Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: Ruby Oliver series, Dramarama, Fly on the Wall
Received From: Library
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.
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.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is a very different sort of story. Told from a third person perspective. So I felt a little unconnected with Frankie. The writing was wonderfully done but it just lacked something for me.
Frankie was a strong and highly intelligent character. But by the end of the book I still didn’t feel very connected to her. I didn’t feel that what she did was justified. Maybe I’m not feminist enough! Hmm now that I think about it….that says a lot about me…. Anyway! Not only did I not feel for Frankie, I didn’t connect with the other characters either. There wasn’t enough back story for them.
Like I said before I loved the writing. It was smart and witty and made me smile. E. Lockhart did an great job with that. My only complaint would be that the pacing was very slow. I’m not one to stop reading a book just because it’s a little slow, though.
All in all I thought The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was only okay. I will still read other books by Lockhart in the future.