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.