Teen Review: “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” by E. Lockhart

After spending most of her life being underestimated, Frankie can’t take it anymore. First, her mother won’t let her walk into town over summer vacation, even though her younger cousin was given permission the year before. Starting her sophomore year at a previously all-boys boarding school her father and older sister attended, Frankie ends up going out with the most handsome and popular senior boy who had never noticed her before. After a while, Frankie starts to uncover an all-boys club with her boyfriend as the head. He shares the position with a mysterious boy called Alpha who is the main mastermind behind the club’s pranks. Frankie wants in. No matter how persistent she is, all she gets is a no. This frustrates her along with the undeniable fact that if she wasn’t dating Matthew Livingston, none of the clubs members would acknowledge her. Believing in her superior knowledge, she devises a plan to take over the Order of the Basset Hounds without anyone knowing it. Unsurprisingly, her plan works and her pranks become legendary. She lets Alpha keep the credit with the knowledge that she has complete control over him, bringing her joy. Will anybody get the allusions to the rights of women hidden within the pranks? Or will men continue to rule the school? Besides that, what will her father think of his little “bunny rabbit” when he finds out?

Aedan, Central TLLC, 15

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

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