The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-07-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 126 user ratings

"I like what Lockhart has to say about the establishment and about feminism. The book was great though there were a couple spots that read rough. Loved the pranks and the deeper meanings. After reading, I am quite gruntled." said.

"This book was an easy YA read, a fun story and something that left me thinking a little bit! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it." said.

"5 out of fricken 5! I loved this book! It made me laugh a lot at all the stunts that frankie pulls! Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine doing something like what frankie did! 5/5 for imagination! It also made me wary of all the kids at my school! Overall it was an engaging and thoughtful book filled to the brim with fun and laughable moments!" said.

"Such an amazing book! I love the pranks, occasional words that I needs look up, and that it shows that girls can be just as good as guys." said.

"I'm not long winding on book reviews and I despise reading spoilers!! I'll keep it short and sweet - It's a great read and i would recommend! I read "we were liars" and fell in love with E. Lockhart's writing style. I can say that this book did not disappoint (even with high expectations of reading "we were liars" first). I love the style so much I ordered three more of Lockhart's books!" said.

"I loved this book. It is a must read for early high school girls, especially thinkers and those trying to determine where they want to fit it.

Frankie is in a world of intellectual elitists and pseudo-intellectuals dominated by males even though it is, and has been for some time, co-Ed. It is a moneyed world where doors will be opened for life simply for attending and bonding.

“Men and women range themselves into three classes or orders of intelligence; you can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons; the next by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest by their preference for the discussion of ideas.” - Charles Stewart

On one hand this singular quote, removed from the intellectual elitist mindset it was spawned in, encapsulates Frankie's coming of age in the book. Frankie, while generally normal and in no way an elitist herself, is bursting with thoughts and ideas as she struggles to navigate a world that at once possesses so many doors and possibilities and simultaneously tries to place her in a definable role.

She is seen as adorable. Her family nickname is Bunny Rabbit. At school, prior to a chance meeting, she is rarely seen. Frankie wants to be known. She questions the world around her and wants to shape ideas. She is more interested in starting thought provoking discussion and change than being part of the it crowd, particularly once she realizes her being a part of it is all simply an illusion.

This is a coming of age book about a person who is surrounded by those that hold the keys to the kingdom, but due to fate dealt at birth (she is a girl, but it could also be equated to anyone not of the chosen type within an exclusionary group) she will never have the chance to be fully included or accepted for all of herself by those she wishes to be a part of, the Old Boys like her father.

It is a book that once you finish the last page, you will likely want to go back and reread all or parts of. Lockhart beautifully alludes to what it is Frankie will do throughout the earliest chapters, but not until she has done it, will you realize this, because these moments appear to be passing thoughts of a narrator organizing the telling, rather than the little clues they are.

You probably won't get everything in this book if you aren't occasionally a deep thinker or have at one time been best friends with one. You probably won't get it all if you haven't been around those who have trust funds or have gone to private schools. These things simply make it more relatable. But not being any of these doesn't make it any less of a book. If you have ever questioned authority, questioned the status quo, social hierarchy, or behavioral norms, you'll enjoy Frankie's story.

I would love to read a book about Frankie and/or Alpha down the road a few years (as the author has penned multiple books about a singular character before). I think she has left room for them to meet up in college. I think the events of the book left indelible marks on Frankie, Alpha, and Porter. The jury is still out on how it affected the other Bassets and Frankie's family. But the thing about the world that these characters occupy is that they will continue to come across each other throughout their lives.
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"The blurb for this book promises a heist, secret society adventure. But that doesn't happen until the last 20% of the story. This is a teen girl romance, mixed with coming of age plot. And both of those are merely tools to explore power imbalances between males and females in American society. That's really what this book is about. I almost didn't finish it because the bait and switch was so harsh. But as a father of strong, bright girls who also happen to be pretty and petite and so get overlooked (like the main character) I gained some insight to how the world might feel to them.

It's a well written book and if you're looking for romance and girl-power then you'll love this. Just don't be fooled by the blurb.
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