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byWendelin Van Draanen

Paperback | May 13, 2003

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Celebrating 15 years of Flipped—a classic he-said-she-said romantic comedy!  This updated anniversary edition offers story-behind-the-story revelations from author Wendelin Van Draanen.
The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. Juli says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down: just as Bryce is thinking that there’s maybe more to Juli than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.
This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny voices.

The updated anniversary edition contains 32 pages of extra backmatter:  essays from Wendelin Van Draanen on her sources of inspiration, on the making of the movie of Flipped, on why she’ll never write a sequel, and a selection of the amazing fan mail she’s received.
Awards and accolades for Flipped:
SLJ Top 100 Children’s Novels of all time
IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
IRA Teacher’s Choice
Honor winner, Judy Lopez Memorial Award/WNBA
Winner of the California Young Reader Medal
“We flipped over this fantastic book, its gutsy girl Juli and its wise, wonderful ending.” — The Chicago Tribune
“Van Draanen has another winner in this eighth-grade ‘he-said, she-said’ romance. A fast, funny, egg-cellent winner.” — SLJ, Starred review
“With a charismatic leading lady kids will flip over, a compelling dynamic between the two narrators and a resonant ending, this novel is a great deal larger than the sum of its parts.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred review
WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a classroom teacher for many years before becoming a full time writer. Her books include the Sammy Keyes mystery series, the Shredderman quartet, and the Gecko and Sticky quartet, as well as stand-out stand-alone titles: Swear to Howdy, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, The Running Dream, and The Secret ...
Title:FlippedFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 13, 2003Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375825444

