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by Wendelin Van Draanen

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. 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 everything gets turned upside down. And just as he's thinking there's more to her than meets the eye, she's thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Comedy and Humor, Romance

About the Author

Wendelin Van Draanen In addition to the Sammy Keyes series, Wendelin Van Draanen is also the author of the Shrederman books and the novels Flipped and Swear to Howdy . Today you will find Wendelin Van Drannen in California with her two sons and her husband who happens to have a knack for helping her brainstorm ideas for her books.

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