Summary from Goodreads:
Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.
Even if the summary says that Flipped is a romance story, I believe that it is more than just cute romance. It is actually a coming-of-age tale about how Bryce and Juli and how each of them finally came to see who the other really is.
Juli was struck by Bryce’s dizzying blue eyes. And this is what made her persistently follow Bryce all the time. I remember being pathetically “in love” with a schoolmate’s wavy hair. I like how Flipped brought a rush of nostalgia of my high school days and how puppy love and crushes meant a lot to me and my girlfriends way back then. I can even remember how we would “stalk” our crushes, and we don’t even have the Internet during that time yet! Haha. Oh, those days.
Bryce, on the other hand, pathetically tries to get out of Juli’s way, including asking another unpleasant girl out just to turn away Juli. At first instance, one might say that Bryce is a coward. Which is what he really is, but who could fault him? He is only a young boy who still has a lot to learn how it is to be a man. And having a father like Bryce dad does not exactly help at all. Good thing, his grandfather Chet is there to hammer some sense to him, but isn’t it a fact that most often we learn how to deal with things the hard way?
Flipped is told in shifting (uh, flipping?) voices of Juli and Bryce, and I must say that it is quite engaging to read how each of them view events through his or her own eyes. Juli quickly reminds me of Stargirl,— both are strong-willed and charming and smart and I love how the both of them seem to be childlike and adult at the same time in their views about life.
The lessons in Flipped aren’t exactly new but they are worth to be remembered from time to time. It tells us that we should stop looking at people and things just as they are but endeavor to look beneath the surface because it is there that we can truly say who we are and who we are not. It tells us not to be swayed by appearances alone but to give more importance to one’s character.
I like what Chet has said about character and choices:
“One’s character is set at an early age, son. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life.” He was quiet for a minute, then dropped the curtain and said, “I hate to see you swim out so far you can’t swim back.”
(a)nd the next time you’re faced with a choice, do the right thing. It hurts everyone less in the long run.”
At first, I thought the ending was so abrupt. I wanted something more to happen between these two lovable characters. But on hindsight, I believe now that it was the perfect ending for both of them. Although a sequel will probably be more than welcome?
Flipped is an easy read. It is short and sweet and full of valuable insights not only kids but also adults can learn from. Highly recommended.
My copy: ebook