Book Review of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Posted July 28, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: March 25th, 2008
Pages: 342
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
*I own  a physical copy of this book that I purchased.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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 Laundau-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.

Review:

I had a lot of fun reading this book. And for those that don’t know, this book has been nominated for and won a ton of awards. I’m not sure if I agree with all that, but I did enjoy what I read.

I guess when you compare the plot of this novel to the plots of other young adult novels that are out there right now, it was unique and really original. It was fun reading about a strong female heroine and Frankie was a great puppet master, but I wish she would have had less remorse for the things she did. Because I really didn’t think her pranks were all that bad. Yeah, the one kid might have gotten expelled, but I think the way the teachers and the headmaster acted was a bit extreme. They were just some harmless pranks. No one got injured and no property was vandalized, so really, what was the harm? And I think that was probably the reason that the book failed to connect with me like it could have.

It’s a great book for feminists and people who like to laugh. And it’s a hard review to write, because everything was good, fun, and entertaining, but wasn’t great. I really want to sit here and rave about it like everyone else has, but the fact of the matter is, it’s been about three days since I finished it and I’m having a hard time remembering what I read.

The pranks were fun, and the plot was fun but it really didn’t stop me in my tracks like it did so many others. It was a fast read though, and if you are looking for something quick and enjoyable, this would fit the bill perfectly. The writing was great though. And this is the second book by E. Lockhart that I have read, and I have enjoyed them so far. I will continue to read them, in the hopes that one will completely blow me away. But it hasn’t happened yet.

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
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