01 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

My daughter and I chose this book to read for our little private “book club”. She’s 10-years-old and loves to read so we both read a book at the same time and then go out to breakfast on a Saturday and talk about it. It’s a great way to connect with her on a different level and I try to steer us towards books with a good message, or that will foster a good discussion or that are just plain fun. This fulfilled all three of those requirements.

I’m not going to rehash the plot, you can read the description yourself, but it really is a sweet little story with characters with so much depth. The writing of the characters is just amazing. They worm their way into your heart and soul and jump off of the page. You can’t help but fall in love with the entire lot of them. From the moment the two kids meet on moving day until the very last page turns, I was captivated.

Yes, the writing is good… but the message is also one that really fostered some amazing discussions. We talked about relationships in general, love, feelings, bullying, families, differences and so very much more. We ended up spending over two hours at breakfast just talking about things that this book brought up. It was a really great opportunity to connect with her.

Read this book. Read it with your child. Discuss it.

As an aside, we also watched the movie and I’ve never seen her SO ENRAGED that a few key scenes were left out *laughing*

Recommended for all readers – really.

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. She 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. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her 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 new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2013: 24

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