story about how the same event can look completely different when seen by different people.  It’s also a story about two tweens growing older and learning more about themselves and their families, and in the process coming to see each other in a different light.

I actually rather liked the incomplete ending and thought it worked well.  I think most tweens will be able to identify with either Juli or Bryce, if not both, and will also appreciate the themes of family, change, character, bravery, kindness, and responsibility.

Best for ages 11-14

 

Author website: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/vandraanen/

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