Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is a story told from two points of view. The first character is Bryce, a boy struggling to understand who he really is, all the while avoiding this crazy neighbor who keeps bothering him. The neighbor; Julianna, is the second voice. Juli is full of spunk, and is not afraid to reach for what she wants. The stories retell events that happen from a different perspective leaving the reader to see the one event quite differently depending on the version they are reading.
This is a touching story of friendships, frienemies, and family. I listened to this book in the car on the way to work. Once I even got busted by a passing car for yelling at Bryce for making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. Spoiler… have tissue for the ending. I pulled up to school one day right as the book was ending and had to sit in my car until I could pull it together. Not sad, just very touching.
Quote from the book that contains a fact I wish I’d learned earlier in life. Mr. Baker (Juli’s dad) is a wealth of info. He tells Juli, “The whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.” How many people/things do you know that fit into this category?
Recommended Ages: Grades 7 and up
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Overall Opinion: Recommended
Source: Audio Book