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I Am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes
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Jun 23, 2010

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Floey Parker’s me-first middle school arrogance is funny enough to be tolerable. But there’s not much reason to sympathize with her. The same goes for just about everybody else in this frequently fun but haphazard story.

A few characters stand out as annoying: older sister Lilian is an attention-seeking whiner. Younger cousins Richard and Tish are devious manipulators. They supposedly gain favor once Floey decides to team up with them. The worst of their pre-teen terrorism – cyber bullying with sexual implications – is disturbing both for its impact, and the half-hearted manner in which it’s half-resolved.

Floey’s only 13, but that’s apparently old enough to fit right into a high school party that quickly turns abusive. And our library book cover features a girl who seems older, in a pose that’s light years more provocative than it needs to be. With this type of lead-in, it’s plain to see how the cyber fetishes develop.

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