Release Date: 8th September, 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
At the Manhattan School of Art and Music, where everyone is unique and everyone is ‘different’, Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. It doesn’t help that she’s known as the girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of her favourite superhero, just so she won’t have to talk to anyone. Her best (and only real) friend is there for her, but that’s only if she’s not busy – she’s always busy!
It’s no surprise that Gretchen isn’t exactly successful in the boy department. Her ex-boyfriend is a cold-fish-sometimes-flirty ex who she can’t stop bumping into. Plus, she has a massive crush on a boy named, Titus but is too scared to make the first move. One minute he seems like a sensitive guy, the next, he’s a completely different person when he’s with his friends. She can’t seem to figure boys out!
Gretchen has one wish: to be a fly on the wall in the boy’s locker room. What are boys really like? What do they talk about?
This is the story of how one girl’s wish came true.
Here was my initial review on Goodreads:
This was a very short book at only 182 pages long so it suited me perfectly! A nice quick read to add to my Goodreads Challenge before the end of the year. I was so happy I picked this book up because it was not only a fast read but also had a moral to the story. The moral was to not judge people before you get to know them because 1) You don’t know what people are going through in their personal life and 2) People aren’t always what they seem, they can put up a front and a smile on their face.
PRAISE THE LORD THAT WE HAVE SOME DIVERSE YA! Oh and not just background characters, the main character hallelujah! This hardly ever happens so it was great to see different people being represented for once!
Basically, this book revolves around Gretchen turning into a fly on the boys locker room wall and seeing a lot of ‘gherkins’. I found the transition from Gretchen to fly quite awkward but with that said, still hilarious. I was disorientated but I suppose that reflects how Gretchen is feeling at that point.
One thing I was annoyed about too was the fact that she is just left for a week by her parents like seriously I could not see this happening at all. Maybe that’s just me?
I’d like more punctuation in there and chapters because it was hard to kind of leave the book alone for a while because there were only like 2 buffer periods where I could. With that said, it was a short book so I can’t complain!
I would recommend this short story as a way to fill up your Goodreads goal and also as a bit of diverse reading, along with the fact that you could finish it in half a day so it is definitely worth a read!
Thank God for Diversity!!!