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

51XBzkLgHKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_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 Laundau-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.

(via Goodreads)

Where to start…what to say?

I really enjoyed this book. Really enjoyed it. Frankie is a larger than life, enthusiastic, inquisitive, and forthright girl. The story follows her sophomore year as she navigates the waters of dating the most popular boy in school, navigating a new crowd of friends, and realising that there are certain aspects of society that she is automatically excluded from because of her gender.

Frankie is idealistic. She is passionate and wants to make her mark in her world. On occasions, I found the romance scenes annoying. And I guess when I was 16 (too many years ago) I most likely acted that way.

The pranks and the mystery surrounding the Basset Hounds was engaging and interesting. The supporting characters were true to life and easy to like. On the flip side, those who we weren’t supposed to “like” we didn’t.

Overall, a great read (and a quick one) and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA fiction that is a little different.

4/5

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