Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped

Flipped

Julianna Baker was seven years old when she saw Bryce Loski for the first ime. She flipped and he ran. Juli followed him everywhere and Bryce avoids her at all cost. Until that faithful day in eighth grade where Juli finally realized that Bryce wasn’t perfect. Could Bryce turn himself around before Juli’s forever lost to him? Would Juli give him another chance?

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

Flipped is one of the best coming-of-age stories I’ve ever read. Despite reading this book years too late, I could still feel the pull of emotions and struggles from these young souls. It was heartwarming to see Juli and Bryce change how they view life. They were able to outgrow the naiveté of how safe and perfect the world is. This is not just a story first love but of family and friendship.

I admired how Juli fought for the things she believed in, may it be for love or otherwise. She was so sweet and innocent that it was so heartbreaking for her illusion of good to be broken. I know she needed that to survive but it hurt nonetheless. I was so frustrated with Bryce for not seeing what’s in front of him all these years. He brought so much hurt and I just want to smack him in the head to get him in line. Boys, boys will always be boys.

Read: January 19, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

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