Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Details: Paperback, 345 pgs.
Published: First published in March 2008 by Hyperion
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased


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.

This book came to me highly recommend, namely for Frankie herself.  Once I read the book I totally got that.  Frankie is not average.  She strives to be more and feels that females are not allowed all that males are.  Frankie will not allow things to hold her back, allow any man (boy, whatever) to control her and knows that her brain is far superior (that’s not exactly what she says, but hey- that’s what I got) to those of the boys that are suppose to be in this secret society and can’t even think of a decent prank.  Anyway, my point is, I liked Frankie and liked that she mostly stuck with her convictions and beliefs and even when she was afraid she didn’t let it stop her.  She had balls, as one of the boys said.
One thing I didn’t care for, at least in the beginning, was that it was in third person.  Not only was it in third person, but it was narrated in a way that was just different.  I didn’t like it at first but eventually it grew on me and it fit the whole story and the way it was told and I decided I was okay with it.  But because of the style of narration I never felt a true connection to Frankie and her emotions.   And I wasn’t particularly feeling any sort of romance, which I would have liked to have a better feel for.  
This book has a bit of a slow start.  I wasn’t a fan of the first few chapters at all.  Then once the story picked up I was still wondering when the disreputable stuff would start happening.  It ended up rather late in the book and I think I would have maybe liked it a bit earlier and a bit more.  
Even with all those more negative things I actually really liked this book.  It was different from anything I’ve read before and the closest I can think of is the Heist Society books by Ally Carter.  Still very different, but yet a sort of similar feel.  

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  1. This is very new to me. I have never heard of this author. But this sounds great. I hate it when a book starts off too slow as well. But Frankie sounds great. It is nice having strong female leads in a YA book. Great review hon, thank you :)

  2. This was one of those books that I just didn’t get…you know, everyone raves about it and then I just thought it was okay. It always makes me feel like something is wrong with me lol. But the things you didn’t like are the same things I didn’t like. I guess I just couldn’t get past them.

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