Title- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
Author- E. Lockhart.
Publish date- January, 2015.
Publisher- Allen and Unwin.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Frankie Landau-Banks is a mega mastermind.
Few people understand this. Fewer understand the extent of her mastry.
Frankie doesn't like to be ordered around or kept out of things for no good reason, so when she finds out her boyfriend is lying to her and going to secret society club meetings, she is quite happy and capable of taking matters into her own hands without letting anybody know.
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What I thought:
I have been incredibly keen to read The Disreputable History of Frankie L-B for many years. It was one of the first books I ever added to my goodreads to-read list and has never left that list, amidst the many tidies it had seen; it's quite strange, then, that I was fortunate enough to recieve a review copy after being so eager to read it for some years, and even more strange that it was not a thing like I anticipated. It was more serious, less mysterious in certain ways, not quite so lighthearted, and more thought-provoking than I could've hoped for.
It tells the story of Frankie Landau-Banks and her journey to become her true self, I think, and that was, for me, the story that was at the base of it all. Frankie feels shaped and moulded by the whims, expectations and decisions of those around her, and when she finds the boy she's liked for over a year as her boyfriend, she is determined not to become a girl who mindlessly follows, at the same time as not risking a breakup. She sees the ways this happens to others, sees it creep towards her, and she takes steps to ensure it stays at bay.
This, as a whole, was a theme that, really, made me so very happy. Frankie stood out from so many fictional characters, and not just in her self retention. She was intrigued and angry and powerful, cunning and determined and clever, and her traits made a character who was not only an active part in her happiness, but a lively person to read about and someone whose story I truly wanted to follow, and did so with eagerness. It wasn't how I imagined. In many ways, it wasn't better. But certainly it was more profound.
I would recommend this book eagerly. It shows a character who handles herself and makes mistakes and is controlling, all in the search to be true to herself, and it's a really thought-provoking read.