If you know me, you must know my favorite book of all time, Flipped. Some may not know the title, but it’s that book with the upside down yellow chick on it. It’s the best book ever, no joke. This’ll be a series of posts. I might as well just make my blog about books and movies since that’s what the good content is.
Yeah, the title and the image are very symbolic which is why Yours Truly loves this book.
Flipped is a she said/he said book. The format is really clever. One part is from the boy’s POV (point of view for those of you who don’t know the term) and the other is from the girl’s. It’s a really creative way to write and also lets you pick sides on who you relate more to and who’s just right (you’ll see what I mean).
To make a long story short, it’s about this boy that moves into this neighborhood. He ends up moving across from the Bakers. They have this one daughter who likes Bryce Loski (that’s the guy that moved into the neighborhood) from the start. Unfortunately, he detests her. When they first meet, she wants to help unpack the myriad of packages they brought from their home. Bryce and his dad don’t want her to help, so his dad says to go help his mom with the dishes or something. He runs off. Guess who’s behind him? You guessed right, Julianna Baker (that’s that girl). She tries to grab him or something and he tries to dodge her attempts, but they end up holding hands.
Oh my gosh. They’re holding hands, I can now die in peace.
Yeah, it’s a chick flick. So what? Fight me.
Anyway, she still is pretty annoying to him in the months to come. She tries to find him and he does everything in his power to avoid her. She does all this because she obviously has a humongous crush on the dude. She also just wants a friend and he seems like a pretty cool dude, so why not?
The point here is Juli’s crushing big time.
I mean, how could she not? Just look at him.
They go to the same school and everything. Near the bus stop they get on to go to school, there’s this huge, majestic sycamore tree. She loves it. As a child, Juli and her brothers would climb it and it just had so many memories.
They cut it down.
Look at Juli too. They were meant to be. They’d look so cute together.
Juli climbs up before they cut it down and tries to make the people that are in charge of cutting it down not cut it down (I’m rambling, aren’t I?). She tells all the kids to come up there. Juli begs Bryce to go up there especially. If you were ever a kid, you might recall the little song they used (or still do) to sing. I don’t know, it goes like, ¨Juli and Bryce sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.¨ Bryce’s initial reaction was to go up there, but at the same time, he didn’t want to be ¨late for school¨ (I mean, come on. That’s the lamest excuse I’ve heard. I don’t think he would have cared if he missed a day of school.), but the real reason he doesn’t want to go up there is because he doesn’t want all the kids at school to think him and Juli were a thing.
I know, it sucks.
She’s the only one to go up there and in the end, a huge crowd gathers and she appears in the newspaper. It’s a huge deal. She stays up there till late after school. Juli stayed the whole day up there in the tree in hopes the owner of the property wouldn’t cut it down. Her dad comes and eventually she goes down. Juli is crying, devastated.
Her dad, being a freelance artist and superb full-time dad, paints her the sycamore tree. He tells her that the whole is worth more than the parts. A cow is just a cow and a tree is just a tree, but a cow, a tree, the wind blowing through the dewy grass is more than just a cow, just the wind, just the grass.
Seriously, Parent goals, amirite? Well, my parents are pretty cool as is, so probs not.
Okay, that part came a little bit earlier, but still, I was wondering where to put it and I couldn’t find a proper place. It’s there right now and it’ll stay right there. You don’t like it? Fight me.
I’m just joking. Don’t actually fight me, I’d fall after the first punch. Sorry for whatever.
In the months to come, she goes the longer way. She can’t bear looking at the trunk of the sycamore tree. She goes the longer way on a bike. It rained a lot during that season. She didn’t care, she got wet.
I forgot to mention that Bryce’s grandpa is living with them. His grandma, unfortunately, passed away. His grandpa sees Juli in the newspaper and is weirdly reminded of his late wife.
He talks to Bryce about her and he is interested in getting to know her better since he reminds her so freaking much about his wife.
Bryce is a bit weirded out. He looks at what his grandpa was saying though and starts feeling a bit of a crush for Juli.
Juli has been giving chicken eggs to the Loskis (Bryce’s family). She is selling them to her neighbors, but they’re the only exception.
