The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

December 5, 2008 Miscellaneous 5

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
By E. Lockhart
Hyperion, 2008
352 Pages
Author Website

What led you to pick up this book?

I’ve often see Lockhart’s books discussed in YA forums and wanted to try her out. I read book flap and thought this one sounded like a good place to start.

Describe the book without giving anything away.

Oh, that will be hard! There is so much I don’t want to leave out! So I’m going to let Publisher’s Weekly do it:

Lockhart’s (Dramarama) witty novel about boarding school high jinks of a most cerebral order receives winning treatment from Sirois-her slightly nasal voice for the heroine, 16-year-old Frankie, seems in character and is somehow endearing. Frankie starts her sophomore year with elevated social status thanks to having become the main squeeze of Big Man on Campus Matthew Livingston, but confides her conflicted feelings about being “arm candy” to roommate Trish, who responds with sweet but Valley Girl-esque befuddlement befitting someone who stays home making fruit crumbles while the boys go out partying. Sirois goes to a deeper register for heartthrob Matthew, leader of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, an all-male secret society Frankie plots to infiltrate, and affects a surfer-dude patois for Alpha, Matthew’s sidekick. Sirois preserves the fun in Lockhart’s talky novel, largely fueled by the intelligent repartee among its principals. Ages 12-up. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, Jan 7).(June)

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What did you like most about the book?

There is this one section where Frankie is thinking to herself about neglected positives, as she calls them. Frankie thinks about these sort of things a lot, which is very entertaining, but this was the best. A “Neglected Positive” is basically the opposite of a word as it should be, not necessarily what it is. For example: immaculate. The opposite is obviously something along the lines of dirty, nasty, etc, etc. But to Frankie, it’s maculate. See, she dropped the beginning. Other examples: disturbed and turbed; incriminate and criminate, etc. I found this very amusing. After this section she continues to talk this way through out the book.

Is there anything you didn’t like about the book or topic?

Not really. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

What did you think of the characters?

Loved them. Frankie was one in a million. The boys felt like a very accurate portrayal to me in their attitudes towards not only their girlfriends, but how they act towards girls in general and how they treat each other. Frankie’s big sis Zada was pretty cool and felt just a little underused – I would have liked to have seen more of her. There were times when Frankie felt very alone, but I don’t think she minded.

In general:

Great read. It was very thought provoking. There were lots of interesting thoughts about social order and trying to break out of the boundaries society imposes on, not just females, but on everyone in general. The roles of females and males in relationships and how sometimes one can come to be more in love with one’s partner’s lifestyle more than the person for their selves. And I liked learning about the Panopticon. That was particularly fascinating to someone like me, who always does feel like they are being watched, even when all alone.

And I love that cover. (Yes, I am a sucker for a great cover!)

Recommended?

YES!

Preview it here.

Also reviewed by:

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast | Teens Read Too | Teen Reads | Becky’s Book Reviews | The Virtual Loft | The Reading Zone | Library Queue | A Patchwork of Books | Books & other thoughts | Teen Book Review | Presenting Lenore | reading is my superpower | casual dread | Eva’s Book Addiction | Reading Keeps You Sane | Not enough bookshelves | Abby the Librarian | Page Numbered | bookshelves of doom | Michele One L |

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5 Responses to “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks”

  1. Stacey

    Before I even got to the end of your review I was thinking "Lovelovelove the cover!" I'm a sucker like that, too. :)

    Stacey @ book:thirty

  2. Tricia

    I saw this book today in B&N and think it looks even cooler in person. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review!

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