“The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” by E. Lockhart
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
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.
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.
- Frankie is smart and strong. Lockheart really has a knack for writing protagonists that I love. (Ruby Oliver was also pretty great.)
- Love the pranks. Frankie was brilliant about getting away with it.
- Let’s be realistic, the pranks are pretty ridiculous but the ideas behind the pranks are what brings it back to reality. Frankie was sick of everyone overlooking her just because she’s a girl. With a little planning, she was able to pull off some of the greatest pranks the school has ever seen.
- Boarding school settings are so much fun. They always sound fun and it’s the easiest way to get parents out of the picture without killing them.
- The narration style was a bit iffy but mostly enjoyable. It was toeing the line of pretentious but thankfully it stayed fun through the story.
The bottom line? Pranks and Girl Power? What’s not to have fun with?