ISBN - 13:9780375825446

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from so so good! I reallt liked the book and the movie too. Definitely read this and then watch the movie. The charcters are very lovable. The only annoying part of this book is when the two characters are together and the perspective changes so you're basically reading the same thing twice.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet A sweet and relateable young love story with an awesome plot
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable Such a real and cute story perfect for pre-teens in the way that it approaches romance and narrates the story. A very good, easier read that is adorable.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relateable! This book was my obsession when I was 12! Its cute and quirky and very real with relatable characters in real-life romantic situations. Great!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flipped A very cute little book. Heartwarming.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too cute Loved reading this as a teenager.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Instant Favourite Simple, truthful and beautifully written. I have nothing bad to say about this book.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really liked this book. The book was a lot better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read I read this book many years ago in school and re-read it just for fun. Worth it!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cute book for tweens Loved this book - it was adorable and definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I usually cry during sad books but this book made my cry FIVE TIMES! Juli Baker is such an innocent and kind girl, really mature for her age. She was the perfect protagonist for this story. It is quite an easy read; I finished it in a couple of hours but the meaning behind this book is forever.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Childhood Favourite I read this as a child and absolutely loved it. 100% recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel!! I read this book in elementary school and fell in love with the story line and its characters. i recommend this book for all because it teaches you about young love and friendship.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! My favourite movie of all time! I watched the movie first, before deciding to buy the book. Finished it in 2 hours!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Sweet! This book was adorable! I started reading it and couldn't put it down! What Juli does for Bryce is just so sweet and I loved the part where he planted the syncamore tree for Juli. These two charaters finally find love for each other, but there are bumps in the road that keep them away from each other. I liked how the auhtor didn't fully conclude the story because it then gives the reader a chance to come up with their own conclusions. I highly recommend this to everyone.
Date published: 2010-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This has been one of my favourite books since 6th grade and since then I have read it every year . The book teaches you about first impressions and young love. Everyone will enjoy it.
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless I read it in the fourth grade and I completely loved it. I read it again not too long ago, just to see if the excitement I first went through the story with was still there. It was. Flipped completely brings out the immature, 'cootie-ridden' kids we all remember, the infamous first crush where you just can't stop thinking about how blue his eyes are or (this didn't happen to me) the fuzz on his ears. It's an amusing, cute, loveable story about first love, first mistakes, and ultimately changing and growing up.
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! The book was awesome! I loved how true it was regarding falling in love! It made me laugh, cry and smile...One of the best books!
Date published: 2009-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Touching As the title says, this is one of the most touching books I have ever read. This book brought me smiles, laughter, tears, and made me reflect on my own life. This book is written in two points of views, which makes it very interesting as you get to see both sides of the story. I highly recommend it to everyone, not just kids.
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a Must Read! I ordered this book online and when it got here I started to read it, I couldnt put it down! I read the whole thing in under two hours. It was sooo great. Its witty and funny and brilliantly written. I wish there was a sequal because I really want to know if Bryce and Juli end up together, Im going to assume that they do lol. I would recommend this book to anybody.
Date published: 2008-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A favourite I read this book when I was in 7th grade & I loved it. One of my favourites. I don't exactly remember all of it, seeing as I read it awhile ago. But I just remember it being really funny and sweet.
Date published: 2008-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i think i'm in love...with the book of course this book is amazing, i dont know how my life was before this book because the moment i knew it was going to end, the moment i flipped to the second last page, the moment i read those sentences that made the story what it is, i almost didn't want to read the sentences just so i could keep the book longer, knowing that i would have to finish it. it's a great read and your life isn't complete without it.
Date published: 2007-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fanta-bulous This is just about the best romantic comedy book I have ever read. The two people perspective is amazing, and let you see Juli and Bryce's individual view. What I really liked was how the book implied that appearance isn't everything and you should see beyond it. This is a really touching story. I'm surprised this isn't a movie yet, it's the perfect story-movie.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely You just want to read it again and again! I know I did. The unique characters and the stylle of writing was great.
Date published: 2006-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Amazing. This book made me never want to read another ever again. It's so adorable. :D
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! Wow,when I saw the cover i was like nahh.....then my friend Nicole Z. did a book report on it and it sounded great....now I look for it everywhere!!! Great book Van Draanen!!
Date published: 2005-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *+*Luuuvin it!*+* I toatly loved this book! it was the best ever! you should read it! bryce seemed cute and julianna seemed sweet!
Date published: 2005-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Betss Book Ever I wish this book will never end becuz this story is soo sweet and romantic it just seems it cna be real that that will actually happen to sum1 omg .... my all time favourite book forever !!! its sooo sweet and from the dicroption about bryce that juli say he must be hot and juli shes soo sweet i wished there was never a end to this book and htere should be a movie .... for sure!!!!
Date published: 2005-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omfgz Wow. I have to admit that I didn't expect much from this book, but once I started reading it, I really became excited. I loved reading Juli's side && how she described Bryce in a way that you almost could find Bryce loveable. Of course, after all the things, you can understand why Juli was mad && why Bryce would be sorry. omg, this book is so wonderful. I was so sad with the way it ended, I wanted it to go on forever. It should me made into a movie, I seriously support that idea.
Date published: 2005-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I flipped for it! I thought this book was amazing! I thought the plot was adorable and i hope they make a sequel! I great teen novel!
Date published: 2005-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i fell in love with the character! Wonderful teen novel! Each of the characters had their own state of mind. Julianna as had such a strong character, and don't even mention Bryce Loski...he's sooooooo lovable!
Date published: 2005-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COOL! The best book ever man. Great romance. I think they should make a movie out of this!!
Date published: 2003-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! Flipped totally rocked!! I loved how you see bryce and juli's point of view, i didn't want it to end!!
Date published: 2003-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flipped I loved this book. I liked the way it shows the perspective of both people. The story is very sweet and touching
Date published: 2003-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You must read this! This is a GREAT book. I saw it in a magazine and thought it looked good so I went out and got it And it was one of the beast books I have ever read.
Date published: 2003-06-22

