Sunday, 23 November 2014
Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Fifteen-year-old Frankie Landau-Banks has grown up a lot over the summer. She's no longer daddy's little girl - and almost immediately after starting the new semester at her highly prestigious school, she bags goofy-but-gorgeous Matthew Livingston as her boyfriend. They get along great but then Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of a boys-only secret society that specialise in 'hilarious' pranks. Which hardly seems fair... especially when Frankie knows she's smarter than any of its members. And to prove this, she's going to teach them a lesson.
Impersonating lead member Alpha by using a fake email account is surprisingly easy, and soon Frankie is setting the boys up with all sorts of ridiculous schemes and sending them on wild goose chase after wild goose chase. Alpha's not prepared to lose face and admit it's not him sending the emails - but the fun can't last forever, and soon Frankie will have to choose between what she think she wants, and the reputation she deserves.
I've been waiting to review this book for a while trying to work out what to say about it and even now after several days of letting it mull over in mind I really do not have much to say.
It was readable enough and the story went along nicely but I must admit I wasn't a fan of any of the characters and while I could see what the author was trying to do I just didn't care all that much.
The story follows the story of Frankie quiet girl turned cool girl over the summer. Of course this means she now gets to go out with the hottest boy in school and hang about with his crowd doing all the things that the cool crowd at boarding do like have parties late at night in out of bounds area or get to sit on the best table in the canteen. I must admit this really put me off her. While I did like the fact that she was challenging the system but it felt too much like rich white girl has a paddy about being discriminated against when actually she has it pretty good and that annoyed me alot. I guess I'm back to my pet hates of YA fiction at the moment