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Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  7,890 ratings  ·  1,084 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 Kat ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published March 14th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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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 w
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Omg this was ridiculous
Thanks to Ariel for the recommendation via this episode of Books Unbound Podcast https://open.spotify.com/episode/3yVU...

Book 12 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge.
Oct 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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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
Suzie Toumeh
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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...

Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2009
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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
Entertaining and cute short story (Everything under 200pages is a short story for me). Not really something I would´ve bought if I bothered to read review/description. Still a solid 3stars.

Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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 -- altho ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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 sto
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. ...more
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
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
It's obvious in hindsight that a book whose premise is a girl-turned-fly watching the scene from the ceiling of the boys locker room would be all about sex. But I was still taken aback, especially since all the lustiness came out of nowhere. The first half of the book is character exposition, meet poor awkward comics-obsessed Gretchen. She turns into a fly, sees her first naked male classmate, and WHAM! Lusty lustfullness. Naked, naked, naked.

Sidenote: And yet, even with all this nudity, male g
Apr 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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
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 whe
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so cute and fun!
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wer
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-english
"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 i
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 fail
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

So apparently, this is some sort of retelling of Kafka's The Metamorphosis but with a feminist twist... Honestly, this was just a lot of voyeurism and male nudity. Still quite enjoyable, though (obviously not the protagonist's inspection of and comparison between various genitalia). I kept waiting for something big to happen... but well. Did anything big ever happen in The Metamorphosis?
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.
Najwa | najreads
Way too cliche and predictable. But it was fast-paced so, points for that.
Shivani Verma
Jan 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, 2022-reads
3.75 ⭐️

It’s quite interesting how a girl turns into a fly and is in the boys locker room of her high school. She observes lots of things that is going on and reflects upon that. It’s pretty fast paced. Not at all boring. I liked how it ends. Pretty cool.

Well, my only complaint is the way the students call human body parts especially boys genitals and girls breasts as something weird - like I get it you want to be funny here or you just want to make up names when you are in high school but it bo
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 ap ...more
Mara (Sh....)
Mar 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
For some reason i thought it would be interesting to read a novel about a girl becoming a fly in order to explore the boy’s locker room. The funny and modern version of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis in other words. This book could be hilarious, fascinating, amusing. I was wrong. It ended up being awkward, not funny, dull, boring, a complete disaster.

Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reading
Not nearly as compelling as We Were Liars. Interesting concept though!
Jan 08, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it’s so bad, i want to give you a zero. but that’s not possible. so i give you a one.
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E. Lockhart is the author of Again Again, Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars and Family of Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and several other books. Whistle: A New Gotham CIty Hero is a graphic novel.

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