Monday, 8 August 2011

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

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau- Banks
E. Lockhart
Publication date: 23rd Sept 2009
Disney Book Group
My rating: 5 out of 5

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
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.
Frankie Landau-Banks. 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.

I loved the story, I loved the characters and I love the cover it's very posh boarding school.

Frankie goes from geeky nobody at the age of 14 to pretty, mastermind prankster at the age of 15. Despite now having a fabulously older top dog boyfriend Frankie is still ignored and decides to take matter into her own hands. The elite all male secret society The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds led by Frankie's boyfriend struggles to come up with legendary pranks unlike the Basset members who went before them, they don't even know their own society's history. Frankie figures out the last hiding place of the Hounds long lost handbook which details the society's history and the pranks played in the past. Frankie then masterminds a series of amazing (yet often very politically conscious I thought) pranks which has everyone talking but no-one knows Frankie is behind it all, even the Basset's themselves don't suspect her she is just seen as a younger tolerated girlfriend, so ultimately she still remains invisible.

Frankie is such a fantastic character she slowly develops into a real girl power type character without going really overboard and becoming completely annoying. She realises that having a hot boyfriend and being part of the in-crowd isn't all it's cracked up to be, and that she is better off alone than having a boyfriend who doesn't appreciate her or see the real person inside. Most of the secret society boys were complete dim-wits and no match for super smart Frankie, they just didn't have the imagination or organisational skills to come up with and complete any half way decent pranks they were just part of an elite group because they were boys.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks fully deserves a 5 out of 5 rating, it's both clever and funny with some fabulous girl power thrown in for good measure.

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