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Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart
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Sep 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-read, ya-lgbt
Read in September, 2009

This is not truly an LGBT book, but does contain a gay element which is crucial to the development of the plot and storyline. Lockhart writes an interesting take on Kafka's "Metamorphosis" involving a teenage girl's ability to become a fly on the wall of the boys' locker room in high school. She almost forces the foreshadowing of the girl-to-fly change, but in a YA book it seems to work. Of most interest is the delicate hand she uses to allow the protagonist to process the meaning of the change.

The one problem I had with the book could involve a spoiler, but I'll try to avoid that. She does not allow Gretchen, the bi-racial child of a Chinese-American father and Jewish mother who are about to be divorced, to directly address a racial injustice between a young man with a decidedly German name and two black males who are into African dance. Given the protagonist's reaction to the abuse, it just seemed to be unfinished business by the end of the book.

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