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FLY ON THE WALL by E. Lockhart

FLY ON THE WALL

By E. Lockhart

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: March 14th, 2006
ISBN: 0-385-73281-3
Publisher: Delacorte

While many kids may feel ignored and invisible, Gretchen actually becomes a fly and spends her insect life in the locker room of the boys’ gym. Fortunately for readers, the first section of the story introduces her so-called normal life as an art student at Manhattan High School for the Arts. Coming from a blended family that is rapidly disintegrating into separate quarters for each parent, Gretchen finds comfort in her drawings of comics, especially Spidey. She suffers from a crush on Titus, another Art Rat, and her homework assignment of Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.” Time spent as a fly watching boys change into and out of gym clothes gives Gretchen a perspective that no other girl has on the boys’ real characters, their hairy behinds and the nitty-gritty of certain puzzles, such as Titus’s self-consciousness about his gay parents. Rather than focusing on the hocus-pocus of being an insect, it’s all about the new point of view. Unresolved are the issues from when two boys get beat up by a bully, but Gretchen emerges to make some changes in herself and her world as a result of her new perspective. Fine fun for fans of both Kafka and Spiderman. (Fiction. YA)