Study Guide


By Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped Introduction

Okay Shmoopers, gear up for a romantic comedy made for the young at heart. And what does every good rom com need?

  • Two folks who kinda sorta dig each other
  • Some weird miscommunications between the almost-lovebirds
  • An obnoxious friend who just doesn't quite get it
  • Some family drama
  • A surprise twist
  • A bit of awkward hand-holding
  • And a big grand finale. With a kiss? Wait and see…

Open up a copy of Flipped, and you'll find all this and some chickens to boot. With Wendelin Van Draanen's young adult novel, we've got ourselves a love story with some fun twists and turns.

So here's the deal: Bryce and Juli meet when they're just seven years old. Oh yeah—when we said young at heart, we meant it. And for Juli, it's love at first sight. But for Bryce, well, Juli isn't his favorite gal. Okay we'll level with you: he thinks she's the most annoying girl to walk the face of the earth. Ever.

Yet as they grow up to become teenagers, things get a bit more complicated. Let's just say Juli isn't always going to think Bryce is the cat's meow… and Bryce starts to realize that maybe Juli doesn't have cooties. And is actually super smart. And cute. Like really cute.

Plus we get to hear the whole thing straight from Bryce and Juli themselves. Yep—we hear the story from Bryce, and then we get the scoop from Juli too. But watch out—because these two hardly ever agree.

When Wendelin Van Draanen published Flipped in 2001, it had readers, well, flipping. And it's no surprise—she's written tons of popular books for young adults, and in the process she's hit just about every genre out there, from mystery to romance. Van Draanen knows what readers like, and Flipped is no exception.

What is Flipped About and Why Should I Care?

Let's get real here: love can be the pits.

Have you ever had a crush on someone? Maybe just a teensy weensy twinge that the guy or gal next to you is a little extra special? Well Bryce and Juli sure have. And they're here to remind us that having a crush isn't easy. In fact, it can be downright tough.

Juli and Bryce meet in second grade—and while Bryce thinks Juli is Queen of Cooties, Juli thinks Bryce is Mr. Perfect. Over the next six years, Juli learns that having a crush isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Bryce realizes that maybe cooties aren't that bad. Especially compared to the confusion he feels now that he actually likes Juli back.

So Bryce and Juli go through the ups and downs of having a crush… and there are a lot of ups and downs. But they give us an entertaining story along the way, and they keep us guessing about how their relationship will end up.

Even though having a crush can be a rollercoaster of emotions, Bryce and Juli remind us that it's still a pretty fun ride.

Flipped Resources


Everything You Want to Know about Van Draanen
Wendelin Van Draanen has written tons of stuff. Check out her bio and the other books she's penned here.

A Weekly Dose of Wendelin
Take a look at Wendelin Van Draanen's blog and you'll get the skinny on her writing tricks. Plus she's got some fun personal stories, too.

Movie or TV Productions

Flipped, Fifties-Style
Rob Reiner's 2010 flick takes Van Draanen's book back to the 1950s. So chuck the Baker Boys' CDs and grab yourself a poodle skirt instead.

Articles and Interviews

Get Chummy with Van Draanen
Learn about Van Draanen's road to becoming a writer—and hear it all from her point of view.

Wendelin, the Mystery Lover
Learn more about what motivates Van Draanen's writing, and get the inside story on why she likes mysteries so much.

The Inside Scoop
Itching to know the inspiration behind Flipped? Well, check out this interview with Van Draanen to get all the details.

Go Behind the Scenes
Director Rob Reiner thinks Flipped is all about "universal feelings." Take a look at this interview on his film version of the book and see if you agree.


Flipped on the Big Screen… and Back in Time
Check out this preview for Rob Reiner's movie version of Flipped. And enjoy the catchy doo-wap tunes of the 1950s, too.

Rocking Some Scissors and Paper
This quirky little ditty will have you primed and ready to dive into Flipped—and it has construction paper characters. That's a win-win in our book.

Shooting the Breeze with Rob Reiner
Watch this interview with director Rob Reiner to get some insights into Flipped the flick.


Now That's One Flipped Chick
Check out the cover of Flipped. Which way is up?

Bryce and Juli Go to the Movies
Take a glance at this poster for Rob Reiner's 2010 movie version of Flipped. Do Bryce and Juli look like what you imagined?