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

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great YA boarding school book (I’ve always been fascinated by these, never having attended a boarding school myself) and I love almost everything about the main character, Frankie. Plus, it’s got secret societies in it. What’s not to love?

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks reviewAs Frankie transitions from awkward to attractive, she finds herself falling into a new crowd at school: Enter, newfound popularity—complete with gorgeous older boyfriend, Matthew. But Frankie quickly discovers that people don’t see her smarts, just her looks: Matthew most of all. And her family still thinks of her as a geeky kid who needs to be protected. Understandably, this gets under her skin. So Frankie takes matters into her own hands, determined to get the recognition her intelligence deserves.

Frankie is such a great character. She’s badass, but she’s also a teenager who wants desperately to be liked by the boy she likes, and to fit in with the crowd she idolizes. The only thing that bothered me was that Lockhart seems to have written Frankie as a girl who is always attracted to power-hungry males, yet, as intelligent as she is, she doesn’t seem to recognize this in herself. I’m not saying it isn’t a realistic thing — nobody is perfect, and I’m glad Frankie isn’t. It still bothered me though.

I loved that Frankie picked up the habit of creating words from their opposites (e.g. creating dulged from indulged etc.) and thinks it’s so funny she just starts using these words all the time, much to the chagrin of the other characters. This is totally something I would have done in high school (and it would have annoyed my friends too).

I highly recommend this one. 🙂

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