Synopses & Reviews
The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.
This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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.
About the Author
Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen
’s life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories.
Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children.
Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen’s greatest reward for writing. “One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn’t get any better than that,” she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny—that individuality is a strength, and that where there’s a will, there’s most certainly a way.
Wendelin Van Draanen is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery Book for Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief and lives with her husband and two sons in California.
From the Hardcover edition.
Reading Group Guide
Julianna Baker flipped over Bryce Loski the first day he moved into
the neighborhood in second grade, and now that they are in junior
high, she's beginning to see him for who he truly is. Juli notices
something different about Bryce the day she discovers him throwing
away the eggs she has been giving his family for free every week
for the past year. And on that same day, Bryce begins to see something
more than the muddy-shoed, pesky little girl next door.
Written in a humorous and light style with chapters switching between
the two main characters' points of view, this story will grab the
reader and keep them turning the pages right to the very end. Although
love plays its part in Flipped, the book is filled with twists
and turns and is not a typical summer romance novel.
to think about and discuss:
1. Throughout the story Bryce and Juli have different points of
view for the same events. What does this say about their different
personalities, and how would you describe each of them? Why do you
think two people who experience the same thing can have such different
2. Juli decides to stay up in the sycamore tree when the men come
to cut it down. Discuss a time when you stood up for something you
3. Bryce's grandfather, Chet, helps Juli with her yard work and
soon becomes her friend. Why do you think they are able to form
such a strong friendship? Why doesn't Bryce have the same kind of
relationship with his grandfather?
4. Juli's dad has been taking care of Uncle David since before
Juli was born. Paying for the care facility where Uncle David lives
is a financial burden for Juli's family, yet her father continues
to keep him at Greenhaven. Think about what this decision tells
us about Juli's father's personality. Do you think Bryce's father
would act the same way?
5. Bryce hides the newspaper article that his grandfather tells
him to read about Juli and the sycamore tree. Later, when Bryce
finally decides to look at the article, he sees Juli in a new light
and hides the article for a different reason. What do you think
happens to Bryce when he reads the article that makes him feel so
differently about Juli?
Muse Notes by Julina
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