Posted by: Lizzie Ross | April 6, 2010

“Homage to girl-power”

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart (2008), Hyperion (345 pp.)

The quote in the post title is from Donna Freitas’ review of this book in the NYTimes (08/15/2008). It took me 4 months to get the book, but I read it in 2 days, and loved every word.

Just very quickly: Frankie attends a private school and manages to take charge of a secret club, but the members don’t realize she’s the one coming up with ideas for pranks. The book is her confession to the school authorities, a record of her deeds. But it’s also a record of her evolution from invisible good girl to beautiful mastermind, and you have to applaud her every step.

If I say much more, it may spoil the book for you. There are boyfriends, friends who are boys, acquaintances who are girls, teachers, parents, the usual crowd in such a book. But all so real-to-life, speaking real language (at least, for 2008). Here’s one of the girls talking about her history class:

“That class is so boring.” Star grimaced. “I can’t stand it. Grigoryan starts talking and I go la-la-la up to my happy place in my head and wait for it to be over. You should see my notebook. It has some of the most complicated doodles in, like, the history of Alabaster.”

If you’re like me, you’ll root for Frankie from the beginning.


  1. […] and get autographs. Read about Lockhart’s Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks here and here (shameless plugs for my other […]

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