The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

>> Thursday, February 17, 2011

Author: E. Lockhart
Recommended Age: 12 and up
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
ISBN: 978-078683819-6
Year Published: 2008
No. Pages: 342
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Main Character Gender: Female
Read & Reviewed by: Jaedyn

When Frankie turns fifteen she turns from awkward and nerdy to being S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! The boy of her dreams notices her and they date. Frankie is excluded from his boys only secret society and becomes a “criminal mastermind” in order to prove that girls are just as clever as boys and should not be underestimated.

I was consumed by this book and by the pace by which Frankie was able to direct others to pull off her insane pranks. Frankie knows she’s smart and wants to show everyone that. She refuses to accept the status quo and traditions of her private school. Frankie creates these pranks trying to eliminate sexism, hoping that they will let her in their club.

Even though this book was written in third person E. Lockhart makes you feel like you are trying to get in the club along with Frankie. Like Lockhart’s other books she teaches a valuable lesson for girls to stand up for themselves - modernizing girl power. This book is written in third person but personally I would have written it as first person because I believe first person narrative could show Frankie’s thoughts and feelings better and more directly. Also Lockhart wrote this novel in past tense which I found awkward.

This is an easy read and I read it in one day. I would say that girls would enjoy this book better simply because it shows how great girls are but boys would also enjoy it. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking for a quick and memorable read.

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