Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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

Book: Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Genre: YA
Rating: B+
For: Printz Project

So I was really looking forward to this one. It seems lots of people have given it a great review. So I nabbed it from the library to add it to my Printz Project pile of the summer.

However, I must say, I just didn't get this one. I mean, it was good, and entertaining and fun, but the whole point of the book, I just didn't get it.

It's about Frankie, who goes to school at this posh boarding school, and she's just been dumped by her boyfriend of the previous year. So she's ready to start anew. And because of the great and wonderful physical change that's come over her during the summer, she is suddenly noticed, and ends up embraced by a very fun group of boys.

So what's the problem? She is just not happy because these boys have a secret club and she is so bugged to not be part of it! So I found myself thinking "Frankie, you're weird" and "whatever" all the time.

Bottom line, I think the book got a little preachy on women's rights issues, which just seemed a little jarring to me.

BUT, there's many who loved it, so be sure and check out their reviews too!

Other Reviews:

Becky’s Book Reviews
Books. Lists. Life.
Casual Dread

and finally Jessica of The Bluestocking Society who just barely posted her review also (and whose list of reviews I just swiped because I'm lazy and didn't want to look up all the links myself, so giving her the credit for that!)


  1. Sometimes it's hard when books just don't live up to their hype. I just read An Abundance of Katherines and felt the same way.

  2. Yeah, I felt the same way. I guess I was expecting more and got less. I did review it, but in the same lazy vein, I don't even want to look it up and post a link here in the comment. Yeah. That's lazy.

  3. I have trouble with books that are preachy. I'm for women's rights, environmental care, etc., but I don't want a book that keeps jabbing at me.

  4. I have started this book like three times and still haven't got that far into it. I don't think it is my book...

  5. I have just started this book. I'm not sure what I think yet.

  6. You linked to my review so you know I loved it, until the last chapter. I didn't find it preachy at all. The parts about WHY she did it all weren't what I loved though, I loved her brains in pulling off the stunts.

  7. I read this one last week and just thought it was eh.

  8. I'm so glad that there are others who didn't fall in love with Frankie. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one.

  9. I snagged this one from the bargain bin at the bookstore some time ago, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

  10. Yeah, I was non-plussed by this one too. Maybe it was the preaching.



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