The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks By E. Lockhart
Published 6 Nov 2014 By Hot Key Books
Summary: 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.
E. Lockhart is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors to date. This is my second E. Lockhart and I am still as impressed as I was the first time.
There’s something about Lockhart’s writing that is so beautiful and engaging. It was so difficult to put The Disreputable History down; every time I tried, all I could think about was wonder what Frankie was up to next.
The Disreputable History is brilliant: its a good blend of mystery, humour and romance. Admittedly, the cute romance at the beginning and the continued progression of said romance threw me off a little bit. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the romance and following Frankie’s growth from nobody to somebody, I worried that the book would focus less on the secret societies and more on the relationship.
But E. Lockhart does no wrong. As the book continues, it becomes evident how important this relationship is, and how much both the relationship and the secret society has affected Frankie. Frankie became someone who wanted to prove she was better than what’s expected of her; Frankie refused to stick with the status quo.
Frankie’s gung-ho can-do attitude was inspiring. She’s definitely a strong female lead who can think for herself and does not succumb to peer pressure. Certainly, Frankie has her flaws. She began her journey wanting to impress others and maintain her new found prominence, but soon realised that her time at the top was ticking — and its better to prove others wrong.
As a whole, there is nothing within the book that is “less important” than the rest: each incident and account proved to play an important role. The different stories and events intertwined to create a brilliantly mysterious and witty piece. Frankie is a fresh new voice — one that dares to challenge the patriarchy of society, and for that, her efforts deserve to be applauded.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is a refreshing piece and one that I would re-read and remember for a long time to come.