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ISBN13: 9780375825446
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Diving Under

All I've ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone For her to back off-you know, just give me some space.

It all started the summer before second grade when our moving van pulled into her neighborhood. And since we're now about done with the eighth grade, that, my friend, makes more than half a decade of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.

She didn't just barge into my life. She barged and shoved and wedged her way into my life. Did we invite her to get into our moving van and start climbing all over boxes? No! But that's exactly what she did, taking over and showing off like only Juli Baker can.

My dad tried to stop her. "Hey!" he says as she's catapulting herself on board. "What are you doing? You're getting mud everywhere!" So true, too. Her shoes were, like, caked with the stuff.

She didn't hop out, though. Instead, she planted her rear end on the floor and started pushing a big box with her feet. "Don't you want some help?" She glanced my Way. "It sure looks like you need it."

I didn't like the implication. And even though my dad had been tossing me the same sort of look all week, I could tell-he didn't like this girl either. "Hey! Don't do

that," he warned her. "There are some really valuable things in that box."

"Oh. Well, how about this one?" She scoots over to a box labeled LENox and looks my way again. "We should push it together!"

"No, no, no!" my dad says, then pulls her up by the arm. "Why don't you run along home? Your mother's probably wondering where you are."

This was the beginning of my soon-to-become-acute awareness that the girl cannot take a hint. Of any kind. Does she zip on home like a kid should when they've been invited to leave No. She says, "Oh, my mom knows where I am. She said it was fine." Then she points across the street and says, "We just live right over there."

My father looks to where she's pointing and mutters "Oh boy." Then he looks at me and winks as he says, "Bryce, isn't it time for you to go inside and help your mother?"

I knew right off that this was a ditch play. And I didn't think about it until later, but ditch wasn't a play I'd run with my dad before. Face it, pulling a ditch is not something discussed with dads. It's like, against parental law to tell your kid it's okay to ditch someone, no matter how annoying or muddy they might be.

But there he was, putting the play in motion, and man, he didn't have to wink twice. I smiled and said, "Sure thing!" then jumped off the liftgate and headed for my new front door.

I heard her coming after me but I couldn't believe it. Maybe it just sounded like she was chasing me; maybe she was really going the other way. But before I got up the nerve to look, she blasted right past me, grabbing my arm and yanking me along.

This was too much. I planted myself and was about to tell her to get lost when the weirdest thing happened. I was making this big windmill motion to break away from her, but somehow on the downswing my hand wound up tangling into hers. I couldn't believe it. There I was, holding the mud monkey's hand!

I tried to shake her off, but she just clamped on tight and yanked me along, saying, "C'mon!"

My mom came out of the house and immediately got the world's sappiest look on her face. "Well, hello," she says to Juli.

Hi!"

I'm still trying to pull free, but the girl's got me in a death grip. My mom's grinning, looking at our hands and my fiery red face. "And what's your name, honey?"

"Julianna Baker. I live right over there," she says, pointing with her unoccupied hand.

"Well, I see you've met my son," she says, still grinning away.

"Uh-huh!"

Finally I break free and do the only manly thing available when you're seven years old-I dive behind my mother.

Mom puts her arm around me and says, "Bryce, honey, why don't you show Julianna around the house?"

I flash her help and warning signals with every part of my body, but she's not receiving. Then she shakes me off and says, "Go on."

Juli would've tramped right in if my mother hadn't noticed her shoes and told her to take them off. And after those were off, my mom told her that her dirty socks had to go, too. Juli wasn't embarrassed. Not a bit. She just peeled them off and left them in a crusty heap on our porch.

I didn't exactly give her a tour. I locked myself in the bathroom instead. And after about ten minutes of yelling back at her that no, I wasn't coming out anytime soon, things got quiet out in the hall. Another ten minutes went by before I got the nerve to peek out the door.

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betsymunoz1010, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by betsymunoz1010)
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a good laugh. It reminds you of when you were a child and this book entertains you the whole time. I enjoyed this book and I hope others do too.
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emmejo, August 18, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
At age 7, Bryce met Julianna. For years now she has loved him, meanwhile he can't stand her. She wants to be friends (and maybe more), he just wants her to GO AWAY! Come 8th grade, as Bryce's attempts to chase her off finally seem to be working, he starts to wonder if maybe she isn't that bad-maybe her even likes her a bit. But at this point Julianna's had it with his attitude and trying so hard to get him to like her- maybe she's just going to walk away.

I only found this book mildly entertaining. I really didn't think much of Bryce, and I found his behavior very childish most of the time (more so than seemed realistic for his age.) Julianna was a Mary Sue, the kind of perfect (yet out-there) girl that every tween girl thinks is cool and wonderful and wants to be. Yet she felt really flat and personality-less, like she was just a cardboard template for tween girls to put themselves into so they can imagine being her. (Face it, this book is not meant to be sold to guys!)

The concept is sound, and the writing is alright for teen chick-lit. It's just the lack of any interesting characters that made it frustrating. Every character in the book is a huge cliche.
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nguyen.amye, June 8, 2010 (view all comments by nguyen.amye)
The book Flipped is full of happiness, sadness, drama, comedy, and romance all in one! This book is definitely a book you won't be able to put down once you start reading it.
This book is very well-written, in a way that not very many books have. The author, Wendelin Van Draanen, used writing that shows you a view from both of the main character's perspective. Which makes this book much more exciting and easy to understand.
Flipped is about two young people who finds their "true love" in the most unusual way. It is about a young girl named Julianna and a young boy named Bryce. Julianna has a new neighbor who just moved in. Bryce is her new neighbor, whom she starts to like. Bryce has been her crush for many years now ever since she met him. But her feelings for him has been going on and off. Now Bryce on the other hand, thinks Julianna is annoying and weird, and starts to shun her. But Bryce's opinion off Julianna is also on and off.
I recommend this book to any age group since I think it would be very entertaining to anyone. Both boys and girls, both adults and children. There are many extreme cliff-hangers that makes you want to keep reading more and more.
Flipped is honestly the best book I have ever read. The title "Flipped" is not an exaggeration. It is literally FLIPPED!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375825446
Author:
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Publisher:
Ember
Author:
Draanen, Wendelin Van
Location:
New York
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Romance
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
fiction;romance;realistic fiction;friendship;young adult;relationships;ya;love;middle school;humor;family;chickens;teen;coming of age;crushes;growing up;point of view;friends;family life;realistic;neighbors;contemporary;funny;girl;children s;crush;teenage
Subject:
fiction;romance;realistic fiction;friendship;young adult;relationships;ya;love;middle school;humor;family;chickens;teen;coming of age;crushes;growing up;point of view;friends;family life;realistic;neighbors;contemporary;funny;girl;children s;crush;teenage
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Knopf trade paperback ed.
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.95x5.24x.49 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 224 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375825446 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Two distinct, thoroughly likable voices emerge in Van Draanen's enticing story....With a charismatic leading lady kids will flip over, a compelling dynamic between the two narrators and a resonant ending, this novel is a great deal larger than the sum of its parts."
"Synopsis" by , This acclaimed School Library Journal Best Book is now in trade paperback. This classic romantic comedy of errors is told in alternating chapters from two funny, quirky points of view from two teens who are each in transition.
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