Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - Flipped

Here's another one of those books that have been on my "need to read" list for a quite a while that I finally got around to - Wendelin Van Draanen's Flipped. It's the story of Bryce and Juli, who met just before second grade and have a very interesting, let's say, relationship from the time they meet until the book ends at the end of eighth grade. It is told in alternating chapters, relating the same events from each of their perspectives. It's a story about the long ranging effects of what you say as well as what you don't say, about not judging people by first impressions, about people who are more than the sum of their parts and people who who are less than the sum of their parts, and about learning that the families who seem perfect may in fact be the most dysfunctional, while those that seem really weird may in fact be the most stable. At times it's funny, and at times sad. All in all, a really good book. I highly recommend it.

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