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Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 83 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

This deceptively simple novel about first crushes is a lot like real life -- sometimes too much so. All the characters mess up, usually repeatedly, and mostly through selfishness and lack of understanding and compassion, just like real people. And most of them change -- and change again.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The two main characters cheat in class. Bryce's father is sexist. Several characters say disparaging things about mentally challenged people. Nearly every character behaves poorly.

Violence

Two girls fight over a boy.

Sex

Oblique reference to breasts. Thoughts about kissing, and an abortive attempt at a kiss.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that nearly every character, major and minor, adult and child, behaves badly. In some cases they learn better or regret their mistakes; in others (such as the main characters cheating in school) they don't. Because of the romantic subject matter, it will probably appeal mainly to middle schoolers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDiana S. May 4, 2017

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Juli baker is an incredible girl that Bryce Loski did not take advantage of when she showed up in his moving truck offering help when he was 6 years old. Since... Continue reading
Adult Written bySherlockian February 1, 2014

Nice quick read

Read this recently almost by accident.
One of the sweetest teen/cutest teen books I've come across. Good message and a pleasant read.
Kid, 11 years old April 15, 2021

amazing!

at first, when my teacher started to read this book to us, i made the mistake of judging the book by it's cover. it is an AMAZING book and it tells the sto... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bytheReviewingKoala March 9, 2021

Really good book

The only problem I had with this book was that the author spent a little too long discussing Bryce and Juli's pasts. That sort of made me bored, but after... Continue reading

What's the story?

In alternating chapters, Bryce and Juli tell the story of their relationship, beginning in second grade when Bryce moves in across the street from Juli. Juli instantly develops a crush on Bryce, who does not reciprocate, and throughout elementary school he tries to avoid her persistent and unwelcome attentions.

In middle school, however, they both begin to notice Bryce's substantial character flaws. Just as Bryce begins to try to change, and to notice Juli's good points, her ardor starts to cool. Meanwhile their families, and their perceptions of their world, also undergo dramatic changes.

Is it any good?

This deceptively simple novel about first crushes is a lot like real life -- sometimes too much so. There is hardly a character, major or minor, adult or child, who is really likable, though a few, such as Bryce and his grandfather, drift toward likability by the end. They all mess up, usually repeatedly, and mostly through selfishness and lack of understanding and compassion, just like real people. And most of them change -- and change again.

The alternating narrators device in FLIPPED adds another realistic layer to this multilayered book. Bryce and Juli describe the same events from their points of view, and they do so with surprising honesty. The differences in their versions come not from trying to hide the truth or justify their own behavior, but from genuinely seeing things differently. They both behave badly, Bryce especially, but they're both able to face that and to attempt the always difficult process of conscious change.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' behavior.

  • Why do they do the things they do?

  • Is Bryce really a coward? Is his grandfather fair to him?

  • Also, point of view is very important here. Why do the stories the two characters tell seem so different? Are they lying?

  • Do people really see the same events so differently? Why?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love simple stories

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