Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart

WherI got it: Library
Rating: 5 stars 
Cover Rating: 3 stars (It's okay. That is not exactly how I pictured Frankie though. I do appreciate the Basset stamp on the letter thingy though.) 
Genre: Young Adult 
Publication Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Page Count: 342 p.

I present you Frankie Landau-Banks, named Frankie because her father wanted a son. Although, regardless of the name, her father does not think much of her. Neither does anyone else for that matter. Over the summer she blossoms into a young woman, but still no one thinks of her as more than "bunny rabbit". When she learns of a secret society, and just perhaps stumbles on some society secrets, she thinks she could run the society much better than "Alpha". When her pranks go too far though, Frankie knows she has to own up and admit it was her at the front of the pack, even if it means losing the boy of her dreams.

This was a ridiculously entertaining read. You will instantly either love or hate Frankie, there is no in-between. I loved her, I loved her word obsession where she decided that some words (those which aren't really words, but should be) are neglected, mostly neglected positives (I guess you'll have to read to find out). While Frankie's sister and mother claim to be feminist, Frankie takes it to a new level and completely dominates the secret society(all male) at her school. This is a fantastic girl power book akin to Fried Green Tomatoes (girl power wise, no crying and murder here). TOWANDA!!!! So, yes read this book. It has girl power, romance, secret societies, secrets, pranks and basset hounds. E. Lockhart is a really great funny, fun writer and this book is certainly no disappointment. So throw this on top of your TBR pile because you deserve it.

First Line:
"I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind between the mal-doings of the Loyal order of the Basset Hounds."

Favorite Line:
"Of course, anything named after a floppy-eared dog with short legs isn't deadly serious."  


  1. Great review! I think this book sounds interesting :)

  2. Ha, this one sounds so awesome (girl power...secrets...pranks...You can't go wrong, lol). Nice review =)

  3. I legit just ordered this yesterday! I cannot freaking wait to read it :-)


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