Publication: 25th March 2008/Hyperion.
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"Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.
This is the story of how she got that way."
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is one that I liked but yet I couldn't say I enjoyed reading it. However, that being said, I will that I wanted to finished because I wanted to know what had happened.
After reading the blurb I expected Frankie to be a pretty kick-ass girl who is on her way to becoming a criminal mastermind. Sorry, for the spoiler but no, the book was not like at all. Frankie is a lead female character that I respected because she is fierce and smart. She is aware that puberty is the reason for her newly found popularity among the seniors. She is also intuitive and independent. Yet, she is also insecure. All she wants is for her boyfriend's friends to like her. I found that some of her actions were not so she could show that women are equal to men but to show her boyfriend 'look at what I can do, now you should love me'.
At some points, I found the narrative confusing especially with the "the neglected positive". You had to be on your toes when reading what Frankie was saying!
I won't tell you not to read but I will not advise it either. It is a fast read, I got through it in one sitting but that doesn't mean it was an easy read, going about to the point about "the neglected positive".