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Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything Paperback – November 13, 2007
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“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 Choice
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Top Customer Reviews
When it comes to the opposite sex, though, Gretchen has no idea what she's doing. Actually, she doesn't even know what they're doing half the time. Her parents are in the throes of a divorce, she has no close male friends, and her kind-of ex-boyfriend, Shane, now spends most of his time acting like an idiot. How can she ever know what goes on inside a guy's head when they act like such total morons most of the time?
After casually mentioning one day after school that she wished she could be a fly on the wall in the boy's locker room, something really, really strange happens. Gretchen wakes up the next morning as, you guessed it, a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room. Never mind the fact that she can't wrap her mind (her own mind, thank goodness, not a fly mind) around what's happened, now she spends several hours every day seeing high-school guys get naked! In front of her! Without clothes! And she can't close her eyes because her fly-body has no eyelids!
Needless to say, the things Gretchen sees and hears inside the boy's locker room at Ma-Ha are (ha!ha!) eye-opening, to say the least.Read more ›
However the story really takes off (at least in my opinion) when we start learning about the world of male relationships, insecurities, secrets - the world which is a mystery to me up to this day. From then on the book is very hard to put down.
The major themes of all Lockhart's creations - facing difficulties instead of hiding from them, taking charge of ones life, and women empowerment - are very present in this book and delivered very well.
Another great book by E. Lockhart. Not the best written by her, but still worth your attention.
P.S. For those parents who monitor their kids' reading, this book has some mature content - male "attributes" are discussed quite openly, but without being inappropriate in my opinion.
Gretchen is also lonely and confused. Her best friend is more and more distant and the boys at her school-like her crush the fantastically amazing and artistic and offbeat Titus? Well, they don't make any sense either.
Then Gretchen makes an idle wish to spend one week as a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room not expecting much to change.* But sometimes, wishes don't like to stay idle. Sometimes they like to come true.
Life as a vermin isn't much more glamorous than life as an artificial redhead. But it's certainly more informative. Gretchen gets to observe the boys as they come and go for each gym class. Lower classmen, acquaintances, friends, and even her crush, are all available to scrutinize. Instead of just learning, as she had expected, about what the boys really look like under those baggy jeans and t-shirts and what they really think and say behind closed doors-Gretchen also gets a chance to find out how she fits into the school.
When the week is over Gretchen might have even learned enough to live life not as an artificial redhead or a vermin but as a superhero.
I like Gretchen a lot as a character. She is also a comic book fan which almost always makes a character fun to read about. Excuse the pun, but after being a fly, Gretchen's metamorphosis from insecure to empowered girl really starts.
At times Lockhart's language seemed a little . . . unique.Read more ›
It teaches us that appearances can be deceiving and that we should be more understanding of others. Also that the way other people see us is not the same as the way we see ourselves.
I am a teenager and I completely disagree with the parents who say this book is "pornographic". Trust me, if your kid goes to high school, he/ she already knows way more than you think.
Anyway, I recommend reading this book by E. but also the rest of her books because they are even better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually cried at one point and laughed throughout. This is good PG-13 rated writing. I loved the concept of the story.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lockhart is more known for her boyfriend book but this one is my absolute favorite. I would highly recommend this book to adults and young adults alike.Published 10 months ago by Selina Leasure
A relatively interesting read. I struggled to bond with the main character, especially after discovering that she hates it when people kill flies just because they’re there. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
A great switch on the Freaky Friday switcheroo, with the added bonus that guys get a bit of a dose of their own objectification/body classification medicine!Published 18 months ago by Hostess of Iniquity
This was a fun and light read. There were definitely some good messages in there. The story had heart. The characters were well thought out and real. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jayme Beddingfield
It's short, but doesn't have very much plot. It's supposed to be about a girl who Franz Kafka's into a fly, so she can know what boys are really like, what they talk about, what... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric Juneau
Gretchen Yee goes to Manhattan High School for the Arts to pursue her art dreams. She feels different and ordinary from all her other classmates, and doesn’t really know how to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rin