The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Secrets are more powerful when people know you’ve got them.
― E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
I happened upon this book while perusing the audiobook section of the library and I’m so thrilled that I did. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the premise of this book – A book of secrets, a secret society of boys a girl wants to infiltrate and better yet – prove that a girl is just as capable if not more so than the boys at getting a job done. Win!
The story has a cast of well developed characters that come to life, especially the heroine – Frankie Landau-Banks. I really liked her and all her escapades. The plot was fast paced and there was always something happening.
My only criticism is that at times it felt preachy in regards to Frankie’s thoughts about just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I don’t matter or just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I shouldn’t belong. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE that message, but reiterated too many times and it becomes trite.
Aside from that minuscule quibble, I absolutely adore this story and would highly recommend it. The audiobook narration was wonderfully done and very entertaining. If you like a cool premise with awesome characters and a heroine you’ll love – read (or listen to) this book.