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Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower

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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 Phoebe’s dad—an 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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Christian McKay EXCELLENT QUESTION.

As we all know here in the Goodreads community, THROW YOUR ARM ACROSS YOUR EYES AND SCREAM (being a quote from King Kong) is a more…more
EXCELLENT QUESTION.

As we all know here in the Goodreads community, THROW YOUR ARM ACROSS YOUR EYES AND SCREAM (being a quote from King Kong) is a more appropriate, slightly weirder, and more audacious title for this book. You wanna know who didn't think so? BARNES & NOBLE.

Er, that is, B&N *might* have thought all those things, but they also thought the title was too long and clunky (which is totally fair), and they threatened to shrink their order.

So we shortened the title. Slightly. And we made it punchier. Again, slightly. And THROW was demoted to the lowly status of epigraph.

To be honest, I'm really happy with WALLFLOWER. I thought for sure we would fail come up with something as immediate and thrilling as THROW. But then my agent, editor, dear friend C. Chambers, and I all bonked our heads together until this tumbled out.

I probably would have hated its similarity to a hundred other things were it not to undercut itself with that final, harmless feeling word. And people actually remember the title now (as opposed to THROW, which my girlfriend, mother, and friends still stumble over to this day).

Here are some other titles we came up with while trying to soothe the corporate beast:

HER!
WORLD WAR WHATEVER
LIFE IN SILVER
GIRL IN SILVER
SILVER SCREAM
YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE
CHANNEL ME
IT CAME FROM PENNYBROOKE
REAL HORRORSHOW (Eh? Eh? Clockwork Orange, anyone?)
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT AFTERTHOUGHT
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT LOVECHILD
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT EXTRA
and just . . . EXTRA

So that was the journey to the new title. I'm glad it's over. *Phew.*

(Except maybe not phew because I told the designers to remove the dash between 50 and FOOT so that it looked more like the OG title we're spoofing. Aaaaaaaaaand now I'm a little self-conscious that people are going to think it's a typo. Ah well.)(less)

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Hannah Garrett
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Phoebe is perfection! I love that I can relate to a 15 year old girl in the 1950s, as a thirty year old in, well, 2018. She’s self assured yet inhibited; open to new people yet cautious. The other characters are just as charming. Having read the book twice, I still can’t decide which character I love the most. They all feel like a little bit of home. Not to mention a completely fresh premise that took me by surprise every chapter. After 1980s nostalgia fatigue in pop culture, reading a novel tha ...more
Jared Aizad
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. There are a lot of things that I liked about this book but a few stood out in particular. First, I liked the ways in which the book pays homage to 50s monster movies. I have only seen a few of those movies, but the book has encouraged me to see more. Second, I liked the innovative use of different literary devices. In particular, the embedded graphic short story not only tied into the story in an important way but was also ...more
Crowinator
I'm over the moon - here is another book for which I can apply the word "gonzo". This is amazing.
Max Baker
Thank You Netgalley for Providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

Attack off the 50 Foot Wallflower has been on my TBR list for a while. And I was EXCITED. Like, so much so I was actually afraid to read this, because if you don't read it it can never fall short of your expectations. Right? And, in a way, it didn't. Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower was everything I wanted with this premise. This is a very, very smart book, but the longer I thought about the story as a whole
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Devann
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
Dallin Cerva
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE ASAP!
Christine
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Aw man, I felt this was doing some really great build-up and I liked the characters but the end ruined my positive feelings - it did NOT stick the landing.
Octavia
I had to DNF this one. I picked it up because I thought it would be a fun, light read that would help me get out of my reading slump. But a few pages in the MC casually mentions walking past a sign that said "No Coloreds"....which in itself isn't the issue if you're just trying to reference the time period. But the MC had literally JUST mentioned puddle skirts, a malt shop, and people standing in front of an appliance store with TV's in the window. Pretty sure I pieced together what era we're in ...more
Teenreadsdotcom
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Run, run for your lives!...or at least run to your nearest library to check out ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WALLFLOWER. Then get comfy for the next three hours because Christian McKay Heidicker’s doozy of a novel is not a spectacle you will want to tear your eyes from. After CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE, which explores gaming culture, Heidicker certainly rises to the occasion with his wit and unique perspective to expose both the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of society.

Phoebe Lane is sick of
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Jordan Finch
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, ya
Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower is a unique book, with a fascinating universe, likable characters, and a number of fun homages to 50s monster movies.

Phoebe Lane is the girl with the famous mother: Loretta Lane, the woman who was once abducted by a giant ape and dragged to the top of the Chrysler Building. She also has a famous father, although Phoebe is one of only a handful of people who can see him. Phoebe's father is a giant living in the sky, and it's his gaze that keeps Phoebe and her moth
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David
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1950’s America Phoebe Lane and her mother Loretta travel with carnivals, playing on the fame from her mother’s abduction by a giant ape called ‘Ook’. (This may just be a reference to something.) Currently the carnival is in the town of Pennybrooke.
They are able to see the image of Phoebe’s father in the sky, which alerts them to the events called ‘Shivers’ when the aliens and monsters attack small towns, causing them to constantly be on the move. But when Phoebe returns to their hotel room, h
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Krista Ivy
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What if King Kong was real and called Emperor Ook? What if the beautiful blond woman he wanted to just love and protect became famous and had a child? What if monsters attacking towns and decimating them was a common occurrence? What if it was 1950's America?
This is the world that we step into for Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower. The Lane women are strong and fierce. The mother is famous and undeniably beautiful. The daughter, Phoebe, is unsure of herself and still just a teenager. They move fr
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Heaven Ashlee
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the weirdest thing I have ever read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

In a world where various monster attacks happen regularly, everyone has grown used to the weird and unusual. Phoebe and her mother have been on the run for all of Phoebe's life because if they stay anywhere too long, a monster attacks the city. Their only way of knowing and getting out before the monster hits? Phoebe's father, who is an invisible giant in the sky. Yeah, needless to say, Phoebe's life is far from normal.

Thi
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Jo Stevens
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've read a book by Christian McKay Heidicker. Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower was very interesting. Although I did have a hard time with size and proportions. I cant wrap my brain around the idea of 50ft tall. How small would something have to be to make me feel 50 ft tall? I'd think half an inch since I'm 5'2" but then if I grabbed something that was half an inch and it was squishy I'd probably accidentally squish it.
Beittany
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phoebe is quite a force! Surviving teenage-hood, discovering her roots, and oh yeah...fighting monsters...this story has all you could want from a strong female lead. The writing is on point and I am reminded of the classic horror movies that came before. Very enjoyable and a good reminder that the ability to be lovely comes in all shapes and sizes.
Cheryl McKay
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone but especially teens.
Throw Your Arm Across Your Eyes and Scream is a great blend of 1950's nostalgia with detailed character development. In spite of dealing with era related sexism, Phoebe is able to grow into her challenges. The story is more enjoyable as it is not predictable.
Emily Donaldson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-thriller
I didn't really know what to expect when I started this book. What I got was a totally immersive experience with Easter Eggs throughout (without being heavy handed). Now I have to go watch a bunch of 1950's horror.
Jac
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend! I especially loved the main character—a great female lead that a span of ages will find relatable.
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