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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Jenn
    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 uncomfortab...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Soulfire
    I don’t watch B movies but they’re so a part of our lexicon that it would be impossible for you to not be aware of what they are. So, for those of you who aren’t familiar with them as well, I did not feel lost or like I was missing something, though, I probably did.Phoebe was not a particularly interesting person. She had an interesting backstory and parents, but her response to everything was to cry. She was world weary and in the beginnin...
  • Jeanine
    The thing I love about Christian Heidicker's books is that they always end in a different place than where your brain thinks they should. His set-up and world-building and character development all track like they logically should. Then you hit a point about 5/6 of the way through and the rug is pulled out from under you. But not in a bad way. More in a, "we pulled up this okay carpet that you thought you liked and underneath is original hardwood...
  • Ang
    "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 l...
  • Vanessa
    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-whit...
  • Bridget Duffy
    I loved Phoebe and I loved the concept. However, I have a huge problem with a book that claims to be a modern feminist take of pulpy B-movies that have nary a shred of feminism. Rather than comment of the sexism, racism, and homophobia that are hallmarks of the era, Heidecker really just reproduces them and points them out. It isn't revolutionary or feminist to have a dying lesbian--whose sexuality has not come up to this point!--say that the gay...
  • Kathy
    What if you inhabited every 1950's cheesy horror movie out there and didn't know it? Droll humor among the horror, as Phoebe deals with a missing mother, mysoginist high schoolers, mysterious government labs, racist small-town mothers, gun-happy military men, and an exponential growth rate. Can she save the town from giant ants AND a UFO without unintentionally destroying it herself from her now 50' height? The giant man in the sky with the remot...
  • 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...
  • BookishBat
    DNFI really like weird books, but this went beyond weird for me. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea and the writing is excellent. However, the whole thing with the main character's dad being a giant dude in the sky and how her mom got pregnant with her is beyond my threshold for weird and made me lose interest in the story. I will say that I really admire Christian's ability to write from a girl's perspective and it doesn't feel fake at all.
  • 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.
  • 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.