From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–Things aren't going too well for E. Lockart's 16-year-old protagonist, Gretchen Yee. Not only have her parents just announced they're divorcing and her best friend, Katya, seems to be avoiding her, but she's also doing poorly in English and hasn't read the assigned Metamorphosis
by Kafka. Maybe it would be better to be a Fly on the Wall
(Delacorte, 2006). When she wakes up to find herself a fly in the boy's locker room, her response is a mix of comic book super hero fantasy and panic about her future. When the boys start arriving for gym class, her thoughts turn to inspecting male anatomy. In time, she discovers an unexpected admirer and learns about some guy problems, including one that affects Titus, her love interest. With her parents away, no one questions her disappearance and whatever mysterious force has turned her into an insect returns her to her own bed in a few days. By then Gretchen has learned lessons about patience and she has a new understanding about her relationships with friends and family. Catlin Greer narrates with convincing teen wistfulness and anger that reflects the teen artist's inner turmoil. While this novel isn't exactly parallel with Kafka's classic, it does explore the same feelings of uncertainty and isolation. Gretchen's descriptions of boys below the belt and her occasional four-letter expletives make this atypical fantasy best suited for mature high school audiences.–Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
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Praise for fly on the wall:
“I think this might be the best YA novel…I’ve ever read. It’s hilarious, and it’s so very smart. I mean, I’m serious…It’s really amazing.”—John Green, author of the New York Times
bestseller The Fault in Our Stars
“A super-smart, super-sweet, and super-fantastic read.”—Sarah Mlynowski, author of Don’t Even Think About It
“With an appropriate nod and wink to Kafka, this unexpectedly sharp comedy charts its own metamorphosis.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“Fast-paced, hysterically funny, and a pleasure to read.”—Teenreads.com
“Fine fun for fans of both Kafka and Spider-Man.”—Kirkus Reviews
IRA Young Adult Book ChoiceFrom the Hardcover edition.