August 4th, 2010 by Karen
You probably know by now that Nancy and I are both suckers for sweet romantic stories, so of course we both positively flipped when we read Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. And then we flipped AGAIN when we found out the book was being made into a movie. And now there’s just a couple days to go until it’s in theaters! (At least, if you live in L.A. or Sacramento or Austin. Sadly, the rest of us have to wait until August 27th.*)
Are you as excited for this film as we are? Here’s the trailer:
Looks cute, huh? Although I was pretty surprised to see that the film is set in the 1950s and 60s! The book is actually set in today’s times, but I can see that it would work in the past. What do you guys think?
If you haven’t already read Flipped, I suggest you run out and get a copy right now. It’s not a cutesy tween girl book with bubbly pink lettering on the cover; it’s a thoughtful story of two kids who make up their minds about one another early on, and then eventually start looking deeper, only to realize that their views of each other say a lot about who they are themselves — and what kind of people they want to be.
Plus it’s told in alternating points of view between Juli and Bryce, so you get both perspectives, which is a refreshing change from most books involving crushes and all that. (You can’t fool us — we know boys think about girls too!)
Of course, that’s all MY point of view. In the spirit of the book, I also want to present Nancy’s review of Flipped, which she shared in our Romance theme podcast:
So, what are you waiting for? You’ve got two days to read the book (or re-read it) before the movie comes out on Friday!
And also check out this post from Wendelin van Draanen’s blog, where she talks about her trip to visit the movie set during filming. Apparently there were a bunch of coincidences that led to a very magical experience for her. I TOTALLY got teary-eyed reading about it — not to mention even more excited for the upcoming movie! Nancy and I will be seeing it when it opens in New York. How about you?
Karen’s first crush was on Chris, a boy who went to her preschool. She used to tell people they were going to get married. But then in elementary school, she shifted her affections to Matt, the boy who stood behind her in line and pulled on her braid. So fickle.
* UPDATE 8/5/2010: So, I have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want to hear first? Uh, I can’t actually hear your answer, so I’m going to pretend that you said you want the bad news first. Here it is: Turns out that Flipped is only opening in limited release tomorrow, August 6th. According to this awesome movie fansite that I just discovered, the film opens only in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Austin tomorrow. For the rest of us, the wide release date is August 27th. Boo! Cry… But remember I said I have good news too? Well, this just means you have more time to read the book before the movie hits the big screen! Hey, silver linings, people…