Literature: Flipped

A he-said-she-said chick lit/teen romance novel taking place in circa 1994-2000 about a boy named Bryce and a girl named Julianna. When they meet in second grade, Juli becomes infatuated with Bryce and clings to him like a parasite. But Bryce doesn't feel like returning the favor, him being girl-phobic and easily embarrassed. Bryce does everything he can to keep his wannabe girlfriend at bay for the next few years, which isn't easy since they go to the same school and live across the street from one another. The story follows them from grade school to junior high, through triumph and disaster, family drama and first love, as they make the discoveries that will define who they are - and who they are to each other.

It was released in 2000 to acclaim and several awards, and it got a movie adaptation in 2010 which received mixed reception and bombed at the box office.


The film and book contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: How Bryce views Juli. And then how Juli sees Bryce after he tries to kiss her at the end.
  • Abusive Dad: Mr. Loski borders on this in the movie, going so far as to hit Bryce's sister. In fairness to him, it happens one time, and as such he's not a full-on example of the trope.
    • Also somewhat mollifying the situation, he was under stress from trying to shift his views on Juli's family, it was pointed out to him earlier that night that he'd lost a vital part of himself when he quit his band, he'd been drinking fairly steadily, and it was after she called him an asshole, which was much more of an issue at the time when the film was set.
  • Adult Fear: Addressed in-story. When Mr. Loski implies that Juli's uncle is is retarded due to genes, Chet reveals that it was actually due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck twice. Mrs. Loski bursts into tears because the same thing nearly happened to Bryce as a baby.
    • There is Bryce's fear that if things had gone wrong, then his dad wouldn't love him as much or sacrifice for him the way Juli's father did.
  • Alpha Bitch: Sherry to hear Juli tell it. Not according to Bryce, or anything we see her do onscreen.
  • Bachelor Auction: Bryce is put through this and is sold to the most popular girl in school, Shelly. He is not happy about this however because he wanted to be bid on by Juli who bid on the boy before him.
    • He also lampshades the Double Standard of the trope, noting that if they were auctioning off the girls, no one would think it was cute.
  • Betty and Veronica: Juli and Shelly/Sherry (and later Miranda) for Bryce. Subverted in that Bryce has no interest in Shelly; he only uses her to annoy Juli.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mr. Loski in the book, who hides a lot of petty hatred under a smooth exterior; he's a bit more obvious about it in the movie, where he borders on Abusive Dad. Juli thinks Shelly is an example, but while she's a little shallow and catty, she's hardly evil.
  • Character Development: Bryce in particular gets quite a bit, moving from a deliberately shallow Stepford Smiler to a genuinely nice, if very confused, kid. Juli, conversely, starts learning to see past people's surfaces and look at what's underneath. This proves problematic when it comes to Bryce.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Both of them almost end up as Unlucky Childhood Friends to one another, but after much growing up on both their parts they go the victorious route instead.
  • Cool Old Guy: Bryce's grandfather, Chet Duncan.
  • Courtly Love: Bryce and Julie never even kiss although they are only in eighth grade when the story ends.
  • Daddy's Girl: Juli.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bryce, in both the film and the book.
  • Dirty Coward: Juli thinks that Bryce is this after he laughs with Garret about how Juli's family may have bad geens, instead of punching him. Chet also thinks Bryce is this way, though he's a bit gentler about expressing it.
  • Double Meaning Title: The title refers to the Unrequited Love Switcheroo between Juli And Bryce, but also to how the feelings of each of them for the other make them feel, and {{Pun to Bryce's}} Perspective Flip.
    Juli: The first time I saw Bryce Loski, I flipped.
    Bryce: (acknowledging his crush on Juli) Garrett was right. I had flipped.
  • First Kiss: Juli is convinced that Bryce is carrying her first kiss. Bryce would beg to differ...then attempts to give her exactly what she wants near the end.
  • First-Person Smartass: Bryce in the book.
  • Foil: The Dysfunctional Family of the Loskis and the Quirky Household of the Bakers. Especially the fathers.
  • Friend to All Children: Chet comes off this way,
  • Genki Girl: Arguably, Juli during a couple of scenes in their second grade. By the time the main story starts she's grown up.
  • Girl Next Door: Juli is such a friendly neighbor that she regularly gives Bryce her chicken's eggs for his family.
  • Growing Up Sucks / Freudian Excuse: During the awkward family dinner, it's implied that Bryce's father is so mean-spirited in part because he feels trapped in his role as a suburban bread-winner and that he regrets having given up his early dreams as a saxophone player in a band.
  • I Have to Go Iron My Dog: Bryce uses a few excuses like this with Juli.
  • Jerkass:
    • Bryce's father, Rick/Steven (his name was changed for the film) is a petty jerk completely caught up with surface appearances.
    • Bryce's friend Garrett, who has no problems betraying Bryce, or ditching him when he becomes a social pariah. Not surprisingly, Garrett and Bryce's father ended up shaping Bryce's views on Juli, which is why he's initially so cold towards her.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Bryce puts up a pretty good one.
