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- ASIN : B002PEP4NM
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 16, 2009)
- Publication date : September 16, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 512 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #305,988 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A lot of reviewers have dissed the narration of this book, with a sort of unnamed narrator telling the story of how Frankie shook things up in her sophomore year of high school, but I really enjoyed it. It felt so very confessional and conversational having a third party tell the story, and I thoroughly enjoyed that broken fourth wall feel of the narration.
As for Frankie, she’s by all means not perfect. She comes across as a bit brash and entitled at times, but her heart is in the right place and her drive and ambition make her really relatable. Who hasn’t wanted to shake things up a bit to fight against the patriarchy and perceived slight? In this book, Frankie does just that, and her eventual fall into obsession with her cause is a fun ride.
This book is a wild ride, featuring secret societies, gender politics, and a lead character that is just plain sick of feeling left out. It is both highly political and wildly funny. With hijinks that could only happen away at boarding school and a delicious sense of revenge, readers will love Frankie Landau-Banks and her endless drive to come out on top.
But other times the writing just leaves us in "Gossip Girl" territory. Lockhart does women, (Frankie and her roommate, Frankie and her older sister), very well. Her treatment of the Alabaster boys is awfully shallow. That works well enough for this story, but it is a shame to miss adding a little more depth and understanding to those Basset Hound boys.
But that's a quibble. There are more interesting things going on in our heroine's head than in any other teen/ya book I've seen, and there is more entertainment in the plot and satisfaction in the writing than one has any right to expect. This is certainly a great choice for a more adventurous teen reader. (For what it's worth, if you are thinking about this book or have read it and liked it, the next step might be Libba Bray's Rebel Angels trilogy, which has a fantasy element but also a very realistic treatment of young schoolgirls in the Victorian era. A private school book with very well developed male and female characters and a 1920's setting, (and the same "rebel" theme), is Jeff Carney's "Adventures of Michael MacInnes".
Disreputable was my first audiobook experience and I have to say I think I made a great choice! I will admit to feeling a bit awkward because I was laughing aloud as I was driving along and my mouth would occasionally drop open as new twists in the plot came to light. By the time I got home I was 5 hours into the book and I went straight to my bookshelf to finish up the last hundred pages - I couldn't even wait for the drive back to listen to the rest!
Frankie Landau-Banks is a girl after my own heart. She makes her mistakes and she sticks to what she believes. I could definitely relate to her curious, and sometimes manipulative, nature. I would love to read another novel about Frankie's adventures!
I was in love with the secret society aspect of the novel. I can't say too much about it, as I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read this yet, but it was really well written, and from what I could tell, researched. I liked all the little facts E. Lockhart threw into the the story about different well known societies. All of the history behind the different pranks that were performed was also interesting, and, in many cases, hilarious.
The only part that I wasn't totally satisfied with was the ending of the novel. Again, I can't say much because of spoilers, but I really thought the story would end a bit differently. I still loved it though - ending and all!
Top reviews from other countries
Tired of being excluded from the inner workings of her new boyfriend's clique of alpha males, Frankie Landau-Banks succeeds in piercing their veil of secrecy and begins to shake things up for the staff and students at Alabaster Prep.
Lockhart's triumph is in having Frankie undo the corset of expectations, the gamut of aspirations and constraints that family, friends and communities lace women and girls up in, and demolish it eagerly. Frankie herself is not a self-conscious feminist, but rather a postmodern feminist faced with a less-than-modern boy's club.
Writing in deceptively accessible English, Lockhart relates a carefully subversive story that most teachers couldn't justify confiscating- but it might just start a revolution if the right people read it.The book's themes mean it is probably most appropriate for women and girls aged 12+, although it will probably speak more to those with life experience on their side, not least because of the wry, witty commentary from the book's 'narrator',who I strongly suspect is in fact an older Frankie.
With that in mind, I hope to see further instalments documenting her career and time at college emerge in years to come.