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I Am the Wallpaper (Readers Circle) Paperback – February 27, 2007
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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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I enjoyed reading I Am the Wallpaper because it was a fun and lighthearted book that nevertheless had a solid storyline that kept me wondering how on earth Floey would overcome her latest batch of problems. I would recommend this book to almost anyone looking for a sweet story, though it may be a bit mature for the younger readers. I could not change anything about this book to make it better! Mark Peter Hughes has really mastered the "13-year-old-girl's-diary" style...I found myself drawn into the trials of Floey's life from page one.
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She decides to turn over a new leaf and become the new and improved Floey. A daring Floey with funky colored hair and a dashing fashion sense. An alluring Floey who captivates would-be cowboy poets with her imaginative haiku.
But what really happens is that even her best friends Wen and Azra are more confused than supportive of the new Floey. And the poet? He's got a girlfriend. And the boys who do admire and follow around the new Floey? A pack of ten year olds.
Then things get really out of hand. Floey discovers why the pack of young boys has been following her around - her neighbor conspired with her visiting cousins to post her entire life online: her diary, embarrassing pictures, the whole nine yards. Everything.
So, what's a girl to do? Floey does her best to exact some revenge and get her life back together. And just when everything seems like it couldn't get any worse, things start to improve. Floey, whether new and improved or not, is a darling character who will keep readers laughing.
I recommend this book for girls 10 and up or for anyone who's ever felt like the world just doesn't understand them.
Her change starts when her best friend, Azra, sends a picture of her posing in a tiny bra to her Aunt Sarah. But that's not all. Her sister suddenly gets married and Floey experiences a beyond embarrassing moment (after meeting her dream boy).
Most unfortunately, Aunt Sarah's notorious cousins are staying for three weeks. (Yikes!) And suddenly, people are noticing Floey. She is no longer the wallpaper behind her fab sister. But then Floey finds out that her private diary has been posted on a web site called [...]
Floey is furious at first, but later she is torn between taking down the web site or leaving it up for the world to see. She likes being noticed and she doesn't want to go back to being the wallpaper again. But then some drastic events cause her to make a decision. Does she want to continue being the star of the show or should she return to be her old self?
I really enjoyed this book. I could really relate to it and I understood what Floey was going through. I reccomend this to any girl. Life is full of surprises.