July 25, 2011

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

I have a thing for books set at boarding schools. I never went to boarding school, so maybe that's part of the fascination for me. I love being immersed in the richly detailed settings and discovering the school's history, culture, and traditions. At Alabaster, one of the country's most competitive and prestigious boarding schools, one of these traditions is an all-male secret society called The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds. Frankie, a sophomore girl, catches the eye of Matthew Livingston, a senior Basset. Frankie's dad was a Basset, so she already knows a little bit about the society's history, but she sets out to learn even more. Because the Bassets won't allow girls to join, Frankie develops a mischievous plan in which she orchestrates a number of clever pranks for the Bassets to perform, while tricking them into believing that a fellow Basset is behind it all. 

This fast-paced story is witty and engaging. Frankie is a smart, independent teen girl who refuses to accept the status quo or to be underestimated based on her gender. She's one of my new favorite YA heroines! The third-person narrator did a little too much "telling" rather than "showing" for my taste, but overall The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was an enjoyable read. 





1 comments:

Jennifer said...

Adding this to my TBR shelf now.

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