Read from the Book

Diving UnderAll I've ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone For her to back off-you know, just give me some space.It all started the summer before second grade when our moving van pulled into her neighborhood. And since we're now about done with the eighth grade, that, my friend, makes more than half a decade of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.She didn't just barge into my life. She barged and shoved and wedged her way into my life. Did we invite her to get into our moving van and start climbing all over boxes? No! But that's exactly what she did, taking over and showing off like only Juli Baker can.My dad tried to stop her. "Hey!" he says as she's catapulting herself on board. "What are you doing? You're getting mud everywhere!" So true, too. Her shoes were, like, caked with the stuff.She didn't hop out, though. Instead, she planted her rear end on the floor and started pushing a big box with her feet. "Don't you want some help?" She glanced my Way. "It sure looks like you need it."I didn't like the implication. And even though my dad had been tossing me the same sort of look all week, I could tell-he didn't like this girl either. "Hey! Don't dothat," he warned her. "There are some really valuable things in that box.""Oh. Well, how about this one?" She scoots over to a box labeled LENox and looks my way again. "We should push it together!""No, no, no!" my dad says, then pulls her up by the arm. "Why don't you run along home? Your mother's probably wondering where you are."This was the beginning of my soon-to-become-acute awareness that the girl cannot take a hint. Of any kind. Does she zip on home like a kid should when they've been invited to leave No. She says, "Oh, my mom knows where I am. She said it was fine." Then she points across the street and says, "We just live right over there."My father looks to where she's pointing and mutters "Oh boy." Then he looks at me and winks as he says, "Bryce, isn't it time for you to go inside and help your mother?"I knew right off that this was a ditch play. And I didn't think about it until later, but ditch wasn't a play I'd run with my dad before. Face it, pulling a ditch is not something discussed with dads. It's like, against parental law to tell your kid it's okay to ditch someone, no matter how annoying or muddy they might be.But there he was, putting the play in motion, and man, he didn't have to wink twice. I smiled and said, "Sure thing!" then jumped off the liftgate and headed for my new front door.I heard her coming after me but I couldn't believe it. Maybe it just sounded like she was chasing me; maybe she was really going the other way. But before I got up the nerve to look, she blasted right past me, grabbing my arm and yanking me along.This was too much. I planted myself and was about to tell her to get lost when the weirdest thing happened. I was making this big windmill motion to break away from her, but somehow on the downswing my hand wound up tangling into hers. I couldn't believe it. There I was, holding the mud monkey's hand!I tried to shake her off, but she just clamped on tight and yanked me along, saying, "C'mon!"My mom came out of the house and immediately got the world's sappiest look on her face. "Well, hello," she says to Juli.Hi!"I'm still trying to pull free, but the girl's got me in a death grip. My mom's grinning, looking at our hands and my fiery red face. "And what's your name, honey?""Julianna Baker. I live right over there," she says, pointing with her unoccupied hand."Well, I see you've met my son," she says, still grinning away."Uh-huh!"Finally I break free and do the only manly thing available when you're seven years old-I dive behind my mother.Mom puts her arm around me and says, "Bryce, honey, why don't you show Julianna around the house?"I flash her help and warning signals with every part of my body, but she's not receiving. Then she shakes me off and says, "Go on."Juli would've tramped right in if my mother hadn't noticed her shoes and told her to take them off. And after those were off, my mom told her that her dirty socks had to go, too. Juli wasn't embarrassed. Not a bit. She just peeled them off and left them in a crusty heap on our porch.I didn't exactly give her a tour. I locked myself in the bathroom instead. And after about ten minutes of yelling back at her that no, I wasn't coming out anytime soon, things got quiet out in the hall. Another ten minutes went by before I got the nerve to peek out the door.

Editorial Reviews

“Van Draanen has another winner in this eighth-grade ‘he-said, she-said’ romance.” –School Library Journal, Starred review “We flipped over this fantastic book.” –The Chicago Tribune“Delightful! Delicious! And totally teen.” -- BookPage   “With a charismatic leading lady kids will flip over, a compelling dynamic betweenthe two narrators and a resonant ending, this novel is a great deal larger than the sum of its parts.” -- Publishers Weekly, Starred review