Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart


Young Adult > Contemporary | Realistic Fiction

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
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.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
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.

Literary Awards: National Book Award Nominee for Young People’s Literature (2008), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2008), Cybils Award for Young Adult Fiction (2008), Printz Honor (2009), South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2011), ALA Teens’ Top Ten (2009), Florida Teens Read Nominee (2009), Iowa Teen Award Nominee (2011), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2011)


…Somehow I didn’t find the charm in it. :/

When I finished the book, I felt like this: My friend told me a joke. I keep waiting for the punchline but it never came. The highlight that I expected for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks NEVER CAME.

But Lockhart’s writing is really good. And I was excited that perhaps after all this quotable quotes, something exciting is in store for me. So I keep reading… I should’ve stop when my instincts told me to stop. *wears my DISAPPOINTMENT hat*

I didn’t see the purpose of detailing Frankie’s history. and it’s not that disreputable. Was Lockhart only giving me a tour inside a snotty prep school?

I didn’t get it. I really, really just didn’t get The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. No story here, folks. Just a rambling teenager who felt out-of-place, and then pretended to be one of the guys, so she can pull pranks at her school. Ugh.

Ms. Lockhart? I don’t need a lecture. I need an adventure. Obviously, it’s not here.



Hardcover, 342 pages

Published March 25th 2008 by Hyperion

2/5 stars


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