Phoebe Lane is a lightning rod for monsters.She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, radioactive ants, and blobs from outer space. They survive thanks to Phoebes dadan invisible titan, whose giant eyes warn them where the next monster attack will take place.All Phoebe wants is to stop running from motel to motel and start living a monster-free life in New York or Paris. But when her mom mysteriously vanishes, Phoebe is left to fend for herself in small-town Pennybrooke.That's when Phoebe starts to transformChristian McKay Heidicker, author of Cure for the Common Universe, returns with a book unlike any other, challenging perceived notions of beauty, identity, and what it means to be a monster....
|Title||:||Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower Reviews
This is basically an alternate version of the 50's where all the classic sci-fi movie monsters and tropes are real and will 'randomly' attack different cities and towns. Phoebe and her mom can see a huge man in the sky that 'warns' them where the attacks will be so they are lucky enough to get away, but most people aren't. This was a really fun book for the most part. There was maybe a little bit too much focus on the period-typical racism and sexism for me, but the people who were perpetuating ...more
One of those truly perfect books where an ingenious premise is actually pulled off, and with style! Absolutely pitch perfect in its depiction of the Golden Age of Monster Movies, not to mention small town life in the 1950's, and just well . . . the trials and tribulations of being a teenage girl! Loved this, and really want a Lucky-13, I mean Pan-Cake, of my own!
Being a fan of Heidicker's first novel, Cure for the Common Universe, excitement to delve into his next was not sparse.
Heidicker has done it again. He's the real deal. This book is better, more inventive, and more "out there" than, not just his first book, but most books on that market!
All gushing aside, the setting for this new story is a world that is both terrifying and lovely, you want to be in it, and yet, you're glad you're not. The threats are horrific, fascinating, and energizing... the ...more
I'm not sure how I feel about this one...
It get's top scores for setting; 1950's/60's where all those bad sci-fi flicks are real is a super cool idea! I have no real complaints about the characters.
But... there were a few things that leave me less than satisfied. I kept feeling like there was/should be be commentary on various social issues. Woman's place is society, how much space women (literately and figuratively) take up, whites vs non-whites, PTSD, etc. And it was almost there but it wasn ...more
"Phoebe Darrow is a lightning rod for monsters. She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, blobs from outerspace, and radioactive ants. They survive because Phoebe's dad is an invisible titan with giant eyes that warns them where the next monster attack will take place. All Phoebe wants is to stop running from motel to motel and start living a monster-free life in New York or Paris. But when her mom mysteriously vanishes, Phoebe is left to fend for herself in small-town Pennybrooke. ...more
I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE ASAP!
I really don't know how to categorize this or even how to talk about it. I really loved the voice of the protagonist and the uniqueness of the concept: the novel takes place in a world where black and white, early 20th century monster movies are real. All the tropes are here, right down to the scientists and the secret government lab and the damsels in distress, but with a knowing, 21st century gaze: so, things that were so sexist and uncomfortable or unquestioning of authority or all of the thi ...more
Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower is thoroughly weird, slow, and entertaining and should appeal to any lover of sci-fi oldies.
Phoebe's narrative is believable and relatable, every man in this book is a creep and you feel as uncomfortable as Phoebe, but for the American 1950/1960's era there really was no mention of racism save for a "no coloreds" sign. All of Phoebe friends and family are really open-minded besides thinking that Native-Americans are "godless and sinful." Okay ... What I'm trying ...more