Book to Film: Flipped by Wenddelin Van Draanen

Julianna "Juli" Baker met Bryce Loski when they were seven. His family just moved into the neighborhood and being the good neighbor that she is, went to help. One look at his beautiful blue eyes and she knew she was a goner.

Bryce met Juli when they were seven. Or more like she barged into his life and never left him alone since then. First time he saw her, Bryce knew she was dangerous. Unavoidably dangerous.

Flipped is a young adult novel written by Wenddelin Van Draanen. The novel was written alternately between Juli and Bryce's viewpoints. The way it was written made it more interesting - knowing both sides of the story is so fun. As they start seeing beyond the misconceptions they have of each other, they learn (and teach us) about the worth of a person and being true to oneself.

The characters are really easy to love. Juli Baker (portrayed by Madeline Carroll in the adaptation) is an strong-willed, tree-climbing girl who is in love with Bryce. And really - who can't relate to her crushing on a cute boy in elementary?

Bryce (played by Callan McAuliffe) would seem like a jerk in the beginning, but only because he doesn't really want anything to do with Juli and so he does everything in order to avoid her. I did find myself sympathizing with him as he comes on terms with his feelings for Juli.

I also loved the Bakers family - the love that they have for each other was just really heartwarming. I especially loved Juli's relationship with her father.

The only problem I had with the book was it was too short. I watched the movie first and when I was able to find the book, I was sad that there were only around 200 pages and wanted more.

I also really liked the movie, it had a nostalgic feel to it. It was simple and heartwarming, a sweet story of first love. The movie was engaging and the actors were really good - I remember crying when I first watched this movie.

I would definitely recommend the book and the movie to the young people and the young at heart.

Title: Flipped
Author: Wenddelin Van Draanen
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 2001
Publisher: Random House
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ (4 cups)

Movie Title: Flipped

Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Callan McAuliffe, Madeline Carroll, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney
Release Date: 2010
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ (4 cups)