Frankie Landau-Banks

I finished up The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Frankie is a sophomore at an exclusive prep school. She hears her father's stories of his days at the school, hinting about his involvement in a secret society, the Loyal Order of the Bassett Hounds. Frankie finds out her new senior boyfriend, Matthew, is a member as well. As she overhears their rather lame attempts to come up with an idea for a Halloween prank, she realizes she'd be a much better Bassett than they are.

I completely disagree with the blurb on the back, saying that at 16 Frankie is possibly a criminal mastermind. She never gets to 16 in the book and her actions aren't criminal, they are more politically based civic disobedience.

Reading this book reminded me of the first time i listened to "just a girl" by No Doubt. Very girl power, very strong. I just wish it had ended on a bit of a happier note. I've added it to my possible present list for my 16 yr old sister as i am always on the lookout for good examples for her. I say it's a 5 and it counts for the YA challenge.


  1. I hadn't thought of that re: the blurb, but you're absolutely right. That description makes her sound deviant, while that's the opposite of what the book is saying.

  2. Anonymous15/8/10 06:28

    I liked Frankie,,,it's always good to run across a smart, kick-butt heroine.

  3. Anonymous15/8/10 06:29

    And please forgive the 3 commas, my keyboard knows not what it does.


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