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Author Wendelin Van Draanen
Original title Flipped
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre(s) Young Adult
Romance novel
Realistic Fiction
Publisher Random House
Publication date October 1, 2001
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 212 pages
ISBN 0-439-64998-6
OCLC Number 54473063

Flipped (2001) is a young adult novel by Wendelin Van Draanen. It is a stand-alone teen romance in a he-said she-said style with the two protagonists alternately presenting their perspective on a shared set of events. In the beginning, Julianna falls for Bryce, or more accurately, for his blue eyes... Naturally, being 7, Bryce has no interest. However, as the novel progresses, both children grow up, and their emotions change drastically.


Plot summary

Bryce Loski has a very different first impression of Juli. She's an annoying, know-it-all kid with muddy shoes and a bad habit of hanging around. From the very first moment he sees her climbing over the boxes in the moving van, “helping” and leaving tracks of muddy footprints all over, he knows this girl is bad news. It gets even worse when his mom sees Juli holding his hand and thinks it's all very cute. To get away from Juli he spends his first week inside, watching TV.

Over the years, Juli and Bryce continue to bump into each other, and as Juli falls madly in love with him, she gets even more annoying. In grades 2-4 she keeps following him around. In grade 5, Bryce tries doing something about it and asks Juli's enemy Shelly out. In the end, it crashes down around his ears when the two girls get in a catfight with each other. In grade 6, he starts junior high, and feels relieved. Bryce thinks that in a huge school, there will be less of a chance of meeting Juli. However, she chooses to sit next to him in spelling class. Bryce feels that he wants to be nice to her. After all, during tests she whispers the answers in his ear and you just can't ignore someone that's keeping you from failing spelling.

Bryce goes to the bus stop every morning and gets on the bus. Juli climbs up a sycamore tree every morning and then gets on the bus. One day, while Juli climbs up the tree as usual and when Bryce wakes up, he sees trucks arriving and men getting out with axes and chain-saws. They are there to cut down the tree because they need more space for the lot underneath it. She tells Bryce to come up there with her and maybe they won't cut down the tree, but he says no. When the bus pulls up and the workers ask Juli to get down, she refuses. The bus pulls away, but Juli stays in the tree. She stays there all day until her Dad arrives. After much fuss, she gets down and the workers cut down the tree. When Bryce gets home he thinks that nothing is wrong, but Juli's heart was broken.

Then, Juli catches Bryce throwing away the eggs she's been giving him every week for free (from her pet chickens) for the past two years. Bryce then tells Juli that he will not eat the eggs because her backyard (where the chickens live) is filthy (for the risk of poisoning from salmonella). Juli tells Bryce that she could have sold the eggs she gave him, and Bryce feels like a jerk. Juli begins cleaning her whole yard front and back as a project. With the help of Chet (Bryce's grandfather) she's able to clean the whole yard and begins to realize that she doesn't know Bryce at all. All these years, she's never even had a real conversation with him. Now she thinks he's not worth it.

One Sunday morning, Juli and her father go to visit Uncle David, Robert's(Juli's Father) mentally disabled brother. Juli told Chet who told the Loski family. Then Rick (Bryce's father), makes a crack about the Bakers. This makes Patsy (Bryce's Mother)angry at him. Bryce told his friend Garrett about David, and when Garrett made a joke about David,this made Bryce angry, but he felt he couldn't act out on his anger for the fact that they were in the library, so all he could do was let out a faint chuckle, but he didn't know that Juli was listening.

The Loskis decide to invite Juli and her family over for dinner. Juli ignores Bryce, which makes Bryce feel very uncomfortable. Before the dinner she lets him know that she heard Bryce at the library. He tells the truth and blames his actions on Garrett. This makes Juli angrier with him. Chet tells the Loski family about why David is mentally disabled: he had his umbilical cord wrapped around his throat twice at birth, and the doctors couldn't fix it fast enough. Bryce learns that the same thing happened to him, except the doctors at his birth got to it in time.

Now, Bryce is in love with Juli after a "stupid" event called the Basket boys auction-off. He gets a date with the two hottest girls in the school, when he noticed her for real for the first time. He had never noticed how her eyes sparkle, or how smart she is. Maybe there is something special about Juli, but she's not falling for him.

When Bryce is chosen as a ‘basket boy’, a boy whose lunch is auctioned off, (though it's usually the boy himself the girls want when they buy the lunch) He is "bought" by Shelly Stalls and Miranda Humes, both pretty and cool girls. Juli "buys" another boy named Jon Trulock, whom she voted as a 'basket boy'. Bryce flips and tries to kiss her in a desperate attempt to show her that he's flipped over her. She rejects him in front of the basket boys, their dates, and the entire Booster Club, and soon Bryce becomes a laughing stock. In a desperate situation, he runs home to find Juli and knocks on her door and he is not responded to. Chet tells him that he will never be the same again. Then, as a last chance to get her to realize that he does care, Bryce plants a sycamore tree in her front yard. Juli doesn't know what's going on. She asks her dad and he tells her. He says he let Bryce plant the tree, to let her feel better. Then Juli starts to realize that Bryce has indeed changed. When he waves to her, she waves back, hinting at, a possible new beginning.


A film adaption from Castle Rock Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures is currently in production and is scheduled for a US release date on September 17, 2010[1]. Rob Reiner will direct the film. [2]

Aidan Quinn and Penelope Ann Miller will take the roles of Juli's parents, and Kevin Weisman has been given the role of Juli's mentally disabled Uncle, while Shane Harper and Michael Bolten will play her two brothers. Anthony Edwards and Rebecca De Mornay will play Bryce's parents, and John Mahoney will take on the role of his Grandfather. [2]

Flipped was filmed in Ann Arbor, Manchester, and Saline, Michigan. Filming began July 13th, 2009 and completed filming in early August of the same year. Filming took place near Thurston Elementary School in Northeast Ann Arbor. As part of the set, a temporary house was built on the Thurston Nature Area prairie. A few scenes were filmed in the small downtown area of Manchester, Michigan on July 27th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Critical reception

  • "Van Draanen has another winner in this eighth-grade 'he-said, she-said' romance." - School Library Journal, Starred[citation needed]
  • "We flipped over this fantastic book." - The Chicago Tribune[citation needed]
  • "A highly agreeable romantic comedy." - Kirkus Reviews[citation needed]

Awards and nominations

  • 2003[citation needed]
    • Won: Virginia Young Readers Program Award
    • Won: South Carolina Children's Book Award
  • 2004[citation needed]
    • Won: California Young Reader Medal
    • Won: Nevada Young Readers Award
    • Nominated: Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award


  1. ^ name="Release dates at">"Release dates for Flipped". Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Six picked for 'Flipped'". May 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 

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