Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

By E. Lockhart
2.5 / 5 Gnomes

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:Debate Club.
Her father's "bunny rabbit."
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend:  the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Landau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer.
Especially when "no" means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society.
Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew's lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

~Amazon Description~

I feel kind of bad about the 2.5 gnome rating.  The book was excellently written.  I really enjoyed the voice of the omniscient narrator who provided back story and context for Frankie's misdeeds throughout the semester, and the book moved so smoothly that it felt like I was watching a movie or TV sitcom.  The book and story I liked.  

I just didn't like Frankie.  I'm all about girl-power, and I totally understand wanting to be respected and just seen.  But I couldn't get over Frankie's power trip.  Everything she did, she did for herself.  Even the pranks that were meant to make a difference at the school were lost because it was her point she was trying to get across.

I just couldn't relate.  I couldn't relate to life in a private school, to uber private clubs, to being around such self-absorbed people that love you one day and act as if they don't know you the next.  And I like tradition.  I tried to put myself in Frankie's shoes...what would I do if I wasn't allowed in a club?  I would have followed Zada's advice and started my own secret club.  It's a boys society.  Always has been.  And they are relatively harmless.  They weren't really trying to prove a point; they were just having fun.  Let them have their fun, and make your own fun.

Would I recommend this book to others?  Absolutely.  And I definitely want to check out E. Lockhart's other books.  Several parts just weren't my cup of tea.

If you like private schools, strong female characters, and a bit of adventure, checkout The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

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