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

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksAccording to the back cover, Frankie Landau-Banks as a freshman in high school was a slightly geeky girl in the Debate Club. But when she comes back the next year, nobody recognizes her because now she fills out her shirt. And that grabs the attention of a certain senior boy named Matthew Livingston, who soon becomes Frankie’s boyfriend.

But Frankie isn’t content. Matthew often acts distant and doesn’t treat her like an intelligent human being. So one day when he cancels their date, she follows him and discovers that he’s a member of an all-male secret society. Frankie wants in, but there’s no way she can without him Matthew out that she lied to him. Frankie knows she has the brains to get in, so she creates a false email account through which she directs the secret society into performing various pranks.

Although these pranks have the desired effect of reforming some of the school’s practices, no one seems to understand the significance, and whenever Frankie tries to explain it, people write her off as thinking too hard. And of course, the pranks can’t last forever. Someone has to step up and take the blame.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was an incredible novel and one that I won’t forget for a long time because it provided a lot of food for thought. It got me thinking about concepts I never would’ve thought of before. Frankie’s character is a mad genius and a work of art by E. Lockhart. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel with such an amazing and unique character as Frankie is. It was kind of strange how fast Frankie thought, but that is just part of her character. The ending was only slightly surprising, but then it was foreshadowed.

I highly recommend this novel to everyone, and it has become one of my favorites. Those who like secret societies such as the one in Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund will enjoy reading about the Loyal Order of the Basset Hound. Readers who like the boarding school setting will also enjoy this novel. I look forward to reading more novels by E. Lockhart, and all of you should look forward to when this novel comes out on the 25th of March.

Rating: 4.5

Review copy from publisher Disney Hyperion

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The Story Siren said...

i can't wait to read this! i've heard such good things about it. what a great review!

Book Chic said...

I'm gonna read this as soon as I get back to school on Monday- I absolutely can't wait. :) Great review!!

Diana Peterfreund said...

I am so very, very excited about this book. I've only heard great things, the cover is phenomenal, and the excerpt on E. Lockhart's site has left me craving more!

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