Day 1 – Flipped

Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran.

And fom the second grade to the seventh, that’s how it was. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.”

But in the eighth grade, their views of the world – and each other – turn upside down. He says: “I’d spend so many years avoiding Juli Baker that I’d never really looked at her, but now I couldn’t stop.” And she says: “I felt a cold, hard knot tighten in my heart. I was through with Bryce Loski.”

Is there hope for happiness in junior high?

Have you flipped?

Took me years to find this book. It’s just not available anywhere locally. Except on that fateful day when I decided to check out the Robinsons branch of Booksale (March 10, 2010). Wouldn’t have noticed it had not my eyes strayed to the bottom portion of the softbound books section. You bet I squealed in delight. It was like finding true love (although in real life, I was rather slow in recognizing that it already is ^_^). Didn’t matter if the book appears used (and abused). At Php 20.00, it was more than a bargain I could have hoped for. :)

Now onto the story.

Little Juli Baker has been wanting a playmate ever since but has found none until Bryce Loski moved in as Juli’s family’s neighbor. Too bad though, Bryce doesn’t like her. But did that stop Juli from befriending him? No. In fact, she was rather persistent in letting him know just how friendly and happy she is that she now has someone to play with. For the next few years, the two have been dancing a crazy cha-cha: 2 steps forward for Juli, 2 miles backward for Bryce. And she wouldn’t have stopped her crazy obsession with him had she not realized that Bryce is not as nice as she thinks he is (despite the fact that her heart still skips a beat when she’s with him). And he would have gone on avoiding her had he not realized that she is way special than any other girl he has met. But will these two hearts find what they’re really seeking?

If you haven’t read this book yet, then don’t expect it to be the usual girl-falls-in-love-with-boy-who-ignores-her-then-falls-out-of-love-for-him-later-when-boy-finally-realizes-her-worth. Because it really is not. The premise might be based on that but it’s more complex than it appears. It’s a lot of things, actually: junior high issues, puppy love, being true to one’s self, having conviction to believe and fight in your dreams, being contented with the things you have, acceptance and understanding for persons with unique qualities, having dreams, and being awed at the mystery called life. But how Ms. van Draanen was able to orchestrate all of them together with not one aspect competing with another, is just simply magic.

I especially like the line of Bryce’s granddad when he told him this one tinny tiny secret about love and finding that special person:

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss… But every once in a while you find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.

Ha. You bet after reading that, I asked myself if The Dude thinks I’m iridescent. Hehehe :D

So that’s Day 1 of our Love in 28 Days countdown. Stay tune for tomorrow’s review. :)
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Image taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-F2. L*ve Only logo© Pachuvachuva, 2011.

Trivia: Was singing Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now while posting this entry. So yeah, I don’t just sing in the shower. ;)

The A-Z Reading Challenge

Islandhopper or Ihop introduced a new reading challenge on Shelfari.com meant especially for those who are guilty of hoarding books yet can’t find time to read (was she talking about me? hehe).
One rule is that for every letter in the alphabet, you have to pick one author that you haven’t read yet and get to know him/her. And you have to finish everything on your list in a year’s time.
Sounds cool, right? I know you want to join in on the fun so click here. :D

my author picks

I miss some letters, you say? Well, that’s because I’m forbidden to acquire more books until we could get our house in order. :(
In a few weeks, we would be moving temporarily somewhere else and most of my books are safely stowed in a box ready to be hauled as soon as we have to go. The books mentioned above are the only ones I have within easy reach. But I still have a year anyway to complete this challenge so who knows? I might be able to find the “missing” authors just in time. :)

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Ihop blogs about this here.
You can check out I Flip Pages from my sidebar under La Book-aracha.

Image above features fonts downloaded from various internet sources.
Collage © Pachuvachuva, 2010.

To join said challenge, please register on Shelfari first by clicking on here.

The Pile

If you’ve never been the super organized type like me, managing an ever growing TBR (to be read pile) is like scaling Mt. Everest without any tools. You’ll surely perish. Now that I’ve seen the wisdom of cataloging the books I have yet to read (I envy Blooey’s system, actually..hehe), I thought it would be cool to share this with you:
the pile

