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abookaweek 2012: week twenty-eight

2012 July 15
by Romy

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

Category: YA

Story: Frankie Landau-Banks is an average student, with average intelligence and average good looks, at an elite boarding school. When she catches the attention of the most popular guy at school, she starts dating him and discovers that he is part of an all-male secret society. Feeling excluded as a girl, she decides to get even.

Opinion: Honestly, I kept cringing while I was writing the plot summary, it sounds so awful. It’s really not that bad, though. The book had a slow start for me and only really piqued my interest when she got involved with the secret society, but once it did I found it pretty fun.

That said, a major theme in this book is feminism, and how Frankie is trying to break some antiquated rules in the name of emancipation; however at the core of the book is her relationship with this guy who doesn’t show any interest in her, regularly stands her up to go hang out with one of his friends, and really brings nothing to the relationship other than being popular. It really bothered me that she was trying to impress him and putting up with his behavior, while trying to be empowered as a woman. Major flaw.

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