Starred Review. Grade 6-8–Floey Packer, 13, bursts right off the page with an engaging vivacity, underlining her determination to not "be the wallpaper" anymore. Not that this fresh, funny, and insightful character could ever blend into the background, but when she embarks upon becoming the "New Floey," she does it with a passion. Partially understood Zen philosophy, visiting cousins, a painful crush on her best guy friend, and violet hair dye all play a part, but it is her diary that really gets the plot moving–especially when it is posted on the Internet by her bratty cousins, and Floey suddenly finds both the New Floey and the real one (who isn't quite as poised and glamorous) in the spotlight. It isn't merely the liveliness of the protagonist, however, that drives this story; humorous incidents abound, character growth is convincing, and the plot moves irresistibly forward. First-time author Hughes merits a place with Louise Rennison, Ellen Conford, and even Paula Danziger on the fiction shelves.–Rhona Campbell, Washington DC Public Library
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Gr. 6-9. When this impressive first novel opens, 13-year-old Floey Packer confesses that she identifies with wallpaper, "there but barely noticed." Her existence becomes more conspicuous after her cousin secretly posts her diary online. Being an Internet cult figure furthers Floey's vow to cast aside her drab persona and assume a bolder, sassier identity; unfortunately, several revelations of a delicate nature put a strain on her already-tense relationships with cute male chum Wen and best girlfriend Azra. The repercussions sensitively and humorously dramatize the awkwardly evolving social dynamics of adolescence. Hughes' clever amalgam of Bridget Jones' Diary and Harriet the Spy will hold instant appeal for tweens and early teens; older YAs, with expectations of racier fare raised by the sophisticated cover, may find the content (giggly samplings of booze and all) surprisingly tame. But once readers enter the orbit of Floey's screwball charm--her explorations into Zen Buddhism occasion some hilarious haiku--the disappointment should prove short-lived. Jennifer Mattson
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This book is so amazing I thought her and wen would be a couple but turns out Calvin and her are now a couple nice twist very great book I love itPublished 16 months ago by lorraine eckert
This book was very interesting and unique to the age group of 12-14. I found this book very interesting and unique.Published 24 months ago by agottsch
Mark Peter Hughes novel is funny and touching. A sensitive and wonderful portrait of a teenage girl. I enjoyed it greatly.Published on June 27, 2010 by Padma Venkatraman
Florance a.k.a. Floey Packer, age 13, is living in a life of boringness. She is the wallpaper. The wallpaper behind her glorious sister, that is. She feels like no one notices her. Read morePublished on May 18, 2007
I am a young adult librarian- and I am stunned this book does not have any negative reviews. This book has a laundry list of inexcusable issues: the character of the mother is as... Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by Marian T. Mctrusty
oh god. this girl reminds me of my freind. its almost scary. i loved this book. everyone. if you havent read it. go out and buy it now. cause seriously. its amazing. Read morePublished on October 4, 2006