The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

by E. Lockhart

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Overview

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 Landau-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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786838196
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 142,532
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author


E. Lockhart is the author of Dramarama, The Boyfriend List, Fly on the Wall, and The Boy Book. She is also one of the co-authors of How to be Bad, with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski. She has never been a member of a secret society. Not that she'd tell you, anyway.

Visit her on the Web at www.e-lockhart.com.

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 186 reviews.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely well-written and witty. I do recommend it; however it does have a slightly clichéd ending. Overall, it's a very cute story of finding yourself and defining yourself during high school - albeit a rich, extremely exclusive high school.
bookduck More than 1 year ago
Frankie returns to Alabaster Preparatory Academy, a boarding school, for her sophomore year. She's a little curvier than before, and the boys are noticing--although the only boy she cares about is Matthew Livingston, her crush since freshman year. In fact, much of the story is set in motion when Frankie, who is riding a bike, sees Matthew in the first few days of school and becomes so distracted that she loses control of the bike and skins her knee. Matthew comes running over to make sure she's okay, and the two begin to flirt. Two important threads are established: 1) Matthew cannot remember meeting Frankie in the previous year, and 2) Matthew obviously enjoys coming to Frankie's aid. Matthew's inability to remember Frankie gives her a small feeling of insignificance, and inadvertent as well as fake forgetfulness figure prominently in the novel. When Frankie begins to suspect that Matthew is involved in a secret society called the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, she follows him. As their relationship develops, she expects him to tell her more about the Order. Matthew doesn't. Frankie is frustrated--Matthew won't trust her, and she can't join the Order because she is a girl. In addition to dating Matthew, Frankie is swept up into his world, his friends--and she likes it there, something that I believe many girls can identify with. Most of us have either been Frankie or Frankie's friend, watching her become so wrapped up in her boyfriend's life that she begins to forget she has her own. Matthew is sweet and nice--everything a girl could ask for, but he never makes an effort to get to know Frankie's world. And as much as Frankie loves being with Matthew and his friends--other members of the Order and their girlfriends--she dislikes her place in that world. Matthew and his friends discount her as being a sweet sophomore girl. Frankie longs for equal status, recognition, and power. So she decides to do something about it. I loved this book. LOVED. IT. The cast of characters is strong and well-rounded, no matter how big or small their roles. The pacing was spot-on; every time I sat down to read for "just a little while", I lost track of time and just kept reading. I had to know what happened next! I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, and Frankie's wordplay is half the fun of the book. She plays with grammar and comes up with "neglected positives". For example, possible is the neglected positive of impossible. When applied to other words such as "disturbed" and "indulge", the concept becomes more amusing. (I'll save the full explanation for Frankie). There's also a secret society, a mystery, a relationship, and many pranks! The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is also a book that stayed with me--it's been two days since I finished it, and I'm still trying to make sense of Frankie. Thank you, E. Lockhart, for an engrossing, entertaining, and thought provoking book. I highly, highly (with a gold star!) recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend and I both read this book. I hated how it ended. But loved the fact that this girl Frankie went from bunny rabbit to a girl wanting to be in a all boy secret organization. The way she makes her self apart. The relation with people she knows that change in the story. It was a book that I wont forget.
BeachReaderMom23 More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by this aurthor, but not one as well writen as this book! I hope she will continue this series and write abother book with this charachter! This book is for age 13 and over.( Her otherbooks are more for 15-16 and over because of their issues). Its alsot like a spy book and you have to stay alert for what will happen next......and take you by surpsrise!..its a book you will want to read over and over again......Like the Galigher Girls Series! READ IT!!
terrible_lovely More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. After the first 30 pages, I thought about putting it down, but decided to go on reading it anyway. From the back of the book and inside cover, I had been expecting a book that was reminiscent of Meg Cabot--humorous in a silly kind of way. But instead it was pretty serious, and took an angle I wasn't expecting. I'm glad, though, that I continued on with the book, because it was both entertaining and thought-provoking. The story was pretty realistic and the characters were believable. It is no where near becoming one of my favorite books, but it was not a bad read either.
KaylaNicole_MusicLover More than 1 year ago
E. Lockhart is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and if you have read her books it is not hard to understand why. In The Disreputable History, main character Frankie takes over the secret society of the Bassets at her school without any of the all-male members knowing it was her. The main point of this book for me was about learning to only truly rely on yourself and to believe in oneself and to just strive to be your best. This is a great book and everyone should read it. Truly brilliant.
N-Stoppy More than 1 year ago
I just so happened to pick up this book from the library before going away for holiday to the beach this summer. First thing, the cover caught my attention and second this book was very good. I was so caught up in the book, I finished it in a day {very quick read}. I would recommend this book to friends!! This is a must read for summer or anytime for that matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow that was a great, quick read. i mean i guessed most of the plot but it was a great book. i was taken by surprise on how much i liked it and i def. recommend it to anyone looking for a good book. (even though i didn't like the ending *spoiler* i thought alpha and frankie should have gotten together!!!)
book_worm12 More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing read. The main character is flawed, but lovable, and the dialogue is really funny. Everyone should read this book!
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Alabaster Prep is a widely-known boarding school with rich kids roaming the halls. Alabaster students don¿t give a second thought to the mysterious all-male society, the Basset Hounds. Some of them don¿t even know who they are. Then a mildy geeky, curvaceous young woman, Frankie Landau-Banks, wants to take the Basset Hounds farther than just quiet beer parties and lame pumpkin pranks. But she can¿t become a member because, obviously, she is a girl and her boyfriend would certainly not let her join (though he, himself, is a member). In a world of goofballs and wannabes, Frankie must show the Bassets how it¿s done.