*cue ¨The Only Exception¨ by Paramore*
I seriously love this song. Go binge-listen to all their songs pls.
They are eating the eggs and then someone mentions something about babies in the eggs. The dad then tells Bryce to figure out if they had a rooster.
Bryce is deathly afraid of Juli, we mustn’t forget that important detail.
Bryce talks to his friend, Garrett, about it. In the end, they go look over her fence to see if there were any roosters. They find out the Baker’s backyard is a complete ¨disaster.¨ There’s no grass or anything.
Bryce tells his parents. His sister says something about salmonella. His dad tells Bryce to tell Juli Baker they don’t want her eggs anymore.
Like I said earlier, he is deathly afraid of Juli.
So he ends up throwing the eggs away.
And it continues for so long. One day, Juli delivers her eggs promptly. She stays there for a bit on the porch, just wondering about Mr. Goldilocks and his luscious hair; his blue eyes; you know, daydreaming.
Out of nowhere, Bryce comes out from around the corner with the trash. He has to throw it away. Juli sees a corner of her egg carton. She’s no fool and she realizes the horrible truth. Bryce says that he was throwing them away because ¨just look at your yard!¨
She gets mad and eventually stops talking to him.
She starts losing interest, but she still likes him a bit.
Chet (Bryce’s grandpa) goes over one day when Juli was slaving in the summer heat setting up a fence. They become friends. He tells her about who she reminds him about and gives him insider information about Bryce.
¨Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss…¨ He turned to me. ¨But every once in a while, you find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.¨
She tells him why her house was like that. They rent it. The landlord has to be in charge of all the greenery and the house, but he doesn’t and the Bakers can’t take care of it.
Juli says that the reason they rent it is so that her uncle Daniel can go to a private facility and be taken care of properly. Her uncle is mentally disabled because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck as a baby. The doctors couldn’t take it out.
It’s really expensive.
Chet one day explodes and says all that when Bryce’s dad keeps on complaining about Chet spending more time with Juli, a virtual stranger. He tells them about the eggs, about everything Bryce did.
Bryce’s mom feels guilty. She invites them to come over for dinner one day. Juli’s mom was very, um, distrusting towards them and felt betrayed after Juli tells them what Bryce told her. She thinks that a boy his age couldn’t come up with anything like that. Chet wouldn’t do that because they personally knew him. His parents had to have something to do with it.
Before her inviting them, Juli is at the library, doing homework like any sane middleschooler would. This girl comes right next to her and says that Bryce might like her. That he was looking at her. Juli was not believing it, but hey, if it was true, then what?
They went to where Bryce and Garrett were. Bryce was talking about Juli’s uncle. Garrett says that that explains why she’s like that. Bryce, having something for Juli, said what. (I can remember this part like it was scarred into my brain through watching and reading the book so many times) Garrett said, ¨Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, right?¨ Bryce wants to punch him and all that. He just laughs though because bros before girls, amirite? Wrong. That was so wrong on another level. Anyway, Juli hears and at that point, her feelings towards Mr. Goldilocks changes.
She stops liking him. She wonders how the heck did she like a guy like him. All the things she liked about him turn into just things. His beautiful, blue eyes just turn into eyes of a person she strongly dislikes. His peach fuzz turns into just peach fuzz. His scent of watermelon no longer seems attractive.
I cried at this part. It’s really sad.
Anyway, as the date of the dinner between the Bakers and Loskis nears, Bryce’s feelings for Juli intensifies. Seriously. The day of the dinner, he has an awfully hard time trying to figure out what to wear. Just because of Juli.
The dinner was very tense. The Bakers brought some pies and Mrs. Loski and Mrs. Baker seemed to not be as tense. They sit across from each other and Juli, being an example for all girls out there, doesn’t talk or look at Bryce. When they leave, she apologizes for her behavior. He’s mad because she apologized and yeah, it’s like the whole Juli-likes-Bryce situation again. Juli hates him and Bryce loves her.
There’s a whole bunch more. I’m going to do two parts of this though. Sorry for the cliffhanger, but hey, I will tell you tomorrow what happens, so it’s not really a cliffhanger. Your arguments are invalid.
Plus, no ones sees the posts, so is it really a cliffhanger if no one sees it?