excellent book. the way it is written lets you see both sides of the story. this book would be extremely helpful for kids- it shows that something that means one thing to you might not mean the same to someone else. it also shows what happens when you do not speak up for what you think is right... good read! great story.
This book is a terrific read, whether by the young reader or adult. The title is apropos in more ways than one. The two main characters witness the same incidents, yet interpret them totally differently. Their perspectives and perception of events is quite different, yet they are inexplicably drawn toward each other. This is a wonderful book - I highly recommend it!
This is a really great read! I could not put it down! I took it everywhere I went, whenever I had some spare time I was reading this book. You can really relate to bryce when Julie is chaseing after him, and he wants to run, but then you can also relate when he ends up falling for Julie!! It also has a nice ending, with a little surprise twist.
The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski's blue eyes that day he moved in across the street from her in second grade, she lost her usually intelligent mind. She spent the next 6 years chasing after him. Not 2 hours after moving into the house across from Juli's, Bryce knew she was dangerous. He spent the next 6 years trying to avoid her, and yet not being able to, because Juli Baker was everywhere, doing everything, often perfectly.
Their middle school years clash between a destroyed sycamore tree, Juli's homegrown chickens and their eggs, Bryce's widowed grandfather, and family problems and secrets. By 8th grade, Juli pegs Bryce as a shallow jerk. She is so over him. Meanwhile, Bryce sees something in Juli that he has never noticed before. Is it the way she talks about beauty and nature like an adult? Is it the way she reminds Bryce's grandfather of his spirited dead wife? Eighth grade will be one flipped year for the two of them.
This book is charming, funny, and well-written. Both middle and high schoolers alike will be able to empathize with the main characters and connect with their teenage language.
My whole family loved this book. I read it in one evening, my son read it the next morning, my husband read it that night, and my son re-read it the next day. It's not a long read, but it was really a good story -- a sweet story. It's the story of the evolving relationship between neighbors/classmates from 2nd grade through 8th grade. A set of events is told from the perspective of Juli and then Bryce. Their very different personalities are well-done and it's easy to imagine both of these kids.
Interestingly, the movie is going to come out soon, which was filmed in my home town. My son was an extra in the movie, I had the chance to tell Rob Reiner that I was so pleased he chose to turn this sweet story into a movie. He smiled broadly and responded, "It IS a really good story, isn't it?"
So, yes. We liked this book.