The story itself was original and fun. The writing was phenomenal and put other books to shame. I tried really hard, though, to like Frankie, the main character, but I didn¿t not achieve my goal. The only character I did like was looked down upon by everyone else in the book. Once I got to the middle, I was a little drawn away from it. There was a lot of feminism.

The quirky pranks were hilarious so I got a kick out of reading it. I also learned a lot of new words that I will try to remember in the future and use in my everyday vocabulary. Though I had a lot of back-and-forth admiration for this book, it is definitely worth checking out at your local library.

(Another left-down, but there are some sexual references within the pages of this book.)
Angieville More than 1 year ago
I read THE BOYFRIEND LIST awhile back and enjoyed it but somehow didn't make it on to its sequel, THE BOY BOOK, or any of E. Lockhart's other titles. Then THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS came out and there was just so much buzz. And then it was named a finalist for the National Book Award. So I figured I'd better pick it up. Fortunately, Santa brought it to my home this year so I was able to jump right in.

Frankie is a sophomore at Alabaster Prep, super exclusive boarding school for the children of the elite. Ever since she was a kid, Frankie had heard her father and his cronies go on about a mysterious secret society known as the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds. Once she starts at Alabaster it becomes clear that the Order is alive and thriving and open only to males. When she suddenly gains a few curves in the right places and a snazzy new boyfriend to go with them, Frankie becomes aware in a way she hadn't been up to this point in her life. And when the darling boyfriend starts evading her all the time, haring off to locales unspecified with other guys she just knows are in the Order, she decides to follow him. What she discovers from following Matthew (and the subsequent actions she puts into motion) change Frankie (and the Order) permanently. For the better? That's up to the reader. I say yes, but the whole thing is still painful to watch.

