Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart

In the latest from one of my absolute favorite YA writers E. Lockhart, sophomore Frankie is trying to make a name for herself and break out of her shell as the delicate "Bunny Rabbit" that everyone must take care of. And while she likes the attention that being "helpless" can get her from her controlling boyfriend, she really wants to do more. So, when she cracks into the secret world of the Bassett Hounds at her private school, she gets both an opportunity to shine and to realize the costs of being famous. Along the way, there is love, philosophy, and "neglected positives."

Though not nearly as fresh as Boy Book or as funny as Fly On the Wall, the story grows on you and picks up dramatically in the home stretch. The characters are great (Frankie especially) and the ideas/concepts even better. I have a soft spot I'll admit for a novel that covers Foucault (a grad school fave) and Vassar Golf Course parties (an undergrad fave -- although I was never as cold as E apparently was!). This is not her best work, but it is a fine read and (as usual) recommended.

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