The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart
Posted by Caitie F on May 16, 2011
Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Author: E Lockhart
Hardcover: 342 pages
Year Published: 2008
Summary (from me):
Over the summer, Frankie turns from invisible to bombshell. Suddenly boys are noticed her, including popular senior Matthew. Once she lands the guy and his inner circle, she soon realizes she wants more…and gets it by infiltrating the secret boys only society to pull of some of the best pranks the boarding school has ever seen,
The good is simple – the writing and the style of this book are great. I have recently read a lot of E Lockhart’s books lately and this was, by far, the best written.
The setting was also cool. I love a boarding school book because it takes away a lot of obstacles (like parents) and lets teenager be more free. It also puts more responsibility on them and their actions.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and the characters. It was a good book. My issue is that it could have been a great book.
Why It Could Have Been Great:
Frankie could have been so much better. Yes, she is smart and clever and not a typical girl compared to everyone else in her school. But she ditches a friend and never feels bad about it. And she does all of this for a guy.
Yes, sometimes she says she wants to add females to their society and quotes feminism…but at the same time she says she does it to stay in the world of her boyfriend. So he sees her as more of an equal and not a pretty little thing for his arm. But also so he doesn’t dump her.
I think if the author was going for feminism, she should have just gone with it full-out. After the guys found out that she was the one to pull everything off, they ignore her…but she still goes back to them like a puppy dog, even though they don’t take her seriously or respect her. She doesn’t change anything and, in the end, it doesn’t seem like that was her goal in the first place.
Because of this, the book felt shallow, when it could have gone that extra step to make Frankie a character for the ages. Instead, she is a character (and it is a book) I will ultimately forget in a couple months.