The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

A Novel

Lockhart, E.

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2008
ISBN: 9780786838189
Branch Call Number: y LOCKHART
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,21 cm


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Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

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Apr 27, 2014
  • TrixiPost rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book. Frankie is a character I wanted to get to know and so I stuck it through to the end. She is, however, the only developed character. The roommate and boys are really two dimensional. Still, it was a quick read and I liked it. And, like another review said, it's enjoyable even for a grownup teenager, which I am (if you consider a middle aged with two kids, one a teenager herself, a "grownup teenager").

Sep 27, 2013
  • gribbles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Boarding school, a secret club, practical jokes and a strong-smart-funny female heroine. This is a very fun read, even for grown-up teenagers.

Sep 27, 2013
  • booksmaht rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frankie is everything I enjoy in a heroine -- funny, smart, and unafraid to call boys on their bullshit.

Aug 08, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Are you looking for a good read this holiday season? The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is my new favorite. Frankie follows in her father's footsteps by attending the elite Alabaster boarding school. Her freshman year was relatively uneventful. With the help of her older sister she has managed to make a good group of friends that are slightly nerdy but still somewhat popular. At the begining of her Sophomore year Frankie is pining once more for the handsome Mathew Livingston. When he finally asks her out Frankie is swept up with the feeling of being popular. She falls for Mathew's friends almost as much as she likes Mathew. But when she finds out that Mathew is part of a secret all-male club at the school she doesn't like being left out. Instead of confronting Mathew and his friends, Frankie decides to infiltrate their secret society. But in the process Frankie begins to forget who she is. Check out The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart today!

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this novel. On the surface it's a brilliant tale of boarding school life and some serious pranks orchestrated by a teenage girl. But below that it is an exploration of feminist ideas, relationships between men and women, and the concept of a cultural panopticon. The novel moves easily between these two elements and it does so while following Frankie who is a thoroughly fascinating character. While I didn't always like her, I could sympathize with some of her emotions and I was thoroughly intrigued by her quest to prove herself.

Dec 18, 2012
  • aboyter rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's been a couple of years since I read this book, but when I saw the cover image scroll by I had to leave a comment. This book, though it was not fantasy, was fun, energetic, and it made me think.

This book was about bending the norm. It was about breaking tradition. It was about teaching a bunch of uppity guys a lesson. What can I say, the feminist in me applauds the main character and her ingenious male manipulations.

But the book wasn't centered around feminism. Frankie was trying to find her place like all teenager/young adults. What was so different about her was her deep thoughts and philosophical proofs: do we make society fit us or do we follow society's rules.

Whenever I look at a sidewalk i'll always think of Frankie and wonder if I'm the type of person who walks on the lawn to get to a class because it is the shortest distance and most convenient to me, forcing the university to build a sidewalk on my path or suffer an imperfect lawn, or do I walk on their sidewalk to get to class even if it is out of my way because I let society rule over me.

Even without the philosophy, this book was a scream. I couldn't put it down. Frankie's pranks were epic.

Dec 10, 2012
  • bookelf221 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was nothing like I expected, to the point that I told myself at 50 pages I was going to put the book down.... and I didn't. Not a shocker to anyone who knows me, I picked this up because of the Basset Hound ties. I have a Basset Hound so am very excited anytime I find one referenced in literature. So I was expecting a book about the shenanigans of a Teen and her Basset Hound...instead I got a wonderful commentary on gender segregation in society, specifically an elite boarding school and the story of a spunky teenage girl who decided she was tired of it and was going to fight back. Frankie's shenanigans and ability to manipulate the boys who were members of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds kept me turning the pages until the story ended. I enjoyed every minute of the story (once I accepted the fact it was not about actual Basset Hounds). The only thing that really upset me was the fact that none of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds forgave Frankie, or even attempted to understand her. I got the impression from the last e-mail that Alpha did, but the ending still left me a bit unsatisfied. Maybe because I wasn't to see her and Alpha work things out and become friends. Either way, the ending left me wanting. However, despite not quite ecstatic feelings about the ending, I really did love this book and I loved how Frankie decided she was tired of being overlooked because she had a chest. I liked the fact that she wasn't really acting out just to get attention (although she was tired of being ignored), she really wanted to change the way the people at the university were thinking.

Jun 21, 2012
  • joannalib rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Manages to be both hysterically witty and thoughtfully clever.

Aug 01, 2011
  • akleung rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I had to stop reading after a few chapters because I didn't like Frankie or even the plots. It was kind of boring.

Jun 23, 2011
  • ScribiraMagnus rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the wit and how frankie was trying to overthrow some of those boundaries between men and women, but i think she carried it too far. now everyone hates her, or the people who don't hate her think she should go to a counselor. she got the whole admiration thing in the end, but she lost her friends. that might be good for her, but i think that going through life admired but not liked is lonely. frankie ended up being one of those people who try to get attention in a way they think will get everyone to like them, but just gets everyone disgusted in them. all in all, the humor and the power of women theme was good, but the ending was bad.

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