Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

When I heard that this book was being turned into a movie [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817177/], I thought it would probably be a good idea to read the book ahead of time.  After all, I prefer to get the whole story instead of what could be crammed into a movie — OR what the studio executives decided to change so they might sell more tickets.

I found it somewhat hard to believe that they actually decided to turn this book into a movie.  Don’t get me wrong…  I really liked it!  It’s just that this is not some crazy action/adventure story or a supernatural thriller.  It’s not a strictly comedic read, but it’s not about anything cutting-edge and “gritty” either.  Flipped is kind of quaint and speaks a lot of simple truths about life and growing up.  Honesty, friendship, and being true to yourself are definitely themes that many teens can relate to — regardless of whether or not they see their own lives reflected in the characters — but most movie studios don’t flock to movies about personal growth unless there are some epic battles or major hi-jinks along the way.

I really appreciated how this story made the statement, “It’s OK to admit you were wrong and to stop caring what other people think.”  But, more than that, I liked the fact that we got to hear the events unfold from the perspectives of both Bryce and Julianna — so we could understand what they were both thinking and understand how it is that a friendship can evolve over time.

Happy Reading!


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