Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower by Christian McKay Heidicker

Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower

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 York or Paris. But when her mom mysteriously vanishes, Phoebe is left t...

Details Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower

TitleAttack of the 50 Foot Wallflower
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Reviews Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower

  • Hannah Garrett
    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...
  • Jessica
    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!
  • Jared Aizad
    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 tie...
  • 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 reviewAttack 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, bu...
  • 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 se...
  • Dallin Cerva
    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 threat...
  • Ekaterina
    Очень упоротая книга. Ну и как всегда, автор решил нифига не объяснять в конце, и романтика еще лишил(
  • Christine
    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.
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    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...
  • Jordan Finch
    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...
  • David
    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 constantl...
  • Krista Ivy
    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 ...
  • Mary Jane
    This one gets a "buyer beware." It looks quirky and fun, but alas, the seams are showing. The author could've stood to do a lot more work on transitions between scenes. Important details are either glossed or missing. And there's the concept of the absent father who lives in the sky. I had a hard time envisioning the father from the author's description. If you're interested in a fun pulpy novel for young readers I would wait on this one and pick...
  • Aimee
    Really intriguing premise and beginning, but I lost interest in the middle. I think it's because I wasn't into the details of (view spoiler)[(not sure if it's a spoiler for obvious reasons) Pheobe growing into a giant. I think the focus on those details turned me off because of my unwanted exposure to a writing site I used to frequent being taken over by 'giantess' fetish stories. (hide spoiler)]. I did stick it out to the end, so I guess the pac...
  • Gabrielle
    actual rating: 3.5 stars i have never read a book quite like this it was weird ESPECIALLY ONE SCENE AT THE END OH MY GOODNESS!! i did not really connect with the characters but i thought the plot was super creative and unlike anything literally ever i recommend this if you are in the mood for a quirky and weird read im glad i read this im also glad i borrowed it from the library because this also was not a literary masterpiece but very entertaini...
  • Jo Stevens
    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.
  • Wendy
    I tried so hard not to like this book. I tried in the bookstore before I gave in and bought it. And I tried again when I started reading it at home. It’s cheesy and nerdy, and that author pic and bio (come on, man)... But I enjoyed it so much. Despite my general current reading slump, I could not put it down. It’s funny, strange, pulpy, and addictive. It moves quickly and doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It won me over for sure.
  • Beittany
    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.
  • Alexandra Butterworth
    I received an advanced copy of this book at the ALA conference this year.Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed the writing style and I didn't hate the main character but for some reason the concept was lost on me. I didn't get hardly any of the old sci-fi movie references (which is not the fault of the author). This was a DNF at 20%.
  • Cheryl McKay
    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
    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.
  • Wendy
    Altogether to weird and to disturbing. I abandoned it at about 1/3 of the way through.
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  • Heaven Ashlee
    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, nee...
  • Jac
    Highly recommend! I especially loved the main character—a great female lead that a span of ages will find relatable.