Sunday, August 17, 2008
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Back at her elite boarding school after a summer vacation in which she has grown from duckling to swan, sophomore Frankie starts dating cool, gorgeous senior Matthew and instantly becomes a part of his charmed social circle. Hanging with Matthew and his crowd is a thrill, but Frankie begins to chafe as she realizes that the boys are all members of the secret society to which her own father belonged, the Loyal Order of the Basset Hound, and that not only will they never let her join, Matthew will not even tell her about it. But that doesn’t stop Frankie. She is determined to prove herself to Matthew so she concocts a brilliant plan to infiltrate the Bassets and has them carry out a series of pranks that wittily challenge the politics of the school.
E. Lockhart’s writing is full of wit and spunk. Frankie is an interesting heroine whose insights on life are entertaining and thought-provoking. The biggest problems were my inability to like most of the characters (besides Frankie) and the neglected positives grew tiresome. The first half of the book is pretty meager in terms of plot, but picks up towards the end once Frankie has infiltrated the society. Overall, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a lukewarm read.