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