The Disreputable History of Frankie Landu-Banks – E. Lockhart


I picked this up in Waterstones because A) I had nothing to read and it sounded kinda interesting and B) because it was a signed copy and I’m a real sucker for anything signed.

I’ll start with the summery… this book is about an intelligent and feisty young teenager named Frankie Landu- Banks who is able to attend a very fancy boarding school. Frankie is one of those girls that completely transforms one summer and suddenly goes from girl with no boobs or curves to WHAM massive bust, lovely hips and a sizable bum, she’s now stunningly beautiful (by the way how unfair is that? I have never known that to happen ever, and if it does… URRG WHY WORLD?!). So she’s gorgeous now and turning heads everywhere she goes, so when she finally goes back to school her all – time crush suddenly notices her and wants to date her (unrealistic…). So all is cushy and nice UNTIL she finds out about an all – male society that she can’t join, even though she would bring so much to it, anyway she tries to prove herself and all hell breaks loose.

What I really liked about this book is the very prominent feminism shown throughout as Frankie can kick those guy’s arses! But contrastingly there are some points when Frankie is really typically girly and playing the damsel in distress just to impress Mathew (her crush turned BF) and that really irritated me!
I also really enjoyed the suspense of the book, I felt like I wanted to know what was going to happen but there just wasn’t enough to make me keep reading into the early hours of the morning… if ya get me…

At some points I felt as though I was in an English lesson or in a History class, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I did feel as though it was a little wordy and I felt myself falling asleep sometimes…
Also I really could not connect with any of the characters. Frankie really annoyed me even though I understood what she was doing and why he was doing it but URRG some of the things just drove me up the wall! When it comes to her crush to be BF Mathew I found the picture that was depicted was very nice indeed but he was just a bit crappy and needs to sort out his priorities I mean seriously…

Anyway that’s about it, I did enjoy this book but I found some bits a little annoying and unrealistic. I’m going to award this book 3 out of 5 stars * * *. A good read but irritating.


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