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Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything

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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  6,369 ratings  ·  818 reviews
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 ...more
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Published 2006 by Random House/Listening Library
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Ariel
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I've said this before, but before joining booktube at least 50% of my yearly reading was made up of rereads. Everyone reads for different reasons, and it enjoys it in different ways, but for me, it was always about finding those special places that felt like home and then getting to visit them again and again and again.

After joining booktube my reading changed a lot, for the better and the different. I found myself rereading way less because I wanted to try and keep up with all the new books I
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Maritza
Oct 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Kaila
5/5 stars

I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. It was so short and concise, but I was as emotionally invested in the story as I would have been in a full length novel. I was immediately excited to read this book when I read the premise. Basically, a girl is literally turned into a fly on the boys lockeroom wall. What a hilarious premise!! I had such a fun time reading this book and couldn't help but laugh out loud at so mnay points. The narration was witty, very relatable and also sarcastic. This has to
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Tatiana
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
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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 oriented and I can't quite identify with imaginative and artistic types. Or maybe because of a bizarre twist in the middle, when the story becomes somewhat fantasy-like - Gretchen finds that
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Yoda
Entertaining and cute short story (Everything under 200pages is a short story for me). Not really something I wouldve bought if I bothered to read review/description. Still a solid 3stars.



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Suzie Toumeh
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, humor, fantasy
Let me start by saying THIS IS NOT ROMANCE.. I mean it's about becoming a fly for a week. I can't really see what's so romantic in that.

My favorite part of the book was "Orange and Up Yours" who are two weird guys but Lockhart kinda forgot about them...

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Abby
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Fast read -- I read it in literally less than one hour. Gretchen is a shy, standoffish teen who loves reading & drawing superhero comics and attends a Manhattan magnet school for the arts. Feeling confused by her feelings toward Titus, a skinny Art Rat boy, and out of place in her school, she blurts out her wish to be a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room. And does she ever get her wish! Funny, smart, and uncharacteristically honest and straightforward about straight teen girl lust -- ...more
Liz Janet
Feb 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A feminist re-working of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Not much else to say except that.
Abi
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purged-from-read
Literally this woman could publish her shopping lists and I would like it.
Casey
This book was given to me as an ARC by Allen and Unwin in exchange for am honest review


Fly on the Wall is wacky and strange and fantastic and weird just like being a teenager in all honesty.

Fly on the wall is a super fast read staring Gretchen. Gretchen is a bi racial, comic book loving, art student that is surrounding by so many out there students she feels like she's not edgy enough in her "normal" clothing.

Gretchen is 15 and just figuring out how in the heck relationships with boys work, the
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Adira
I gave this book 3.5 stars.

This is exactly the type of story I would have gravitated toward as a teenager. The main character, Gretchen, is a typical self-proclaimed "nobody" artist in a high school full of talented artistic types. At the start of the book, she feels like she could disappear and no one would notice, but thanks to a transformation of sorts, she realizes that everyone suffers from insecurities. This book is reminiscent of Kafka's The Metamorphoses however, the characters in this
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, audible
Sometimes venturing into an author’s backlist is like being Charlie let into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and getting to eat many tasty chocolates. Sometimes, though, you feel more like August Gloop, regretful of your life choices but unable to escape. With regards to Fly on the Wall, you can call me Gus. Fly on the Wall is a hot mess of shockingly bad young adult fiction to the degree that I cannot conceive of how anyone ever liked it enough for it to get published.



Fly on the Wall is the
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Amy
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book apprehensively. I love Lockhart's most recent work but I wasn't enthralled by the synopsis of Fly on the Wall. However, when I saw this was being released with a new cover to match those published by Hot Key Books I had to pick up a copy.

Even though Fly on the Wall is written in a heavily laid back, comical tone which is very different to what I am used to in Lockhart's writing I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Gretchen Yee studies at the Manhattan High School for the Art
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Miyuki-isb
Apr 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Amy
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-literature
This book was brought to my attention by a parent who thought it was inappropriate for a middle school library so I read it. The jury is still out. I enjoyed the story line, which is a girl named Gretchen who goes to an artsy school. She doesn't understand boys and makes a wish to be a fly on the wall in the boys locker room. For whatever reason it comes true. She spends a week as a fly and sees and hears a lot of things. She talks about what the boys look like (she likes to refer to their parts ...more
Rexanne
If I can't change myself back, then I'll be an insect forever, buzzing against the windowpane, living out my now-puny life expectancy confined to a freakin' locker room.

It's definitely not what I expected.

I chose to purchase this book blindly-that is, without even looking at the synopsis at the back. I bought it because I was attracted by the cover and, to be honest, by E. Lockhart's name. Suffice it to say that my initial thoughts about it were completely off-course, haha. My expectations
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Heather
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Once again, E.Lockhart has earned major kudos for her frank and honest dialog and for her genuine and oh so realistic characters.

