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“Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...." He turned to me. "But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you're floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person's eyes. They're connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“...Next time you're faced with a choice, do the right thing. It hurts everyone less in the long run.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“One's character is set at an early age. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. I hate to see you swim out so far you can't swim back.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“To by held above the earth and be brushed by the wind," she said,"it's like your heart has been kissed by beauty.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“Somehow the silence seemed to connect us in a way like words never could.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“If chaos is a necessary step in the organization of one's universe, then I was well on my way.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“Get beyond his eyes and his smile and the sheen of his hair -- Look at what's really there.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“It's easy to look back and see it, and it's easy to give the advice. But the sad fact is, most people don't look beneath the surface until it's too late.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“A painting is more than the sum of its parts,' he would tell me, and then go on to explain how the cow by itself is just a cow, and the meadow by itself is just grass and flowers, and the sun peeking through the trees is just a beam of light, but put them all together and you've got magic.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“You can't dwell on what might have been...and it's not fair to condemn him for something he hasn't done.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“The room fell quiet. And as I read down the list of over one hundred and fifty eight-grade boys, I realized that to me, there had only ever been one boy.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“I had Flipped.

-Bryce Loski”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“All of a sudden I didn't fit in anywhere. Not at school, not at home...and every time I turned around, another person I'd known forever felt like a stranger to me. Even I felt like a stranger to me.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“Sometimes a little discomfort in the beginning can save a whole lot of pain down the road.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“What he did to my heart was sheer, inexplicable, magic.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“Sometimes I get so caught up in my own problems that I forget how amazing the world is.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Runaway
“What I'm expecting is for you to behave like the gentleman I always thought you were.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“There's nothing like a headstrong woman to make you happy to be alive.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“I'd scale that monster sycamore if I could. Right to the top. And I'd yell her name across the rooftops for the whole world to hear.

-Bryce”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“A painting is more than the sum of the parts,” he would tell me, and then go on to explain how the cow itself is just a cow, and the meadow by itself is just grass and flowers, and the sun peeking through the trees is just a beam of light, but put them all together and you’ve got magic.”
Wendelin Van Draanen
“And since you know what a tree-climbing weenie I am, I think it's pretty clear that I'm willing to do anything to get her to talk to me. Man, I'll dive after her into a chicken coop full of poop if that's what it takes. I'll ride my bike all the stinkin' way to school for the rest of eternity if it means being with her”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“There's no winning arguments with your parents”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
tags: bryce
“I had liked him for all the wrong reasons.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“And then she started climbing/ The girl is in the seventh grade, and she's climbing a tree--way, way up in the tree. And why does she do it? So she can yell down at us that the bus is five! four! three blocks away! Blow-by-blow traffic watch from a tree--what every kid in junior high feels like hearing first thing in the morning. She tried to get me to come up there with her, too. "Bryce, come on! You won't believe the colors! It's absolutely magnificent! Bryce, you've got to come up here!" Yeah, I could just hear it: "Bryce and Juli sitting in a tree..." Was I ever going to leave the second grade behind?”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
tags: humor
“If the mind's not strong, the body acts weak, even if it's not. If the mind says it's too cold or too rainy or too windy to run, the body will be more than happy to agree. If the mind says it would be better to rest or recover or cut practice, the body will be glad to oblige.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, The Running Dream
“You got nothin' to lose but your self-respect.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“I'll ride my bike all the stinkin' way to school for the rest of eternity if it means being with her.

-Bryce”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“But in my heart I knew that just like the new grass, I wasn't strong enough yet to be walked on”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
“My grandfather stood beside me and looked across the street, too. "No, Bryce," he said softly. "She's the same as she's always been; you're the one who's changed." He clapped his hand on my shoulder and whispered, "And son, from here on out, you'll never be the same again.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

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