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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Paperback – August 25, 2009
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But just who are these Hounds and what did they do? Who is Frances and why would she send her fellow students on these random acts of disruption?
Alabaster was once an all-male prep school. Even after it became co-educational, its secret society remained a boys-only club. The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds was famous - infamous, really - for its pranks, which were more kooky than cruel, more sophomoric than serious.
Frankie was once a quiet girl. Even after she became a curvy sophomore, she remained true to herself, not really aware of her new looks. Then she got her first serious boyfriend, and she was content with their relationship - for a time.
Before she was (in)famous, Frankie was the harmless little sister, the underclassman, the girl who knew but didn't really know. She was the younger sister of outspoken senior Zada. She was the youngest child of divorced parents, getting her name from her father, Alabaster alum Frank Banks and her conservative nature from her mother, Ruth. She enjoyed her freshman year at boarding school. She enjoyed the summer after her freshman year, when she read Dorothy Parker stories on vacation and had a chance encounter that would later prove interesting.
The book follows her through the age of fifteen, then sixteen, as her sophomore year and her curiosity lead her down an interesting path.Read more ›
Then Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of the school's exclusive--and male-only--secret society. At first she only spies on them out of curiosity. But as her desire to prove herself every bit as capable as Matthew's male conspirators grows, she finds herself getting wrapped up in the society's business of sneaking and pranking, without any of the boys suspecting a thing.
With Frankie pulling the strings, anything is possible.
THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS is one of those rare books that is equal parts entertaining and thought-provoking. Frankie's exploits are full of humor, suspense, and drama, but she's not afraid to stop every now and then and consider the consequences of her actions. Her insecurities make her as believable as her smarts and her guts make her admirable. Readers will be cheering her on from beginning to end--and wondering how the things she learns along the way might apply to their own school adventures long after they've put the book down.
Reviewed by: Lynn Crow
Frankie might not have made all the smartest decisions in this book but she figured out the main thing right: it is important to be your own person (not just a man's arm-candy), to be appreciated for your personal qualities and talents and not only for your pretty face and nice figure.
Writing style is flawless, dialog superb. I had to take away one star because the ending felt a little too open for me, I thought it called for something more. Maybe E. Lockhart is planning a sequel, I am not sure. But if she does, I will definitely read it and give her other books a try.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Frankie is my kind of girl! She's smart, funny, and she's not content to be relegated to be a sidekick.Published 17 days ago by J. M.
I loved this book because Frankie experiences many things in the novel (I'm not trying to spoil it for you) but she still manages to find strength within herself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ashley
The blurb for this book promises a heist, secret society adventure. But that doesn't happen until the last 20% of the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott Wozniak
I loved this book. It is a must read for early high school girls, especially thinkers and those trying to determine where they want to fit it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MomLoves2cook
I'm not long winding on book reviews and I despise reading spoilers!! I'll keep it short and sweet - It's a great read and i would recommend! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stacie
Such an amazing book! I love the pranks, occasional words that I needs look up, and that it shows that girls can be just as good as guys.Published 5 months ago by dana
5 out of fricken 5! I loved this book! It made me laugh a lot at all the stunts that frankie pulls! Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine doing something like what frankie... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elizabeth lindner- craig
This book was an easy YA read, a fun story and something that left me thinking a little bit! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.Published 7 months ago by Emily Richards