Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything
By E. Lockhart
November 13, 2007
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 182 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
Fly on the Wall is the story of every teenager.
Okay, so not EVERY teenager gets turned into a fly Metamorphasis style. But every teen feels self-doubt, is body-conscious and panics about the future. Which is what this story is really about.
Beyond the comic book-lovin’ and boy-mistrustin’ nature of Gretchen Lee is a very self-conscious everyteen. She’s clueless about how others see her…and clueless about BOYS. Through a very unrealistic turn of events, she comes to learn some lessons all teens could stand to learn.
E. Lockhart tells the story with plenty of four-letter words and some, um, interesting anatomical descriptions. But it’s really hilarious and dirty and all sorts of awesome, and if parents can get around their kids reading about that, I think this is a book all 14-year-olds should read. Love it.
And if you haven’t read it yet, check out Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. You won’t regret it!