Gretchen is insecure, as so many teen girls are, though she posses above average drawing skills for her age, and has been attending an arts focused magnet school, which is highly competitive. Gretchen fills invisible, after all, when everyone is unique, no one is. She doesn't fit in, and despite her efforts to make herself an individual, she feels as though she is
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Ari
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lmao so many ppl be complaining about how this book is immature and the main character is child like and maybe it IS but I love it anyway., but it's also a very easy and quick read (which is gr8 for me bc I'm in a reading slump and finishing a book in two days is a miracle) and it's funny too! after the first part I kept wondering if Gretchen would ever finish Metamorphosis, and liek, really relate to Gregor, but alas it didn't happen. another 'alas': we don't get to know what happened to Xavier ...more
Ely
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just not my cup of tea.
Najwa (najreads)
Way too cliche and predictable. But it was fast-paced so, points for that.
Zeenat
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book without reading the synopsis and I was suprised when the title was not a metaphor. It took me a while to see the point of it, but I finally understood how Gretchen learned from the experience of turning into a fly. There is something I never thought I would say. There were some plot holes and the ending felt a bit forced and inaccurate. However, I still enjoyed it.
Karin
Gretchen Yee, a student at Manhattan High School for the Arts, is hanging out by herself more now that her best friend is hanging out with the Art Rats, Sophomore boys who are drawing majors, and has a crush on Titus. She draws spiderman at lunch time so she can be by herself, but also wishes she could be a fly on the wall on the boys locker room so that she can see and hear what goes on, which ties into their studying Metamorphosis in Literature. She gets her wish, and things are not as they ...more
Georgi_Lvs_Books
I really enjoyed this read.

It was different and funny.

I’ve been reading a few horror’s as it’s October. So it was a nice change to read something like this.
Renee Doucette
Not nearly as compelling as We Were Liars. Interesting concept though!
Rachelle Alinsod
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet. And it was funny too.
Kelly
Mar 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Full review at http://yannabe.com/2010/03/26/review-...

Summary: 16-year-old Gretchen doesn’t fit in at The Manhattan School for Art and Music, something weird is going on between her parents, and her best friend seems to be avoiding her.

Review: This one was just okay for me.

I was liking the story until about halfway through when the action slowed way down. I’m not spoiling anything you can’t get from the Amazon description—and maybe I’m outing myself as a jaded old married lady—but in
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Regina
E. Lockhart is one of the best young adult novelists writing today. She is somehow able to capture what it is like to be a teenager -- complete with family issues and tension, friendship problems and boy-angst. She writes in a way that is fun, easy to read and humorous. Fly on the Wall is not my favorite of Lockhart, but it is darned good.

Fly on the Wall is a very short book, the audio is only about 5 hours but is superbly done. The setting is New York City and an art based charter school. The
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Samantha
This book was so good, but so weird!
The beginning was a bit rough, because the main character, Gretchen, is pretty annoying, but can I just say CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! Gretchen started off as this self centered, self pitying, jerk who didn’t think about anyone complexly. She made everything about her, and never stopped to look at anyone else’s point of view.
Then, when she’s turned into a fly inside of the boy’s locker-room and put into a situation where she was watching these character’s
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Annamaria
"People think of hearts when they think of love, but a heart is a bloody organ in the body. It doesn't have any emotions. It's like a metaphor for love that has nothing to do with what love actually is."

I thought that Fly on the wall would have been an interesting book looking at human behaviour through the eyes of a young girl. How do boys act differently than girls? Are there ways to conciliate these differences? Are there similarities? Instead I was given a book about a girl wishing to turn
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Tracy
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first-person POV is charming, engaging and solid: Gretchen Yee's character is believable and likable from the start. E. Lockhart stays focused on Gretchen's transformations from "ordinary" school girl to locker-room fly to self-confident and conscientious young woman. The references to Kafka add to the literary quality. Sure, you could question the believability of Gretchen's week as an insect, but why? It's terribly fun voyeurism and exceptionally revealing (no pun intended) for the ...more
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E. Lockhart is the author of Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.

website: www.emilylockhart.com
Liars site: www.wewereliars.com
blog: www.theboyfriendlist.com
Twitter: elockhart
“I love the idea of the big life - the life that matters, the life that makes a difference. The life where stuff happens, where people take action. The opposite of the life where the girl can't even speak to the boy she likes; the opposite of the life where the friends aren't even good friends, and lots of days are wasted away feeling bored and kind of okay, like nothing matters much.” 77 likes
“People think of hearts when they think of love, but a heart is a bloody organ in the body. It doesn't have any emotions. It's like a metaphor for love that has nothing to do with what love actually is.” 35 likes
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