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Book Review: Fly on the Wall

Title: Fly on the Wall: How one girl saw everything

Author: E. Lockhartmuha

Gretchen Yee is attending Manhattan School of Art and Music but she feels like she can’t fit in. Everyone else is standing out, they are different and special and she’s just a completely normal teenage girl. Even in a classroom, she’s not standing out, her teacher thinks she shouldn’t drawing just comics.

She’s in love with Titus but is too shy to do anything. And even her best friend Katya is preoccupied with other things and doesn’t have time for her anymore recently.

So one day, Gretchen wishes she could be a fly on the wall in boy’s locker room. She could learn more about boys, what they really like and how do they think.


I read this book for one of my reading challenges. It really surprised me, in a good way. I thought it would be just another typical YA book, cheesy and full of cliches. But it was nicely written and full of humor.

As a synopsis tells, it’s about a girl named Gretchen who turns into a fly in boy’s locker room. She’s stuck there and has to spend a few days trapped there. Observing through the eyes of a fly was fantastic. It was funny and felt real. Above all, I truly identified with the fly because I would felt exactly the same in her skin.

The story remains realistic all the way and reader actually believes what’s written. Even when she has transformed into a fly, I believed it and never wondered why did it happen.

If I thought this book would be just another one of many similar teenager books, and that it will not stand out, I was wrong. The author perfectly demonstrates how it is to be a teenager and how young people (and older maybe) feel in their skin. Even more, she shows us, that boys are not different at all! Describing all the details of boy’s bodies, their hairiness (or lack of hair), pimples on their asses – it was fun to read about it. I really think it’s great for young girls who doesn’t have experiences with boys, that they can learn, boys are not just some “confident gods” as many thinks but they also have flaws and their own insecurities.

The process from shy and unnoticeable Gretchen to Gretchen the Fly, who is observing the most intimate parts of guys without shame and with a lot of pleasure and who becomes a real naughty girl, is amazing and unique. And why not? Why should only guys look at girls in a sexual way? Why shouldn’t girls also objectify guys and wondering what’s hiding in their pants? After all, it’s normal we all have the same thoughts. But it’s pity that only boys can act that way but it’s inappropriate if girls are talking about it. But it’s different in this book which I support completely.

All the characters are typical high school teenagers, with whom the reader can identify easily. But Gretchen really stands out because she’s just an average, sweet and nicely confused girl.

I’m happy I get a chance to read this book. It was short but entertaining read.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Did you read this book? What did you think about it? Please, comment below.

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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire

Title: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Author: Cassandra Clare8755785

Sebastian Morgenstern is still a threat to Shadowhunters, now even more because he’s spreading his dark army and attacking Institutes and others. He’s turning Shadowhunters against Shadowhunters and turning them into creatures, with a power of Infernal Cup.

Survivors flee to Indris but now there is no one to protect the world against the demons. They’re attacking and killing innocent.

Soon, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec discover, how Sebastian betrayed them and they go searching for him. They need to go to the dark world where they’re trying to prevent Sebastian’s evil plan.


Finally, I finished the last book in the series! If I really enjoyed reading the first three, I must admit that I read the next three just to finish it. I won’t say they were not interesting but I still think that there are many better books out there to read.

First, something about the plot. Of course, because this is the last book, I expected that things would reveal and that story would have a logical conclusion. Therefore, I might have expected something more, something that would blow my mind, something that would end this story in a truly special way. At least, maybe some epic battle between Shadowhunters and Sebastian’s army. The battle has been but it was far from epic.

Still, the story pulled me in more than in previous books. It was interesting and there was not so much describing of unimportant things – yes, I’m thinking about all the problems couples had. I still think the book could be shorter but this time actually wasn’t so bad. There was more action and more was going on.

But still, there was no progress on a plot. Things were really predictable and we have seen it all. The parents and other older people still didn’t trust the younger ones. Their communication still didn’t improve like they haven’t learned anything from previous events.

Characters haven’t developed at all. If people say that we learn from our mistakes, it isn’t true here.

What bothered me the most, was the extreme happy ending. We all like books with happy endings and it was also expected here, that things would work out well for everyone. However, the ending here was forced, all events turned out in a way that at the end, nobody was affected and everyone got their happy ending. Which for me, was very disappointing.

***SPOILERS***

Usually, I don’t include spoilers, but here, some things just got on my nerves so bad, that I have to write them down and maybe discuss it with some of you, who have already read the book. Here we go:

Jordan Kyle and Maia were so in love and happy together and even when they had problems, they were trying to solve them (although I don’t know why because their relationship was pretty strange). But when he dies, Maia figured, that it wasn’t love she was feeling and she wanted to break up with him ages ago. Really? How convenient.

It was same with Sebastian. When he was dying he realized how wicked he was and how he hurt people around him. In his last minutes, he becomes almost a good guy, he apologized for his actions and repented. Again… seriously? I just don’t believe that people who are evil their whole life can just change in last minutes, let alone people forgive them. Which Clary and her mother did. Whatever.

And the last thing… which was the most shocking for me and really pissed me off, was Simon’s transformation. It really seemed awesome when Simon became normal again and lost his entire memory about a particular period of his life as a vampire. And what happens? Others find a way to return (almost) all the memories. Bullshit (sorry not sorry).

***END OF SPOILERS***

The book was nothing special but still, it was a decent read. Again, I can easily say that I’m happy I finished with series and that I won’t have to read about Clary and Jace again, haha.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Did you read and finished The Mortal Instruments series? What did you think about this book and others?