  • Jerkass Realization: Bryce gets this about himself about the eggs, as well as when he laughs with Garret about Juli's retarded uncle. He also realizes that his father is not the nicest person, which is a shocking thing to see.
    • His mother and sister also follow suit, with his mother at the end of the story contemplating a divorce.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bryce. On the surface he's detached, paranoid, and at times, outright manipulative of others. But he's a product of his environment, and at the core of it, really isn't that bad.
  • Kid-anova: Played with. Bryce has lots of girl's pining after him and he's very aware of it. He's also more or less completely uninterested, and only uses Shelly/Sherry to keep Juli at bay.
    • Also justified, at least within the film, where we see that Bryce is in very good shape for a teenager, and is a known sports player in school, along with being cleancut and good-looking.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: Bryce moves in right across the street from Juli. She sees him and decides that he's walking around with her first kiss.
  • Love at First Sight: For Juli anyway.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Bryce gets this after the eggs incident, and an Oh, Crap moment when his grandfather finds out. Fortunately Chet doesn't out him.
  • Never My Fault: Mr. Loski doesn't see what's wrong with his rather narrow-minded view of Juli's family, and feels put upon when his wife calls him out on it.
    • Bryce had a moment of this when Juli caught him throwing away the eggs that she was giving to him for free, which were most of the eggs that her chickens were producing. He tells her that her yard is not sanitary as an excuse. He gets a My God, What Have I Done? moment afterward, when Juli stops speaking to him and starts cleaning up her yard with fervent energy, which becomes an Oh, Crap moment when his grandfather starts helping her.
  • No Social Skills: Juli early on, what with barging into the Loskis' moving van, following Bryce everywhere, ambushing him at school, and sniffing his hair in class, the girl does not have the best grasp on social niceties.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Julie loves climbing her favorite tree, will raise chickens and will tame her yard.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Inverted case of You Didn't Ask. What starts breaking Juli's rose-colored view of Bryce is when she catches him throwing away her eggs, and realizing he's been doing it for two years. If he had just told her to stop delivering them, instead of tossing them in secret, she would have because she could've used the money.
  • Puppy Love: The basic premise.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Shows the events in the movie and book from the perspectives of both Bryce and Juli, which are quite different, especially at the start.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Subverted. Bryce comes off this way from the perspective of Juli's parents and friends. In reality he's got lots of depth; he just also happens to be a raging Stepford Smiler and is deliberately repressing it. Just as she's finally giving up on him, he starts to show it...
    • Actually also played straight. After getting over her pining for Bryce, Juli actually comes to learn that she really knows little to nothing about Bryce as the two never had a real conversation. It wasn't until Bryce attempted to make amends for his previous callousness that the two actually started to bond.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Bryce and Julie, with the addendum that Bryce is pretty messed up.
  • The Sixties: The film moves the setting to 1963.
  • Stepford Smiler: Bryce. He's obsessed with blending at school, making sure that no one realizes how bad the situation at home is, and remaining completely under the radar, all while covering how badly repressed he is. An interesting variation as he looks like a Type B to the outside world, but is actually far more of a Type A. There's a lot going on there; he just doesn't like to show it.
  • Stepford Snarker: Towards other people, Bryce is a Type A Stepford Smiler. Towards the audience he's this, covering up his insecurities with sarcasm.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Juli acts a lot like one early on. She later starts to grow out of it; unfortunately, Bryce still remembers her this way.
    • Stalking Is Love: Juli's following of Bryce is never portrayed as anything other than cute; then again, she was in the second grade.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Mr. Loski accuses Chet of this when Chet spends his time helping Juli with yard work rather than "throwing a ball" with his grandson Bryce. Chet then defies the trope by explaining why he helps, and Bryce feels that he doesn't deserve that bonding anyway.
  • Visual Pun: The film version uses vertical flips between Bryce and Juli's scenes at least once.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Juli loves Bryce first but then starts to fall out of love just as Bryce realizes that he is in love with her.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Bryce's father, Steven Loski.
  • Verbed Title
  • What Beautiful Eyes: What Juli was first attracted to in Bryce.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Juli and Bryce call out each other for their actions, Juli for being a Stalker with a Crush, and Bryce for not telling her about the eggs, for laughing with Garret about her uncle, and then for trying to kiss her because she had chosen another boy at the auction mentioned above.
    • Chet gives a rather gentle bit of advice to Bryce about what happened with the eggs, after not revealing at the dinner table that Bryce had been throwing them away. He tells Bryce that the choices that you make early in life will affect your character, and Bryce needs to think about what person he wants to be.

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