Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Bryce's grandfather comes to live with his family, and serves as a better rolemodel than his father. He is worried about Bryce, and tells him, "One's character is set at an early age, son. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life." I think this can be true. Kids are really working out what kind of person they want to be when they are Bryce's age, and patterns of behavior seem hard to break down the road.
When Juli is upset, her mom tucks her in bed and, "And she made me cry all over again when she kissed me goodnight and whispered that of all her many blessings, I was her best and brightest." I love it, and even more when you see how it affects Juli. The next day she is working to fix up her yard and recognizes that, "Surely, I thought, a few bushes and some dilapidated wood couldn't stop someone's best and brightest blessing!" It makes me hope my kids internalize what I tell them.
There are some tender conversations between Juli and her dad that I really liked. Also between Bryce and his grandpa.
"I went to bed that night feeling very full and very happy. And as I lay there in the dark, I wondered at how much emotion can go into any given day, and thought how nice it was to feel this way at the end of it."
I recommend this book. I think it is a sweet story with good character development and a nice resolution.
I also recommend the movie. Reading the book actually felt a little redundant to me since I already knew the story, and the movie stayed so true. I think I'd recommend reading the book first. Both are really good.