Sunday, March 4, 2012

A disreputable history

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: debate club, meek and slightly geeky, with frizzy hair. Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: knock-out figure, a sharp tongue and the most popular senior boy on campus for a boyfriend, and a criminal mastermind. The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks is the story of how she got that way. Frankie is smart, funny and just quirky enough to make her seem realistic. When she learns of a secret all-male society on campus, she decides to infiltrate by assuming a false identity online and manipulate them into doing pranks meant to make a political statement about the male-dominated and classist nature of the school. What follows is a funny and engaging account of Frankie's exploits, interwoven with a bit of mystery.

Some of the exchanges between students feel forced and not really the way high school students talk. But Frankie is an endearing character and her use of crazy grammar is laugh-out-loud funny.  KR

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