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


4/5 stars

Sleek, smart, artistic and yet very subtle, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is a very entertaining, very funny YA boarding school story that takes up pranks and secret societies to a whole new level and in the process rightfully condemning patriarchy and proudly raising the flag of feminists.

I enjoyed the use of word play so much, the neglected positives. I thought they were really funny. I was very much “turbed” with the writing because I was definitely not “perturbed.” Lol.
But really, I think the plot is very clever, something you don’t read every day. Frankie who brilliantly found a way to infiltrate and manipulate the members of this all-male secret society called “The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds” by making them do all her bidding to instigate pranks against the Alabaster’s (this used-to-be-all-boys-elite-prep-school) mostly patriarchal culture and symbolisms.

The literary references are quite impressive. I think this book can be a really good resource for a post-grad study on literature, language or even philosophy. Don’t know why it took me this long to read another book by Ms. Lockhart since I read We Were Liars but after this, I am definitely going to look into her other books.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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