The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages: 352
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 15 years/Sophomore
Drug/Alcohol Use: some characters drink beer
Social Issues: high school pranks, feminism, first love, double standard of treatment of boys versus girls
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
The summer after her freshman year, something wonderful happens to Frankie Landau-Banks. She finally grows into her awkward face and body and becomes “pretty”. Pretty enough that when she returns to prestigious boarding school Alabaster Prep for her sophomore year, she catches the attention of her crush, senior hotty and BMOC Matthew. Before she knows it, she’s Matthew’s girlfriend, complete with the honor of hanging out with Matthew’s cool buddies, especially the charming and enigmatic Alpha.
However, soon Frankie begins to feel as though she is nothing more than arm candy, acceptable as Matthew’s quiet, unassuming girlfriend content to sit on the sidelines but not worthy of inclusion in his secret all-male society, the Royal Order of the Basset Hounds. Being smart and self-aware, Frankie begins to chaffe at the unfairness of this Boys Club mentality that keeps women at arms length. She engineers her way into the society through a back door and, before long, becomes its powerful undercover leader. But when her secrets begin to come out, Frankie has to face the reality that even though she’s proven herself to be more than worthy of inclusion and respect, some out-of-date traditions cannot be broken without severe consequences.
Potential Points of Concern:
Frankie masterminds several harmless school pranks.
When Frankie’s role as the undercover leader of the Royal Order of the Basset Hounds is discovered, she loses all of her friends, including Matthew.
Frankie faces a double standard in the treatment and acceptance of behaviour from a boy versus a girl.
Age Appropriateness: 12 +