Monday, August 30, 2010
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Bryce wasn't real happy that they were moving, but he was trying to be brave about it. And then he gets attacked by the girl next door before he's even out of the back of the moving truck...
Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). There is now a movie out based on this novel.
Bryce and Juli are both seven. He's got the most beautiful blue eyes she's ever seen and she develops a terrible crush on him. He's not interested in girls and certainly not the one that lives right across the street.
This story is written from each child's point-of-view and that makes it read very well and gives you good insight into why each one feels the way they do.
Ms. Van Draanen also demonstrates how one's family influences how a child looks at life and at people. And when the two families get together, both Bryce and Juli realize that maybe what they thought about the families before their shared dinner wasn't true...
This book was written for ages 10-14 and is a very good introduction to developing relationships for young ones. It's not all black and white, there's always some gray there, too.
This book is currently available at you local bookstore. Young love coming of age is a good read for all.