I am a bit conflicted over this book. For a variety of reasons. I felt like it really wanted to be SECRET SOCIETY GIRL meets LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Not the best combination, IMO. This wasn't helped by the fact that I kept picturing Alpha (my favorite character) as The Colonel in my head. I usually quite like third person present narration, but in this case it felt slightly contrived, particularly since Frankie never gelled into a tangible character for me. I laughed several times while reading and I liked Frankie but I didn't love her. I liked her for her dogged attempt to wade through the ever shifting waters of a rather assaultive adolescence and an unsympathetically exclusionary pack of boys who told her they liked her but clearly didn't know her at all, nor did they seem to care to. Despite these obstacles, or perhaps because of them, she managed to carve out a place where she could be herself, free from manipulation. I liked her combative and compelling relationship with Alpha. In fact, I wanted more of that and less mooning over lackluster Matthew. But the book ended just when things were getting interesting. I suspect I would really enjoy a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book yesterday and plowed through it. The plot was highly inventive and creative and definitely a fun read.
if you're looking for a quick fun or entertaining read, definitely pick up a copy of this book!
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first, this book seemed like it was going to be just a bit of fluff. It turned out to have a pretty deep message, though, about being true to one¿s self and learning to challenge unfair institutions (in Frankie¿s case this was mostly about challenging patriarchal traditions that treat girls as second-class citizens). While Frankie¿s exclusive prep school life is probably foreign to most teenagers, a lot of her feelings should be relatable. In particular, Frankie is trying to deal with dating Matthew, a boy she really likes and who seems to like her, too ¿ except that he totally underestimates and likes her only because he thinks she is ¿adorable,¿ not because she is funny, smart, athletic, etc. When Frankie stumbles upon the knowledge that Matthew is a member of the school¿s notorious, all-male secret society, she devises a plan to become a part of Matthew¿s hidden life while also impressing him with her abilities. She uses e-mail to impersonate the society¿s leader and dictates pranks the boys should play on the school administration --- all of which have deeper meanings pushing toward social change. Frankie¿s wit and her desire to see social injustices righted make her a very likeable and interesting character. My two minor problems with this book are that the author seems to think teenagers use words like ¿nimrod,¿ ¿weenie,¿ and ¿groddy,¿ in nearly ever sentence (although I next to never hear these words from teens) and the narrator of the audio book thinks that speaking very, very fast will make her sound more like a teenager (only partially true).
marenh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3P - will appeal to girls but not boysQuote: Frankie's heart felt cold, and she thought, "He's angry at me, and this is a repercussion for sitting alone at the senior table, for disagreeing with the she wolf, for demanding that Alpha be nice to me, or for liking the way seahorse daddies carry their babies. It doesn't matter which, even. When I act the way I acted, Matthew doesn't like me as much as he does when I fall off my bicycle." ... But she was, and is, a strategist, and therefore, she considered her options. Quick analysis revealed she had two goals: first, keep her boyfriend; second, stop him from putting her in her place, which is what she felt he was trying to do. He was prioritizing something else and didn't want her to ask, complain, or wonder about it.
LindsayHanson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q, 3P"Matthew had called her harmless. Harmless. And being with him made Frankie feel squashed into a box - a box where she was expected to be sweet and sensitive (but not oversensitive); a box for young and pretty girls who were not as bright or as powerful as their boyfriends. A box for people who were not forces to be reckoned with.Frankie wanted to be a force." (page 214)
Capfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's dangerous sometimes to pick up books because of gushing. Your expectations come in maybe too high. And for a book like this one, where I came to it from a super-literary book tournament (aptly named the Tournament of Books) as an example of a young adult novel that really can stand up with the best in fiction overall, it's perhaps more so. I'm quite open-minded regarding YA stuff, anyway - reading these reviews, something like that's pretty clear by now. But if it's something getting the royal treatment from a bunch of people inclined to see YA as beneath their notice, well, one can't help get the sense that something's really going to be awesome, and then wait for the backlash when you get down to the reading.But then I actually read it, and... no, it really was just that good. Seriously, just a great, fast, exciting read from top to bottom, and I threw it up on my favorites list about ten seconds after I finished reading it. So apparently, that makes it my turn to gush? I can do some gushing.Here's our story: Frankie Landau-Banks is a newly-minted sophomore at Alabaster, an elite New England boarding school, and her life is changing. In her freshman year, she dealt with her older sister's friends, and made a few of her own through debate club. During the summer break, though, she developed into a beauty, and now she's attracted the attention of a senior boy, Matthew Livingston, who she's had