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Monday, July 12, 2010

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

I heard so many good things about The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart that I knew I had to read it. Luckily, my library had it. Score!

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.

This is my kind of YA Fiction. I'd describe it as "Veronica Mars" meets "The Skulls," a story about fighting the system and rocking against stereotypes. It is intelligent and bold.

Frankie Landau-Banks is my kind of YA heroine. She doesn't fret over her appearance, the latest accessories, or must-have fashions. She's not content being some hot guy's arm candy. Frankie is smart and very resourceful.

The story is very fast-paced. Frankie's exploits are brilliant and funny.

I loved this book. I love E. Lockhart for creating a delightful character who isn't afraid to speak her mind and risk her social status.

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