The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

by E. Lockhart

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Basic Summary: All her life, Frankie Landau-Banks has been known as Bunny Rabbit. Innocent, kind, adorable and safe. But when she returns to Alabaster Prep (where her father and sister went) as a sophomore, Frankie’s over this depiction. Frankie knows she is a smart and strong young woman who has just as much power as the wealthy, future Good Ole Boys surrounding her. And what better way to prove that power by infiltrating their ranks, while simultaneously rallying for social change within the school?

Kell’s Chatty Review: I adored this book. It was actually recommended to me when it first came out and after reading it, I understand why. If one wanted, one could put down this book as a harmless books about boarding school pranks and first relationships. I found it to be an amazing commentary on feminism, power and social change – while still managing to be amusing and entertaining.

Thoughts about Frankie: What I loved most about Frankie is she’s ridiculously flawed. She’s quirky and stubborn and doesn’t quite fit in with any one group. But most importantly, she knew what causes she believed in and she stood firm upon them (even better, she wavered a bit like any human, but still stood true.). One could probably say that Frankie was a little, well, obsessed. I prefer over-enthusiastic. 🙂

The Social Commentary of the Book: (Slight Spoiler here) There are a lot of little commentaries throughout the book, but the largest one is the role of the Good Ole Boys vs. Feminists. I shouldn’t say “vs.”, it’s more along the lines of – how do we stand for this power-wielding group of males to continuously uphold power without admitting males? I loved that Frankie wasn’t against this type of power management, but more that she wanted the ability to be included in it.

What I wanted to do after reading this book: research secret societies!

What this book taught me about life: Don’t be afraid to question society – it’s not always right.

A Note of the Title: I think this is one of the most ingenious titles in awhile. Even shortened it’s ridiculously curious. Heart.

Re-Readability Rating: A strong 4.

Where this Book came from: The bookstore, where it was bought by me!

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