Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Audiobook of the Week

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks
E. Lockhart

Frankie enters her second year of boarding school a new girl. Seniors she hung out with the year before with her sister don’t even recognize her, but one likes what he sees. He calls her adorable and eventually his girlfriend, but Frankie knows he’s hiding something...membership to a male-only secret society that her father belonged to when he attended the school. Frankie decides to infiltrate that world and stir things up a bit.

As a reader:

I love how the book explores the theme of seeing and breaking the unwritten rules that bind us, especially as girls/women. Though I do think the sexual conflict between the most popular senior boy and his inexperienced sophomore girlfriend could have been handled in a more believable way without taking away from these broader themes.  

As a writer:

I also appreciated, to my surprise, the strong but unidentified narrator of this book. The author took some risks I’d advise most would-be writers not to take, but E. Lockhart is established and (I’m convinced) talented enough to pull it off.

If you like this you might also like:

The Earth, My Butt and Other Round Things and Vegan Virgin Valentine- Carolyn Mackler
Viola in Reel Life- Adriana Trigiani
Peace, Love and Baby Ducks- Lauren Myracle
Looking for Alaska- John Green

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