Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fly on the Wall- E. Lockhart


E. Lockhart is a great author- I've enjoyed everything I've read by her.  She has delightfully weird characters and her writing style is funny and direct.  Fly on the Wall is no different.
In this tale, Gretchen is a bit of an outcast at her arts school because she's more into comic book art than other types of art.  Her teachers don't particularly like her style of drawing, and her love of Spiderman is ridiculed.  Most of the other kids think she's weird, and considering she goes to an arts school, that's kind of sad.  But Gretchen is a well-meaning, lovable character who is desperately trying to understand boys, a seemingly impossible task.
There is one in particular who she especially likes- Titus.  One day she fleetingly wishes she could be a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room so she can see what really goes on in there, and what do you know? For a week, her wish comes true.
At first Gretchen is terrified by her new form, but she does learn to put it to good use.  She listens to their conversations, watches them change, pick on each other, talk about girls they liked and didn't like, along with the other locker room shenanigans. 
She develops a sense of empathy for certain boys and learns about the hierarchy among them.  She watches Titus, and although he is not the perfect male specimen, she finds that her feelings for him grow as he is also empathetic and kind-hearted.  Everything is a bit distorted through her fly eyes, but she does learn quite a bit and even catches a few boys talking about her (and favorably!).  Since she's a fly, she isn't in class, and so some people are wondering where she is.

This was a quick read, and the character development and plotting are good.  It's also quite funny at times and hard to put down.  I started laughing from the first page, and while some of the topics were more serious (bullying, discrimination, etc), the books was overall lighthearted and fun.

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