Thursday, February 23, 2012

Justine's Thoughts: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

By Wendelin Van Draanen
Source: Won
Book Description:
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.

A quote:
"To by held above the earth and be brushed by the wind," she said, "it's like your heart has been kissed by beauty." 

Expectations: I didn’t exactly know what I was going into. I just heard there was some good talk about this novel. I had no idea it was going to be about a younger set of people. With a bit of high expectations, I was disappointed that I didn’t love it.

About Setting: The setting is a neighbourly area. Julianna and Bryce have lived across from each other for a long time. It also takes place in the school, where Julianna would sometimes bother Bryce. Those were fun scenes that I enjoyed and perhaps giggled at.

About Characters: Bryce and Julianna are both fun characters. Julianna is a girl with so much energy inside her some people would find annoying, like Bryce. It’s what he thinks of her: a crazy girl who would not stop following him around. Eventually, you get to see within her and really start to see her for who she is while on the other hand, Bryce is focused on fitting in and on appearances. It is easy to love the characters, as well as the minor ones, but Bryce was just a little annoying to me. Nevertheless, all characters were well developed and real.

About Plot: It’s told in alternating chapters, giving a peek of life through Bryce’s and Julianna’s eyes. There are meaningful messages that should be noted, such as appearances, friendship and family matters. The whole plot is charming, funny, and sensitive and the writing was simply good.

Overall Rating: Y Y Y
It’s suggested to view this book in the young-teen level. I enjoyed the novel overall, however, hence the three out of five rating. I just didn’t like it very much, which I am very sad about.

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