Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition (August 25, 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0786838196

Are you looking for a female character to offset Bella from Twilight? Then try The Disreputable History!

Frankie is a smart, confident teenager in a beautiful body. While she is happy at first with the attention she gets from Matthew, the most popular boy in school, she begins to realize that neither he, nor his friends, take her seriously, nor will they ever include her in their group. Frankie becomes Matthew's girlfriend, and discovers that he is the leader of a secret all boys club. The boys do mindless pranks around the school as a form of bonding. When she discovers them she sends them emails posing as someone else and soon takes control of the group. She soon has them performing pranks with a social message, but none of the boys seem to understand what they are really doing, nor do they ever suspect that pretty Frankie is behind it all. It all comes to a head at the end of the semester when a prank goes wrong. The ending is not neat and tidy, but it will leave you thinking about what it means to be true to yourself.

Recommended for high school and middle school. Most girls should love this character and feel empowered by her.

Nicole Roohi, librarian, Goldenview Middle School.

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