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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Frankie Landau Banks at age 14 Debate Club Her father s bunny rabbit A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school Frankie Landau Banks at age 15 A knockout figure A sharp tongue A chip on her shoulder And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend the supremely goofy, word obsessed Matthew Livingston Frankie Landau Banks, at age 16 No longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer and possibly a criminal mastermind This is the story of how she got that way.Frankie Landau Banks No longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer Especially when no means she s excluded from her boyfriend s all male secret society Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places Not when she knows she s smarter than any of them When she knows Matthew s lying to her And when there are so many, many pranks to be done. It s a feminist novel, they said It won a Printz award, they said.What I say Next time I see a 15 year old girl reading ooh secret societies and gender politicsIf you re female and between the ages of about 12 and 25, I cannot think of a single reason why you shouldn t read this book It s fantastic Both highly political and incredibly funny it s the book I wish I d been given to see me through being a teenager and to prepare me for later life And no, I never went to an elite prep school with a bunch of stuffy trainee old boys and a 60 year old all male secret society but I, like every girl I know, could have done with the reassurance that being your own person is important than fitting the mold and that women are worth than just a chest measurement The story spoke to me on many levels and addressed issues that I have written articles on and feel very strongly about.On the surface, it s a high school tale of cliques, first loves and mischief quite like the author s The Boyfriend List 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver and the other Ruby Oliver books I enjoyed reading about Ruby and frequently related to her but, for me, Frankie Landau Banks was all the kick ass, funny and just so memorable She s a 5 star heroine and the perfect partner in crime if only she were real The writing in this novel was flawless with some hilarious dialogue between the characters, particularly regarding some of Frankie s ridiculous neglected positives, it s such a silly idea that shouldn t be so funny but I have no idea how many times I must have laughed Little scenes like this are what made the book for me They re not puppets, they re muppets, said Frankie I have a serious and justified love for Kermit that I will parage to the end Parage Parage The neglected postive of disparage You mean defend You will defend Kermit to the end Parage Praise Parage I will parage him And Animal, too I love Animal I used to watch that show on DVD all the time when I was little Trish changed the subject We should do facials and paint our toenails Friday before they pick us up What do you say, blow through dinner and come back here for girlie stuff Frankie said, You re on When we re finished, we ll be absolutely sheveled You ll be sheveled, said Trish I m a normal person I mean, come on, that s funny And she s so effin stubborn it s great I just loved Frankie and loved the plot and loved the book I took notes on the damn thing No, really, there are parts of this book that you just have to note down By you , of course, I actually mean me.I also want to point out for all you cynical people who bah humbug at novels set in high schools following a girl through her relationships and pranky misdeeds this really is a great political statement But it s in the dialogue and Frankie s awesomeness that it s revealed, sometimes subtle and sometimes not My favourite thing about it is how the school represents today s society as a whole and the truths about the equality myth Because, sadly, even though men and women are supposed to have the same opportunities and they are now allowed into the same professions, they sit at the same tables and they even become friends, beneath it all there is still an inner circle rather like a secret society that continues to slam the door in a woman s face But better than this metaphor is the message behind it that if you put your mind to it, you don t have to accept the way things are That you have the ability to change the way of the world Or the way of a prep school Like Frankie does. A solid, teen, feminist novel I really enjoy e lockhart s writing and this book didn t let me down A story about a girl navigating a boarding school where boys have some special privileges over girls, she starts to fight against that system I liked the main character, enjoyed the boarding school setting, and really appreciated the feminist angle My only reason for not giving this 5 stars is that I don t think that a it did anything particularly new with plot or character development, and b it very firmly felt like a simple introduction to feminism the lessons here are important, but are also very rudimentary and simple.Definitely recommend this to any teenagers who like boarding school books and who want to learn some basics of feminism

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