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Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything

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Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything

At Manhattan High School for the Art and Music, everyone thrives on being different. They dress in outrageous clothes and they're all "a budding genius of the art scene" and "on the verge of a breakthrough." Everyone, that is, except 16-year-old "ordinary girl" Gretchen Yee. Not even dying her hair stop-sign red helps. She feels like she doesn't fit in. Plus she thinks she's far from an artistic genius, especially since her art teacher doesn't appreciate her comic book-style drawing skills.

Gretchen would rather spend her lunch period alone drawing pictures of Spider-Man than hanging out with her best friend Katya and the Art Rats. Gretchen has a crush on Titus, but she won't do anything about it. She's horribly self-conscious about what people think of her and feels more and more alone as Katya, her only friend, suddenly becomes busy all the time.

One day Gretchen wishes to be a fly on the wall of the boys' locker room. If she was a fly, maybe she could finally figure out what boys were thinking. The next day, she gets her wish. Gretchen turns into a fly and spends a week observing the behavior of her classmates in none other than the boy's locker room.

In her life as a fly, Gretchen discovers the mysteries of the male anatomy (remember, she's in a locker room!). Plus, she realizes that the people she knows are not who she thought. They have insecurities like her, and secrets too. Her week as a fly gives her a new perspective on her life. In the end, she gains confidence and learns to take risks. Turning into a fly could be the best thing that ever happened to her!

E. Lockhart, author of THE BOYFRIEND LIST, proves her talents once again. Her writing style is extremely engaging through the use of the unique and quirky voice of her main character. The scenes where teen Gretchen is exploring her new world as a fly are hilarious. She learns to use her wings and gets a frightening up-close look of herself in the mirror and thinks, "I'll never get a boyfriend looking like this." For a topic that could come off as cheesy and unbelievable, Lockhart comes through. Her teen-turning-into-a-fly book works…and it works well. The novel is fast paced, hysterically funny, and a pleasure to read. It's also refreshing to see a female comic book geek in today's teen fiction.

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Reviewed by Kristi Olson on October 18, 2011

Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything
by E. Lockhart

  • Publication Date: March 14, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385732813
  • ISBN-13: 9780385732819