I have more than waxed lyrical about the movie "Flipped". The number of times I have watched it is a testament to how much I love that movie. It's taken a permanent place in my hard drive so I thought it's about time I read the book.
And man, while the book was brilliant by itself, this is a case of me loving the movie more than the paperback it came from. In my world, that is a rarity.
Flipped is the quintessential YA. It stars two high school students, Bryce Loski and Julianna Baker, who you get to meet as children and see how they grow in the whole duration of the book. It's an easy read, completely devoid of fluff, quickly pulling you in with its natural conversations and wry wit.
What truly draws me to this book is that right beneath its Young Adult facade lies a deep and thought-provoking plot.
“A painting is more than the sum of its parts,' he would tell me, and then go on to explain how the cow by itself is just a cow, and the meadow by itself is just grass and flowers, and the sun peeking through the trees is just a beam of light, but put them all together and you've got magic.”
It challenges you to think with Bryce Loski. The way he struggled to find his footing in the world he lives in and to reconcile with the imminent changes in his life resonated in me. Even as an adult, it's hard not to relate with him.
“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.”
Julianna Baker is a brilliant heroine. Headstrong, compassionate, intelligent and unimpressionable.
Like I said, the book is a great read and I'd recommend it any day. But make sure you do not forget to see the movie. They stayed true to the core elements of the book but added some brilliant twists to it. For instance, they set the movie in the 50s and 60s. The 50s and the 60s! It offered the poignant mood that is a part and parcel of the book.
They also cast Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll! I think Bryce had black hair in the book but I can hardly complain about Callan's golden good looks now, can I?
And added to the equation is the beautiful 50s and 60s fashion:
I always walk away with a cornucopia of vintage inspiration whenever I watch this movie. I love Julie's style. She doesn't always relegate herself to dresses and is often seen in cropped high waist pants and button down shirts. You might see me in something similar pretty soon.
The dresses speak for themselves. I mean, is there really something bad that can be said about 50s and 60s dresses? And don't get me started on the plaids. There's always something plaid to ogle at.
Go read the book and then watch the movie if you haven't yet. It's definitely worth your while.