  1. Dead as a Doornail, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 5Charlaine Harris
  2. Definitely Dead, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 6Charlaine Harris
  3. Altogether Dead, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 7Charlaine Harris
  4. From Dead to Worse, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 8Charlaine Harris
  5. The Beasts of Clawstone CastleEva Ibbotson
  6. Fablehaven, Book 1Brandon Mull
  7. Princess in the SpotlightMeg Cabot
  8. The Tale of Squirrel NutkinBeatrix Potter
  9. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-DuckBeatrix Potter
  10. Vox, The Edge Chronicles Book 6Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
  11. Freeglader, The Edge Chronicles Book 7Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
  12. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerE.L. Konigsburg
  13. The Heroic Adventure of Hercules AmsterdamMelissa Glen Haber
  14. The Da Vinci CodChris Riddell
  15. Black and Blue MagicZilpha Keatley Snyder
  16. The One in the Middle is the Green KangarooJudy Blume
  17. Marvelous Marvin and the Wolfman MysteryBonnie Pryor
  18. Alvin Fernald, SuperweaselClifford B. Hicks
  19. Childhood of Famous Americans: Dr. Seuss - Kathleen Kudlinski
  20. The Book of the BansheeAnne Fine
  21. Many WatersMadeleine L’Engle
  22. Sammy Keyes and the Runaway ElfWendelin van Draanen
  23. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous JourneyTrenton Lee Stewart
  24. The Tales of Beedle the BardJ.K. Rowling
  25. The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Andersen
  26. The Princess BrideWilliam Goldman
  27. Jonathan Strange and Mr. NorrellSusanna Clarke
  28. Fleeced (Regan Reilly Mysteries)Carol Higgins Clark
  29. Laced (Regan Reilly Mysteries)Carol Higgins Clark
  30. Death of an Outsider - M.C. Beaton
  31. Death of a DreamerM.C. Beaton
  32. Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of DeathM.C. Beaton
  33. Murder with Peacocks- Donna Andrews
  34. Click Here for Murder - Donna Andrews
  35. Death at DartmoorRobin Paige
  36. Miss Zukas and the Stroke of DeathJo Dereske
  37. Lacquer Screen (Judge Dee Mysteries)Robert van Gulik
  38. The Jasmine Moon MurderLaura Childs
  39. Dying for ChocolateDiane Mott Davidson
  40. The Cereal MurdersDiane Mott Davidson
  41. Killer PancakeDiane Mott Davidson
  42. The Grilling SeasonDiane Mott Davidson
  43. Prime Cut - Diane Mott Davidson
  44. Tough CookieDiane Mott Davidson
  45. Chopping SpreeDiane Mott Davidson
  46. Double ShotDiane Mott Davidson
  47. Under the Tuscan SunFrances Mayes
  48. A Good Year - Peter Mayle
  49. Brick Lane - Monica Ali
  50. Quite a Year for PlumsBailey White
  51. Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling FuneralKris Radish
  52. Lucy Crocker 2.0Caroline Preston
  53. Fly Solo – The 50 Best Places on Earth for a Girl to Travel AloneTeresa Rodriguez Williamson
  54. Little Star of Bela LuaLuana Monteiro
  55. The Factory of CunningPhilippa Stockley
  56. Over What HillEllie Leland Wilder
  57. Older But WilderEllie Leland Wilder
  58. StillwatchMary Higgins Clark
  59. The Toughest Indian in the WorldSherman Alexie
  60. Salmon Fishing in the YemenPaul Torday
  61. Seven Houses: A NovelAlev Lytle Croutier
  62. A Jar of DreamsYoshiko Uchida
  63. Story TimeEdward Bloor
  64. WormwoodG.P. Taylor
  65. A Hole in the UniverseMary McGarry Morris
  66. Must Love DogsClaire Cook

READING IS SWEETER THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Books worthy to be read again and again are worth their pages in gold.

  1. Undead and UnwedMary Janice Davidson
  2. Undead and UnappreciatedMary Janice Davidson
  3. The Shadow of the WindCarlos Ruiz Zafon
  4. Magyk, Septimus Heap Book 1Angie Sage
  5. Flyte, Septimus Heap Book 2Angie Sage
  6. Physik, Septimus Heap Book 3Angie Sage
  7. Queste, Septimus Heap Book 4Angie Sage
  8. Battle RoyaleKoushun Takami
  9. You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon A DayMo Willems
  10. Fablehaven (Book 2): Rise of the Evening StarBrandon Mull
  11. Fablehaven (Book 3): Grip of the Shadow PlagueBrandon Mull

TEST
This entry is published using BlogDesk, one of the many blogging tools available to make a blogger’s life easier. My reviews on BlogDesk and the rest of these tools are yet to be done. So just wait a while for that. And oh, this is the most tagged post by far. Above image was taken last Friday night using a Canon Powershot A480. Camera and Lenovo S10 netbook c/o my sis. ;)

ONE BOOK LESS TO GO
Finished reading #5 The Beasts of Clawstone CastleEva Ibbotson yesterday as I was having my nails done at home. Don’t you just love being in the Philippines enjoying excellent home service of mani-pedi? If I could have but one wish, I’d ask for Manang Celsa, my fave manikyurista, to stay long in the business so I will never have bad nails ever. *wink*