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.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – can I say amen? Frankie is like the anti-Bella. I loved Twilight but Bella – please find yourself outside of your relationship to Edward. Frankie does just that – she doesn’t like the place her boyfriend has put her in, how he excludes her from the things most important to him, namely the all boys secret society that he’s a member of. She’s also annoyed at the patriarchal good ol’ boys club that the boarding school was founded on and that continues. Not one to be pushed around anymore, Frankie decides to take action.
And that’s where the fun begins.
I bought The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks on the recommendation of a friend. It took me a long time to get to it but it was WELL worth the wait.
Frankie is smart, funny and she’s kicking ass and taking names. The pranks she orchestrates are hilarious and clever. You can’t help but root for her!
I couldn’t ask more from a book – a secret society, a preppie boarding school setting (you know my love by now, right?) and a book where the heroine totally comes out on top. Not to mention humor and yes I even learned a few things. This is intelligent entertainment. There was even a secret book to be found – be still my beating heart!
Another thing I love is when the book I’m reading makes me want to read other books to learn more. Disreputable History totally made me want to learn more about the panopticon and also about some of the real college pranks Frankie’s pranks were based on. I’m grateful the author acknowledged several of her sources for further investigation for inquiring minds. Seriously though, who doesn’t want to know some of the best college pranks ever pulled?
Frankie is most definitely one of my favorite female characters of all time. This is one book I really WISH was a series or at least a trilogy. I want MORE!