Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
This is a very cute book that I would recommend for those who do not like the fast paced sci-fi thrillers and just like real-life sort of things. This was a very short, quick read, so if you need to do a last minute book report on Monday and you haven't read anything yet, pick up a copy of Flipped at the library and start reading.
This book is told from two POVs, one from Juli Baker and one from Bryce Loski. When Bryce was six years old, the Bakers moved in next door, and his life would never be the same. The moment Juli Baker saw him, her heart beat faster in her chest and she fell hopelessly in love with him. His eyes just seemed to look right inside her. One thing Juli Baker knew is that she was going to make Bryce love her back. Meanwhile, he has been trying to avoid her ever since.
“Juli always tried to stand beside me, or talk to me, or in some other way mortify me.”
Bryce Loski definitely does not want anything to do with Juli Baker. Ever since they held hands when they were six years old, she has never given him a break. In second grade, she chased him around the playground trying to kiss him, and in sixth grade she would lean forward and smell his hair. What kind of crazy wacko does that? No sir, Bryce does not want anything to do with that girl.
“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.”
Juli Baker is in fact different, but I personally loved her character. She raises her own chickens and collects the eggs. Also, there is one point in the story where we find out that she has had an obsession with a sycamore tree at the end of the street. When some workers try and cut it down so they can build a house there, she refuses to move out of the tree. She has a lot of spirit that makes the book come alive.
In conclusion, with sycamore trees, science projects, propetual motion and a pinch of a love story, this book was absolutely adorable and whoever loves romances and blue-eyed boys and stories of falling in love will definitely "fall in love" with this book.