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Fly on the Wall [Kindle Edition]

Emily Lockhart
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"It's about standing up for what and who you believe in. I couldn't put it down" (Sue Magee The Bookbag)

"I love books like this: funny and unrealistic, with a life lesson or two hidden away . . . Hilarious and ridiculous, makes for one heck of an interesting read" (Wondrous Reads)

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Laugh-out-loud hilarity from acclaimed author E. Lockhart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 229 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385732821
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038AUYU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny! 15 Jun 2009
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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 on 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 26 Aug 2011
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Sixteen-year old Gretchen Yee is a pretty typical teenager. Sort of. She attends the Manhattan High School for the Arts, otherwise known as Ma-Ha. There, she gets to take not only the normal, everyday classes of Literature and PE, but also Drawing and Sculpture. Gretchen is a great artist, and she's especially partial to the comic-book style of drawing. Not to mention that her personal hero is Spiderman. She has a best friend name Katya, who now seems to spend all her time either hanging out with the poseurs behind the school, smoking cigarettes, or babysitting her three younger sisters.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 13 Aug 2014
By Lucy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
3rd or 4th time reading this now, it's a great teen read and really different to cliche books, definately something I would recommend.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book! 1 May 2008
Format:Paperback
This novel is fantastically inventive and still somehow down-to-earth. Gretchen's experience of being a fly is fascinating, and it's great to see how it changes her life.

Thoroughly recommended. Read it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 17 Jan 2007
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sixteen-year old Gretchen Yee is a pretty typical teenager. Sort of. She attends the Manhattan High School for the Arts, otherwise known as Ma-Ha. There, she gets to take not only the normal, everyday classes of Literature and PE, but also Drawing and Sculpture. Gretchen is a great artist, and she's especially partial to the comic-book style of drawing. Not to mention that her personal hero is Spiderman. She has a best friend name Katya, who now seems to spend all her time either hanging out with the poseurs behind the school, smoking cigarettes, or babysitting her three younger sisters.

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. Who knew that Titus, the object of her undying affections, gets tired of hearing his friends talk bad about homosexuals? Or that Malachy, a guy she'd never paid much attention to before, has secretly been dating her best friend? Or that one of the Art Poseurs is [..] Or that she'd spent so much time wondering if she was invisible, all the time being crushed on by a guy she'd never seen before?

FLY ON THE WALL is funny, honest, and a totally fun read. Who wouldn't wish, just once, to have a fly's-eye-view of the inner sanctum of the teenage male? For Gretchen, her time as a fly teaches her a lot about not only the male species, but her own wishes, desires, and needs. A real winner!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fly on the wall 21 Jun 2009
By YA book lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a huge fan of E. Lockharts, but I have to admit, at first I couldn't quite get into this book. Maybe because of its artsy-ish tone - the heroine Gretchen Yee is a student at the Manhattan Art School, so everything about her (and for that matter everybody in the school) is art orientated and I can't quite identify with imaginative and artistic types. Maybe because of a bizarre twist in the middle, when the story becomes somewhat fantasy-like - Gretchen finds that her wish of becoming a fly on the wall a boys locker room, quite literally comes true.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Fun Fast Read 25 Aug 2011
By Dottie Randazzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, fun, and a dose of heart too. 18 Nov 2008
By Mark Gilman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought fly on the wall was a fun romp. It was a clever twist to take a introverted, heady character and make manifest the sorts of fantasies that teens have. Gretchen, being a loner in a school of weirdos definitely makes it hard for someone who feels they are on the outside to not identify with her. I liked how Lockhart focused on the inner monologue of the character, showing the constant list of running thoughts. It's easy to identify with the misunderstood, frightened, insecure Gretchen, allowing you to go on the short, strange trip of one week in a boy's locker room.

It's a fun piece of fantasy. But the events it describes feel pretty real. The cruelty, teasing, and vulnerability among the male characters all rang true for me. It's a sweet quick read. I don't know If it will transform girls' lives, but it will make them more secure that boys are human just like them--and that honest sharing is the best route to happiness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fly's eyes 18 Nov 2008
By William Welker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought that this book had a very interesting premise. The idea that a teenage girl can learn about the life of boys in a way alternative to the traditional winding up in the backseat of a college guy's ford focus. I'm not too familiar with writing from the perspective of a female teen, but I found it interesting how Lockhart addressed the topic of lust and hormones.

There are many lessons in the book, portrayed in a very honest and down to earth fashion. Obviously divorce is a big issue among teens, both boys and girls - I felt that this story nodded successfully at this particular issue. It's a very fish out of water oriented story, depicting the ever so awkward years of a teenage girl and the angst such a character typically faces.

The book also presents one of the most underrated problems in a young teenage girl's life - neglect from her peers. Neglect is considered by many to be the number one form of bullying in American schools, but is rarely addressed. This story would find a nice home in the hands of a mature middle school student as an independent reading project.
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