The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – Published 2008
“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, at age 16: No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer and possibly a criminal mastermind. This is the story of how she got that way.
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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
I had never even heard of this book until I saw something about it on social media. I had read Genuine Fraud and We Were Liars earlier this year and loved the suspense of them. Frankie’s story isn’t as captivating in terms of thrill and evil, but it’s still pretty intense in terms of plot twists. Lockhart is super good at plot twists.
Frankie is super witty and extremely intelligent. The way her character’s lines are written is really smart and thought-out. Frankie likes to twist the English language to meet her needs and can recall such (seemingly) useless facts. It’s told in third person, which is not my favorite, but I didn’t hate it in this book.
A lot of what motivates Frankie is her want to be included in things and the spite she feels when she is left out due to her gender.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE (SPOILERS BELOW)
I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary YA this summer and I really wanted this story to go somewhere else in terms of relationships. I really wanted her to end up with someone else in the book, anywhere in the book, and it just didn’t happen. If you’ve read this one, let me know so we can discuss.
The cover of the version I read did NOT do it any favors.