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Transcript of Flipped
by: Wendelin Van Draanen
Two days before second grade, Julianna Baker meets Bryce Loski, and for her it's love at first sight. Bryce, on the other hand, is less than thrilled to be Juli's new found love interest, and tries to avoid her as much as possible throughout his childhood. This proves to be a difficult task, however, considering that Juli stalks him all the way up until sixth grade.
It is during this time that Juli's beloved sycamore tree gets cut down. Soon after, she starts to see the world differently, and wonders if Bryce is in fact "greater than the sum of his parts".
As the years go on, Bryce's true personality gets exposed to Juli after his actions cause her to become more and more upset with him.
The angrier Juli gets at Bryce and the more she avoids him, the more Bryce notices and likes her. It gets to a point where Bryce and Juli's feelings for each other have completely flipped.
Is it too late for Bryce, or will Juli be able to forgive and forget what he's done?
Significant Characters in the Story
A composed young man, but kind of spineless.
"'One's character is set at an early age, son. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life."
An ambitious girl with a tenacious and strong-willed heart.
"Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss... But once in a while you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare."
Theme or author's intent
The point of the story is "Don't judge someone before you get to know them". Bryce and Juli had both made the same mistake. They soon learned that sometimes "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and sometimes it's less", which means that you need to look at everything about them, not just what's on the outside.
At the end of the story, Juli admits this:
"It just occurred to me that in all the years we've known each other, we've never done that. Never really talked... Maybe there is more to Bryce Loski than I know. Maybe it's time to meet him in the proper light."
1. In the book, Bryce had blue eyes.
1. In the movie he had brown eyes.
Book vs. Movie
2. In the book, Bryce admitted his parents that he spied in Juli's backyard to find out if she had a rooster.
2. In the movie, Bryce lied to his parents about talking to Juli.
In the book, the fact that Bryce had blue eyes was really important to the story. It showed that Juli liked him for only what she saw on the outside, which was his "beautiful blue eyes".
However, in the movie, they most likely chose the actor that was best for the role, so they probably didn't care that the eye color was different.
In the book, Bryce told his parents about looking in Juli's yard. They wanted him to ask Juli if she had a rooster, but instead of asking her he spied in her yard.
In the movie, Bryce doesn't tell his parents that he snooped around in her yard. This is probably to demonstrate to the audience how cowardly he is.
3. In the book, Bryce tries to help Juli with her yard.
3. In the movie, he never makes an attempt to do that.
In the book, Bryce tries to help Juli fix up her yard because he feels guilty. Before he can help her, his grandfather starts doing "his good deed".
In the movie, Bryce never makes an attempt to help out Juli. They might have changed this because they want to make him less sympathetic in the movie than in the book.
The movie was set in a quiet suburban town around the 1960's time era.
There were no intense car chases or explosions in the movie, but the special effects that were put in really added to the wholesomeness and quality of the movie.
For example, the view of Juli's sycamore tree. It fit the description in the book very well.
The music made the movie seem more in that specific time era, because it never really said when the story was supposed to take place. Judging by the music, we can tell that it takes place in the 60's.
"Pretty Little Angel Eyes" by: Curtis Lee
"He's So Fine" by: The Chiffons
"Stand by Me" by: Jerry Leiber, Ben King, and Mike Stoller
The costumes in the movie were very retro. They added to the book because even though the plot of the story is timeless, the movie wanted to get across that this had happened in an earlier time period.