In 1957, when second-graders Bryce Loski and Julianna "Juli" Maryellen Baker first meet, Juli knows it's love, but Bryce isn't so sure, and tries to avoid Juli.
By the sixth grade, Bryce tries to get rid of Juli by dating Sherry Stalls, whom Juli despises.
After finding out Bryce and Sherry broke up, she thought she could have Bryce back.
In 1963, Bryce's grandfather Chet Duncan moves in with the family. There's a large, old sycamore tree that Juli loves which no one understands.
Bryce thinks that Juli intends to bid on him because he hears that she has a wad of cash.
Bryce worries about what will happen if she tries to bid on him, but she bids on Eddie Trulock out of sympathy as nobody was bidding for him.
Bryce begins to develop feelings for Juli, who begins to have mixed feelings about him.
When Juli finds out that Bryce has been throwing away the eggs she offered his family right under her nose, out of fear of salmonella, she feels hurt and starts avoiding him.
As we were reading it, I was just blown away by how good the writing was.
A lot of times you’ll read in books that are written for children, there’s a kind of level of writing that isn’t particularly insightful or there’s not a lot of depth to it. It was a real, honest understanding of what kids go through when they experience those first powerful confusing feelings of love. I also was taken by the fact that it was also told from both points of view – from the boy’s point of view and the girl’s point of view.
I was intrigued by the fact that even though I was going to see essentially the same things done over, I stayed completely riveted and involved.