Audrey Reviews FLIPPED by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped, a middle school book by Wendelin Van Draanen, earns a generous six out of ten stars from me. Main characters Bryce and Juli are eighth graders who have known each other for years. Bryce thinks Juli is obsessed with him, and she is a little obsessed. However, once Juli finds out that perfect Bryce isn’t so perfect, their roles reverse. Bryce comes from a very difficult family. His father is very insulting and jumps to conclusions without knowing the whole story. Juli\’s family, on the other hand, is kind and creative. The contrast between the families and the character development make for an interesting story, but the ending is just disappointing. There were also parts of the book that were just unnecessary, but they were better than some major plot points.

I would recommend this book for 5th and 6th graders. It wasn\’t terrible, but it was very mediocre. There is also a movie based on this book, but it is set in the 1950\’s instead of present day. Otherwise, the movie did follow the book pretty closely and wasn\’t a bad adaptation.


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