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

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

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Genres: Young Adult

Themes: Romance, Mystery

Rating: 2 stars

16 year old Frankie Landau-Banks is on her way to becoming one of the most popular girls at school now that she’s started to become involved with Matthew Livingston, who along with his friends, is pretty much at the top of the high school food chain. For a while, Frankie plays the role of cute and naïve sophomore but it’s not long before she starts to wish that she could be seen for who she really is: an intelligent and witty girl worthy of being a part of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds… The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks tells a tale of mystery and mischief caused by an unsuspecting mastermind.

It took me quite a long time to get into this book; after reading the first few chapters, I ended up going back to the beginning because I was struggling to follow what was happening. I think it was because there was a lot of information to process about Frankie’s life and I was finding it difficult to remember everything. Nothing was really maintaining my interest either, and so that was my initial experience of the book. It wasn’t until I was around 200 pages into the story that I started to enjoy what was happening. There was more drama and it seemed like Frankie was finally (!!) starting to challenge the way her senior boyfriend, Matthew and his friends were treating her.

Frankie was an okay main character; she was smart and cunning but I didn’t really connect with her or her journey. I get that she wanted to challenge the traditions of the school, and show her “friends” that she was capable of being a member of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds who were supposed to be this secret club, strictly for the most elite of the elite boys (rolls eyes) but honestly… I don’t get why she wanted to keep that circle of friends in the first place. She was 100 times more smarter than everyone in that private school she attended, and she deserved friends who had more respect for her, and valued her talents. Trish was the only friend worth keeping as she was the one who truly cared about Frankie, and shared sensible thoughts. She was the only one who really looked out for her and it annoyed me that Frankie didn’t really see that. And so I just didn’t connect with the story as much as I was hoping to and whilst parts of it was entertaining, and whilst it was a quick read, I don’t think the plot was that gripping, or that impactful.

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