The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Greetings from Library Land!  (Wouldn’t that be a great theme park?)  My latest read is E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.  I’ve read some of Lockhart’s stuff before and enjoyed it, so I had a feeling I would like this book.  ‘Like’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.  This book was awesome.  Lockhart created a character that is atypical from nearly every other female protagonist in YA literature.  A feminist for the adolescent crowd, if you will.

Frankie Landau-Banks is a sophomore at the elite Alabaster school.  She has a popular senior boyfriend, people seem to like her, she gets good grades, etc.  She should be happy with her life, right?  Well, not so much.  Frankie is tired of accepting the roles society has chosen for her.  When her boyfriend says she’s adorable, she wonders why he doesn’t say that she’s brilliant.

Anyway, Frankie knows that her boyfriend a several other of the school’s most popular guys are members of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, a secret all-male society in which her father was a member during his days at Alabaster.  Frankie is tired of being left out of the club’s dealings, so she decides to infiltrate it and pose as their leader.  It works, and these guys have no idea that she’s the one pulling their strings.

Of course, as is the way of things, chaos inevitably ensues, and Frankie and the Bassets must face up to what has been going on.  Will Frankie be exposed in her quest for power?  Will she go back to being a docile little girl content with her place in the world?  What will happen to the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds?  Read The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks to discover the damage an ambitious, brilliant, angry high school sophomore can wreak on the unsuspecting world around her.

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