Monday, 15 June 2009

Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart

From Amazon: At the Manhattan School for Arts, where everyone is 'different' and everyone is 'special', Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. She sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of spider-man, so she won't have to talk to anyone; has a crush on Titus but won't do anything about it and has no one to hang out with when her best (and only real) friend Katya is busy. One day, Gretchen wishes that she could be a fly on the wall in the boys' locker room - just to learn more about guys. What are they really like? What are they really cretins most of the time? Fly on the Wall is the story of how that wish comes true.

I love books like this: funny and unrealistic, with a life lesson or two hidden away. I'm sure everyone has wished they could be a fly on the wall at one point or another, though, unfortunately, it probably never came true. The idea that it could is both hilarious and ridiculous, and makes for one heck of an interesting read.

Gretchen is my kind of character: she's sarcastic yet wise, and is still trying to find her place in a school that is a little too into diversity. Her thoughts as a fly had me laughing out loud, as did the references to 'gherkins' and 'biscuits' (certain parts of the male and female anatomy, i'm sure you can guess which). I also loved all the male characters, especially Titus and Brat. Titus is greek god-like, and Brat is the quiet boy who is always ignored. It turns out they both have appearance hang-ups and secrets, and all are revealed to Gretchen, who has wings and an eye that can see everything (yes, everything).

Fly on the Wall shows us that how someone appears on the surface is just the beginning, and so much more can be hidden beneath clothes and macho tough guy acts. It takes voyeurism to the next level, and will surely make every reader regard flies in a different way. Next time you see one in the locker room, cover up quick -- you never know who it might be!

12 comments:

Kate said...

This sounds like such a fun read! Gretchen sounds like a fun character. Thanks for the great review :)

Chicklish said...

Oh, I really loved this book! Thanks for the great review! I hadn't thought of looking differently at flies now - hmm, I've just chased one out of the window. Hope it didn't mind. ;)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I loved this book. E. Lockhart is a comic genius!

a flight of minds said...

I remember reading this book and not really getting it. It was too out there for my closed 13 year old mind. :P I really want to reread it now though, cause your review makes it sound really interesting and comical. Thanks!

- Alex

Linna said...

I'd never heard of E. Lockhart, and I really want to read something hilarious. It seems this novel is a good choice. Nice review. :D

Thao said...

This sounds super fun and look at the cover. I'm so determined to get this. Nice review, Jenny.

Jo said...

Awesome review, Jenny! This sounds like such an amazing read! I need to get myself a copy!

Andrea said...

I love just about anything by e. lockhart but I haven't gotten around to this one yet. Sounds really good.

BTW, I have an award for you. :)

Bookworm said...

This sounds so good, I totally need to read it!!!! *major book lust*

21 said...

*Chuckles* Great review! That sounds hi-larious.

Eli said...

Haha, love the review! Now I wanna check it out. :)

Melanie said...

This looks like a really interesting read! I've never heard of it.