The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Author: E. Lockhart
Pages [hardcover]: 345
Opening Lines: I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind behind the mal-doings of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.
She will not be simple and sweet.
She will not be what people tell her she should be.
Favorite Character: Frankie
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
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.
This was an okay kind of book for me. Not too bad, but not outstanding. Frankie was an awesome character, staying true to herself throughout the novel, no matter what happened. She’s brilliant, if a bit crazy ;). She’s ambitious, and not ready to stand back just because some boy tells her to.
This book has a long title, which makes me not want to type it as often as I should. That’s possibly bad for publicity, because if you search for it you’re bound to spell something wrong. Yet once I started reading, I realized it was a perfectly appropriate and fitting title. First off it’s catchy, and ties in to some major plot points in the story.
The ending was a disappointment. I can understand that it had to end that way-it’s probably the only way that would make sense. Yet it was unsatisfactory in some way.
I give The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks 3/5 stars. I’ve seen it around in bookstores, wondering if I should buy it. I’m glad I just decided to rent it from the library.