Saturday, March 15, 2008

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


Frankie Landau-Banks is not your typical teenager. She seems more interested in participating in debates than painting her toes. After an amazing summer where she transformed for a duckling to a swan she is ready to return to Alabaster, the boarding school she calls “home” for most of the year. Alabaster used to be a male only school, but they allow girls to come as well. Even though girls are allowed at Alabaster now there is still a strong male dominance. Especially concerning a famous secret society, The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, who are infamous for their scandalous pranks. Frankie has only briefly heard of this rumored society from conversation her dad has had, as he was an alum of Alabaster and supposed member of the Order. Shortly after school begins Frankie captures the heart after the gorgeous, much sought after Matthew Livingston. She is soon his girlfriend and invited into his inner circle of friends. While she loves being apart of this group of guys she realizes that they are all apart of the Order and are keeping it a secret from her. With ambition and some super sleuthing skills, Frankie listens in on a couple of meetings and learns that Matthew and is right-hand man Alpha are the current, so-called Kings of the Order. Whenever tries to lure information out of Matthew-and o, does she try- he either acts like he is clueless or just plain ignores her. This infuriates Frankie in more than one way. First of all, she doesn’t think her boyfriend should be keeping secrets from her and second of all she doesn’t think it’s fair that the Order only allows male members. Being the type of girl that she is Frankie finds a devious way into the Order and makes sure that her name will go down in history. She devises many pranks and lets her message ring clear, but how is she getting away with it and how long can she make it last? Along her hilarious journey she realizes many things, not only about herself, but about how she should be treated.

When picking up this book I had high expectations, because it was written by the amazing E. Lockhart. Let me tell you, this book did not disappoint. In fact I think this is E. Lockhart’s best book to date. Frankie’s character was original and I felt like I instantly connected with her. I too have a lot of views that Frankie has, such as why do guys have different standards than girls and so forth. The way Frankie stood up for herself was great. I wish I could do as good a job as she could! Also the book was fall on the floor funny. I was laughing at all the pranks that got pulled and just the words that came out of Frankie’s mouth. The setting was also really neat. I could actually picture myself sitting in the cafeteria eating the wilted vegetables, and walking on the grass where it deliberately says “No Walking on the Grass!” I definitely think that this is a must read for anyone looking for a truly humorous, honest, and all around great book!

*Released March 25, 2008, I highly suggest you go buy it!!!

5 comments:

The Story Siren said...

this book sounds so good! i can't wait to read it!

The Book Muncher said...

i cannot wait to read this book either! i think i'm getting it early tho, i hope....

Reader Rabbit said...

I can't wait to read this book. I preordered it a while ago...

Nicole B. said...

Sounds good. ^^ Nice review.

The Book Muncher said...

tagging you for a meme:
http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com/2008/03/6-random-things-meme.html
have fun :D

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