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


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

by E. Lockhart

YA Contemporary

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer and possibly a criminal mastermind. This is the story of how she got that way.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club. Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school. 
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston. 
Frankie Landau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. When she knows Matthew’s lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done. 
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind. 

This is the story of how she got that way.

This was SO GOOD!

I am a big fan of E. Lockhart after reading We Were Liars (so long ago, now!). As well as that, I was lucky enough to attend one of her events here in Dublin and she seemed like such a creative, hilarious person. I picked up Genuine Fraud next and as some of you may remember from my review here, I wasn’t the biggest fan. But I had only heard good things of The Disreputable History from friends and fellow book-lovers so I was determined to give it a chance.

And I’m so, so glad I did – because this was everything I could’ve wanted and more.

I love the worlds Lockhart creates – I think this is where her biggest talent lies. The uniqueness of each character, her setting and the plot that goes along with it is always so original and unexpected and I love that about her and her books. From the very first page to the very last, there was always a sense of mystery threaded through the story – certainly regarding Matthew Livingston and what his “boys’ club” got up to – that I was so hooked. Every time I put this book down I could barely stop thinking about what was going to happen next, or how the mystery would be resolved.

As well as that, Frankie Landau-Banks as a character was utterly badass and I am here for it! She was quirky, so intelligent, determined, scheming and simply, brilliant! One of my favourite characters from Lockhart and maybe perhaps in any book ever. She had such a hot head and temper and wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she wanted, which I admired so much. I would really recommend this book to everyone – you will love and hate Frankie at the same time and be utterly engrossed in the plot twists and revelations along the way!

5 star APRIL

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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Genuine Fraud

by E. Lockhart

YA Mystery, Contemporary

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC to review in exchange for an honest review!!

Firstly, I know that the blurb is very vague and I also know that I’m going to struggle to review this a lot without spoilers. But I’m going to try my hardest.

I don’t think I should go over what the plot entails because as I’ve already said, it’s like impossible to do without spoiling something. The plot was basically told in reverse. We started the book in the present and then through a series of flashbacks to different times and locations, the story plays out like it happened. This was a clever way to tell a story but for me personally, I think it was so confusing. I’m actually sit not sure what the book was about.

I loved We Were Liars so it’s safe to say I was disappointed when I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would have. However, I am a big fan of E. Lockhart so there were some things I enjoyed about this book.

I loved how tense it was – that even though I didn’t really have an idea of what was going on, I couldn’t stop reading and found myself flying through it. As well as that, the plot twists in this thriller left me with my jaw dropped. Lockhart has a unique writing style that I just love and sometimes I do laugh out loud at some of the things her characters say.

I also really adored the characters of Jule and Imogen and in the best way possible, how they were totally stone-cold bitches. I loved the various references to Victorian novels like Dickens and I loved the mystery behind these characters and their backstories. But at the end of the day, I only wish this book was more coherent so I could understand the story more and enjoy it.