Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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

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.


Thoughts in a nutshell:
This was such a great girl power book! Definitely a must-read.

Frankie was a very strong girl. She certainly grew stronger as the story went on, though. She held on to her opinions even when others doubted or underestimated her. She was sneaky yet well-intentioned. She tried to infiltrate an all-boys society yet kept her feministic attitude. I completely agreed with her view that girls are complete equals to boys. I think, in the end, she learned a lot about herself, what she's capable of, and what she wants out of life.

Fast-paced. Interesting. Even educational.
It was an original take on a boarding school girl. I don't know what else to say other than that I loved the whole story and can't wait to read more from E. Lockhart!

An intriguing, thought-provoking read. I highly recommend it!

I love the envelope. It's actually very fitting to the story. The seal provides a nice splash of color.

5 out of 5 stars

Recommended if you:
-consider yourself a feminist
-liked E. Lockhart's other novels
-like books dealing with secret societies

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