Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book 56 of '10 Fly on the Wall by E Lockhart

Dust Jacket Description:

"At the Manhattan School for Art and Music, where everyone is “different” and everyone is “special,” Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. She’s the kind of girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of Spider-Man, so she won’t have to talk to anyone; who has a crush on Titus but won’t do anything about it; who 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 do they really talk about? Are they really cretins most of the time?
Fly on the Wall is the story of how that wish comes true."



Characters: Gretchen Yee is funny and blunt in everything that she sees in the boy's locker room. She's similar to every other E. Lockhart heroine I've read. A feminist, geeky, sassy teenage girl who is different enough from the norm that she's refreshing to read. Titus, Gretchen's crush, however, is the only non asshole love interest I've read of Lockhart's. He's multi-layered and it's lovely to see in a YA novel. Katya is also a nice differing character. There's nothing complex here, but it's a relief from the cliched YA archetypes nonetheless. 4 flowers.

Writing:
Funny and surprising. E Lockhart always knew how to create a world that's real with sharp, shockingly obvious twists. Somehow the feminism is enlightening as opposed to suffocating, which I've seen in plenty of YA books. Lockhart's made me proud once again. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot:
Realism fantasy that falls slightly flat, to be honest. I was sketchy about the premise from the beginning. It's bizarre handled a little too normally for my taste. I like my bizarre to be treated like it's crazy. 3 and a half flowers.

End:
Predictable and cute. Just what I wanted. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description:
Actually kind of clever and accurate. I'm impressed. 4 and a half flowers.

Cover:
Generic. And it could've been such a shocking cover, too. 3 flowers.

Overall:
It's easy to tell this is Lockhart's debut novel. It's fluffier than her other stuff but good regardless. 4 flowers.


1 comment:

  1. ok I've had this book on my TBR list for FOREVER. I need to hurry up and read it, especially since I LOVE The Disreptuable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

    I agree though, this cover had some serious shockworthy/awesome potential and it falls flat.

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