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23 July 2006 @ 07:21 am
E. Lockhart’s FLY ON THE WALL (4.5 stars)  
In E. Lockhart’s FLY ON THE WALL, 16 year old Gretchen Yee doesn’t feel like she belongs. In fact, she’s feeling a bit like a Vermin, just one of the hundreds of ordinary students attending the Manhattan High School for the Arts. She doesn’t play any sports. She loves to draw Spiderman, muscles and everything. And she’ll never pick up smoking like her best friend Katya, who’s abandoned her to hang out with the Art Rats.

But when her mom takes off on vacation, the strangest thing happens to Gretchen—she wakes up as a fly on the wall in the boy’s locker room. Of all places! Gross, right? Yet some might call it the opportunity of a lifetime. In this modern day adaptation of Franz Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS, Lockhart gives us a glimpse into the world as Gretchen sees it, no interruptions, no interactions, just eyes, eyes, eyes and everything they’re able to see.

With spot-on accuracy and cutthroat humor, Lockhart takes advantage of a young girl’s inability to speak and takes us straight into her thoughts about a world she, like many girls, has never experienced. Her stream of consciousness takes her down a road she’d never imagined possible, one which scares her to death while at the same time giving her the perfect chance to think about boys, her desires, her life, and what exactly it is that she loves most in this world.

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Angelina41: P & P 2005 - Lizzie Readingangelina41 on July 23rd, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
Hello!

I'm a teen librarian in Texas, and I added you because I read some reviews on your blog and they're very thoughtful.

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Newport2Newport: fainting couchnewport2newport on July 23rd, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
How cool is that?!?
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on July 23rd, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
The capital C kind.
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on July 23rd, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's so cool to know that these reviews are useful. That's why I do them. I'd love nothing more than every young adult in the world to have a good book in their hands. I hope the reviews continue to be of help.
dancewriteredenzdream on July 23rd, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
But...a bathroom? Sounds like sensationalizing the plot. Couldn't it have been in a hallway? A family room? Even the kid's bedroom. Now, I haven't read it, but I probably won't, because it annoys me that someone would pick a place just SO it sounds Oooh, WOW...so that someone will pick it up and read it.

I know. I sound cranky. Maybe I am today.

Your review, as always, is informative and of service.
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on July 23rd, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought at first too. But strategically for her plot, one would be hard pressed to find a place a girl would be able to observe as many people as a locker room/bathroom. It actually is more of a locker room than a bathroom, so I added that to the review. Sorry for any confusion.