Have you ever flipped on love? Â Do you remember your first crush? Â Next week marks the release of Flipped on DVD. Â I will admit I have not seen the movie but I will tell you, I LOVE this book. It’s been a few years since I read it but I still remember all the buzz around the office for this book. Â First, the cover was adorable (and anyone who tells you to not judge a book by its cover has never worked in the book industry!). Â And second, the story got right to your heart because we all know at least one side of what this feels like. Â I was excited when I heard this was going to be a movie and bummed when, in all of the madness of this first year of mamihood, I missed it in theaters.
I am trying to make up for this now. Â Thinking about the book and the movie brought on thoughts about my first love. I thought I would share it with you and perhaps, you would be so kind as to share yours as well. Â If you do, you will be entered in my very first giveaway! Â You could win your very own copy of the movieÂ Flipped! Â But first, I want to read them all! Â I am sure it will be better than mine as mine is a little tragic. Â If I had to pick a name for my story I’d call it: The Laying On of Hands. Â Here it goes…
His name was Jose. Â I was at PS 153 and he was my boyfriend. Â He courted me in Kindergarten but I was a little busy learning a new language. Â I started paying attention to him in the first grade. Â I was a rock star back then. Â Participating in all of the school plays and events. Â With long dark hair and I am sure a little more attitude than the other kids. Â Everyone knew we were an item. Â We held hands sometimes but mostly, we just told people we liked each other. Â If you remember way back when, this was of utmost importance and really the only thing you needed in order to make a relationship official (oh how easy life would’ve been if this rule stayed in place through adulthood!).
In 2nd grade I think other girls were sweating him but, I was strong and confident. Â Unbeknownst to me, he was not. Â Enter that fateful day. Â We were on the playground. Â I was off with the girls somewhere and he was off with the boys (and all was right with the world). Â Suddenly, drama erupts. Â I hear a cackle of girls coming over to tell me that someone told Jose that I liked another boy (I later found out it was my arch nemesis, Veronica who obviously wanted to disrupt my bliss!). Â I don’t even remember the name of the kid that I was accused of liking but I can assure you, I only had eyes for my Jose! Â Apparently, Jose only had eyes for me too. Â But, he also had hands.
Out of nowhere there’s a rush of kids (you remember how this could be when something was going on at the playground, locusts were less organized). Â They swarmed on me and I was in the middle. Â Jose in a rage over hearing that I had betrayed our relationship did the unthinkable. Â He hit me. Â In the face! Â I was stunned. Â I was embarrassed. Â I was no longer in love. Â I had officially flipped.
His 2nd grade teacher gave him a what for and from what I heard later on, called his parents. Â He was told under no uncertain terms by his male teacher that a girl is never to be hit. Â But, the damage was already done. Â I didn’t really speak to him after that. Â Ever. Â He lived in my building and I’m trying to remember how that dance played out what with us having mutual friends and our parents knowing each other. Â I seem to distantly recall that my parents weren’t close to them but I don’t know if that was always the case or if this is what kicked started it). Â I moved on. Â And I swore that I was never going to experience that again. Â I never wanted to feel that way, ever.
Thinking back, perhaps this is why I loved the bookÂ Flipped so much. Â It gave me a new story to think about when it came to first love. Â The tenderness of the characters almost hurts and I certainly hope this was captured in the movie. Â And let’s face it, some of the stuff that happens to us during that stage in life is just plain funny (now). Â I love Juli’s carefree character. Â She reminds me a little of Spinelli’sÂ Stargirl.
Now that you have read my depressing story of my first young love, let me hear your more cheery stories about your first love as a child. Â And, if you should want to take a read, visit my Amazon Store and purchase a copy ofÂ Flipped either in book or in DVD format (or both!).
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