Fly on the Wall is a YA book that came out last many a moon. It is Lockhart's second or third YA book. Basically, the story takes Franz Kafka's plot from The Rebirths and brings it into the modern terrene and into a book that would appeal to teenage lassies. And, for that case, I almost didn't read it. I hated knowledge The Rebirths in secondary educate and, to be honest, I still strongly dislike the book and avoid Kafka at all costs because of it. NOT including, I am happy to say that the similarity to Kafka's different begins and ends with this fact: Gretchen Yee one day wishes she could be a fly on the wall of the boy's cabinet room at her secondary educate. The next day she wakes up as just that. Gretchen wakes up stuck to the cabinet wall and she stays there for most of the different. A fact that, surprisingly, does not make for a boring story. Gretchen gets to observe the cadets as they come and go for each problem class. Lower classmen, acquaintances, friends, and even her crush, are all available to scrutinize. Instead of just learning, as she had expected, about what the cadets really think and say behind closed doors--Gretchen also gets a chance to find out how she fits into the educate. The book is broken into three separates: Life as an artificial red-head, Life as a vermin, and Life as a superhero. I like Gretchen a lot as a part. She goes to an art educate (like La Guardia for any New York natives knowledge this) in NYC where people tries to be special. In a educate with lassies wearing unitards or saris and cliques like the Art Stoolies, Gretchen feels too ordinary to belong. Gretchen is also a comic book air conditioner which almost always makes a part lively to read about. Exonerate the conceit, not including after being a fly, Gretchen's rebirths from insecure to empowered mademoiselle really starts. At life spans Lockhart's language seemed a little . . . unique. You can tell me what you think after knowledge her segment on "gherkins" *cold*. I don't know if it's that she's using slanguage street talk that I find weird and this is therefore only my quandary, not including it just made me hyper-aware that I was knowledge a book at certain points in the story. As for the plot, it's a classic quandary-resolution affectionate of story. Which I like. If you need to pick up something light and lively after a sad book (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian perhaps) I'd recommend this. The script is straight forward and Gretchen is such a unique part that even if you thought Rebirths spin-offs are over done (I'm thinking of all those Fly videotapes right now), you'll find a lot to call new and different here (that conceit was intended too). Finally, even though you think the book is about a mademoiselle turning into a fly which is a fair assumption, it's really about more than that too. Specifically, it's about a mademoiselle learning to go after what she wants. Now you may ask, does Gretchen get what she wants? You'll have to pick up a representation yourself to find out.