eyes for since she arrived at the school, and makes her way more into his group of friends. He's a pretty good boyfriend, but his attention is divided between her and his best friend, Alessandro Tesorieri, or Alpha, as he's known. What pull does Alpha have with Matthew? As Frankie looks into it, her knowledge of school history through her father's attendance there comes into play, and she decides to embark on a plan to show what her position at Alabaster can really be.It's hard not to get into spoilers by describing further, but this book really excels on all fronts: plot, writing, character, and themes, all are stellar. Really, I loved the characters, and found them really believable - further, Frankie and Matthew both really love words and their use, and that's a sure way into my heart. Frankie in particular stands out to me: she wants to find her place, and be recognized for the person she is and the talent she has, to really attract attention, and she wants some adventure, but she's also a teenager who likes hanging out with the cool older kids and having a cute, attentive boyfriend, and she has to reconcile these different thoughts and impulses to figure out what she really wants. Matthew and Alpha are both quite well-drawn, too. In a different book, getting together with Matthew, a sporty, upper-class who does want to help Frankie and is generally a stand-up guy, would be the goal. Getting together with him would be the end of the story, a happy ending for Frankie.In this book, though, what happens is really a good look at privilege and sexism, even among people who probably wouldn't really see themselves as all that privileged or sexist. It's about some of the ways in which women are excluded from participating in various forms of society, how boys and girls may see things differently, and the different reactions one can have to the leftover sexism in the world. Alongside some straight-up discussion, all these telling details add up to this view, little metaphorical hits - Matthew's thick glasses, the way he seems to like her best when she fits into the mold he has her in. And the ways that people respond to her trying to take a place in the hierarchy, who notices her and who doesn't... it's really interesting, and it doesn't come across as heavy-handed at all.I really enjoyed the writing, as well - it's exciting, fast and sharp, witty and fun, but when it takes a turn for the serious, Lockhart still sells it. I'm definitely going to try some of her other books, too, after this one. She has a sure feel of the story she wants
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frankie Landau-Banks is feisty and intelligent. This coming of age book takes a sharp look at peer pressure and the need to belong. Set in a Northern New England wealthy prep school, the previously independent Frankie finds the spot light when one of the richest and the most attractive, popular young man looks her way. Wanting to belong in the boys network, she sadly learns the barriers and perceptions of male vs. female roles.There is nothing particularly in depth or special about this book, but, it was a quick, delightful read.
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good book that tells the story of a sophmore at private school who is trying to prove herself as a girl. In her school, boys have their own secret society and girls are treated by their boyfriends as cute and even stupid. She takes over their secret society and proves that she can be one of the boys.
Florinda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To everyone's surprise - including her own - Frankie Landau-Banks made the proverbial transformation from ugly (well, average) duckling to swan during the summer between her freshman and sophomore years at Alabaster Prep. Returning to school without the comforting oversight of her older sister Zada, now graduated and off at Berkeley, she's a new person - or, at the very least, an unrecognizable one. While she's miffed that she seemingly made so little impression on people the year before, she's definitely making one now, and she's captured the notice of her long-time crush, senior Matthew Livingston.Frankie's father attended Alabaster, and he's told tales of a secret society from his days there; rumors are that it's still around, and Frankie suspects that her boyfriend and his friends know something about it. The thing about secrets is that, one way or another, someone with the determination to crack them usually finds a way to do it - and when the person who cracks a secret knows something about it that you don't, power shifts.The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is propelled by subterfuge and secret plots, but there's more to it than that. It's about challenging expectations and traditions, girl power vs. Old Boys, identity politics and social maneuvering. It's not just about high-school life; it's boarding-school life, where the intensity of high school ramps up because you're always there. And it's about Frankie Landau-Banks, whose sudden external changes are the catalyst for reassessing who she is on the inside, and for wanting to prove that she's more than what she is on the outside. She is certainly not her family's "Bunny Rabbit" any more; she is an emerging feminist with an active, inquiring mind of her own.I loved this book from the first chapter. Frankie is one of the sharpest characters I've met lately, and I adored her. The story is smart, and so is the writing - it's funny, yet thoughtful, and rings true. I'm begging my 16-year-old to read The Disreputable History... - I hope she will, because I think she'll love Frankie too. I'm not sure how you could NOT love Frankie.
MzzArts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The speedy, steady, journalist-like voice of the narrator, which contrasts well with the dynamic protagonist, hooked me immediately, making this book a very quick read. While Lockhart tackles issues of sexism and feminism directly, there is room enough for the reader to contemplate these ideas independently. As for protagonist Frankie, despite her uncommonly privileged boarding school lifestyle, female readers will still relate. In my opinion, the denouement happened too quickly, but I appreciate that Lockhart maintained realism by neither sugar-coating nor over-dramatizing events and outcomes.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick glance at this YA book might give you the misleading idea that this is just a story about a cute high school sophomore, Frankie (Francis), who manages to snag a ¿gorgeous¿ senior boyfriend, Matthew, thereby acquiring status and happiness all at once. But this simple premise belies a more complex reality. Frankie may be quite physically appealing, but she wants to be appreciated for more than just her looks. She chafes at being considered simple and sweet and inconsequential. In the summer prior to her sophomore year, a lot happens to Frankie. Most significantly, she ¿fills out¿ and becomes attractive to the opposite sex. At the beach, she flirts with a boy who seems to like her. When school starts, she finds out he is one of the most popular boys, known as Alpha (for "top dog"), but he pretends not to know her. His best friend, however, the previously mentioned gorgeous Matthew, notices the newly nubile Frankie right away and becomes her boyfriend. Alpha isn¿t helpful; he might be jealous, but more importantly, he sees Frankie as a threat to the hold he has over his group of male friends.Frankie sets out to prove to them that she can be a valuable member of the crowd; that she is more than just ornamentation. But she runs up against barriers she never expected. One surprising discovery is that the guys don¿t really care if Frankie has a bunch of ideas that are more clever than anything they can make up; when the guys get together, they are more interested in the male bonding for itself than the nature of what they actually do together. It¿s a barrier she simply can¿t pierce.Frankie doesn¿t want to ¿win¿ by being a sexy babe. She wants to win by virtue of her heart, brains and courage. But she would be better off hanging out with the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion and heading off to Oz, where only magic can break through the reality of socialization and perhaps ingrained species adaptational behavior.It is not only Frankie¿s family who still thinks of her as ¿Bunny Rabbit.¿ And it is not only in fiction that stereotypical roles linger. The popularity of "Grease" is a case in point. (In 1979 "Grease" took over the record as the longest-running show in the history of Broadway and the hit film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John proved to be the highest-grossing movie musical ever.) "Pretty Woman" (sometimes known as "Pretty Sexist") in which the prostitute with heart of gold is transformed into Cinderella and rescued by a handsome corporate prince, has grossed an estimated box office total of over US$450 million as of March, 2010, making it the most successful romantic comedy of all time.But some women, like young Frankie, believe there is more to life than being a ¿bunny rabbit.¿ Frankie didn¿t want to be cuddly. And she desperately wanted respect. But she didn¿t want the respect that came just from being the girlfriend of a cute senior. At the same time, she was envious of what Matthew and his male friends had that was conferred on them not by inner worth, but simply by gender and class: "Expensive clothes and high status had little effect on Frankie. But their money and popularity made life extremely easy for Matthew, Dean, Alpha, and Callum. They did not need to impress anyone and were therefore remarkably free from snarkiness, anxiety, and irksome aspirational behaviors, such as competition over grands and evaluation of one another¿s clothing. They were not afraid to break the rules, because consequences rarely applied to them. They were free. They were silly. They were secure." Frankie needs to figure out what she really wants. And she has to decide what to do when she finally figures that what Matthew likes her for being ¿a smaller, younger person that he was, with no social power.¿ If it is only by acting a role that she can get the respect and freedom she craves, but it¿s not the kind of respect to which she aspires, what are her choices? And how will her decision affect h
katie4098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(This review is based on my personal reading of the book, as well as listening to the audio book.)If you are looking for an inspiring book for girls with strong feminine role models, or an enjoyable light YA read, leave this one one the shelf and keep looking. The protagonist, Frankie, is supposed to come across as a feminist who wants to be respected as a person rather than dismissed because of her sex; however, she becomes obsessed with control and loses sight of the goals of her actions. She really isn't a feminist at all, but an insecure and overlooked teen girl who craves power and popularity. She is actually a very shallow person, and has a very annoyingly childish speech habit that really distracts from the story. She also belittles her roommate for choosing to pursue feminine activities that she enjoys rather than pretending to enjoy drinking beer and partying with guys. I would feel differently if Frankie's feelings were resolved in the end, but in this case they are not-- Frankie is still the same power- and popularity-hungry person in the end, and doesn't seem to have learned her lesson. This book had the opportunity to teach teen girls to be yourself, value friends who appreciate you for who you are, and avoid wasting time on people who don't care about your true talents and abilities. It really missed the mark, instead leaving Frankie still bitter about her loss of popularity yet happy that people noticed what she was capable of (orchestrating ingenious pranks), regardless of the fact that they now despise her. Additionally, the dialog and language of the teen boys in the story does not ring true at all. As another reviewer mentioned, the word "grodie" is overused, as are the words "nimrod" and "freaking." The reader of the audio book actually pronounced it as written, saying "freaking," which sounds very unnatural. In my experience, most teens do not use such tame language in everyday conversation. While I'm glad the author didn't feel the need to pepper the dialog with curse words, a few carefully chosen words would have been useful, just to allow the language to seem more believable. None of the characters are particularly likeable, besides maybe Frankie's roommate Trish, though she makes few appearances in the novel. Frankie herself is especially unlikeable, as is her boyfriend Matthew and all his friends. It's ironic that Frankie is always complaining about being seen as Matthew's arm candy, since the only apparent reason she likes him is because he is cute and popular. Frankie only likes him because he connects her to his friends and elevates her social status, yet she is angry because he only likes her for her perceived femininity and outer beauty. Talk about a double standard...I think there are some very good books out there with characters teens can relate to and admire. This book is not one of them. I really do not understand all the glowing reviews and awards...
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frankie Landau-Banks is a legacy at prestigious Alabaster Prep. Her father Franklin, Senior, went there when it was an all boys¿ school; her older sister was a senior there when Frankie started as a freshman. But the summer before her sophomore year, something happened to her. She ¿filled out her figure and transformed from a homely child into a loaded potato ¿ all while sitting quietly in a suburban hammock, reading the short stories of Dorothy Parker and drinking lemonade.¿ When she returns to school in the transformation continues, bicycling across campus, she loses control while taking a long distracted look at hunky senior Matthew Livingston. Falling off the bike makes her feel like a fool, until Matthew runs to her aid. ¿Then she felt like a genius.¿ Pretty soon Matthew is her boyfriend. He introduces her to his friends, including the Big Man on Campus, Alessandro Tesorieri, known to everyone as ¿Alpha¿, as in leader of the pack.After a few weeks Frankie notices that whenever Alpha calls, Matthew has to go, leaving her behind. She starts to wonder. Where are they going and what are they doing, and why isn¿t she allowed to come along? So one evening when Matthew tells her he has to break a date with her because Alpha reminded him that he had be somewhere else doing something that he won¿t tell Frankie about, she decides to trail him. In the old gym she discovers that there really is a pack, the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, an all-male secret club devoted to pranks and practical jokes, to which her father was a member. But, why should the boys have all the fun?
AmandaCharland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmmm. I didn't love this book. It was an okay, fun read. It had a strong message to girls, which is, don't erase yourself when you fall for a guy. Positive, I guess. There was just so much competition with the 'stronger gender', the more 'powerful sex' that it gave too much credibility to that old school way of thinking for me. If you can get passed that, you end up with an exciting story of a girl at a boarding school who feels left out of her school's boys-only secret society so she decides to infiltrate them. They literally become her puppets and she, the puppet master. She does this at the expense of all of her new friends and her boyfriend though. Like I said, I didn't love this one.
jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Up until right now, I couldn¿t get the title of this book right in my mind. I always left out a word or spelled a name wrong¿searching for this book anywhere took me awhile. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks could have an even longer name and I would still read it! The name works with the story and I¿m finally able to recite it from memory.Frankie is a wonderful narrator with a strong voice. I enjoyed her story. Her humor and her outlook had me wanting to read more¿another page turner for me. Frankie just wanted to be treated as an equal throughout the story and to be part of something she thought she had a right and wanted to be included in. Frankie¿s story isn¿t just good for teenagers. I was also questioning and thinking about things in my life I could change to be like Frankie. She¿s only 15 years old, but she could be a role model for any woman at any age. Frankie is very inspiring and the courage and strive she showed during her story is commendable.I loved much of the talk of secret societies, this book pretty much revolves around them, or one in particular. The talk of even a popular secret society movie had me smile. E. Lockhart¿s writing style is just gorgeous and all the little details she adds regarding language and panopticon (the dictionary helped me here) enhanced the story.I¿m now an E. Lockart FAN! I will be checking out her other novels probably starting with The Boyfriend List because I already own it. I¿m hoping her other novels are just as fantastic if not better than The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.