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Inspired by P.G. Wodehouse's love of wordplay and her Cities, Art, and Protest class (where she learned the importance of the concept of a panopticon), Frankie shakes the foundation on which her boarding school, Alabaster, is set.
Frankie Landau-Banks is the 15-year old main character in a very fun teen novel entitled The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Her family calls her Bunny Rabbit which is one of the reasons for her insistence that she can make her own decisions and that she is NOT to be underestimated! The other is her boyfriend, Matthew Livingston and his friends: The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.
Frankie's desire to be one of the "boys"--not in a tomboy sort of way, but in a girls-are-equal-to-boys-and-clubs-should-have-no-exclusionary-rules way--is what gets her mind reeling and her adrenaline flowing. She's definitely not a glass ceiling type of girl! But, despite her creativity and determination in breaking the good ol' boy barrier, her teenage emotions for her boyfriend surface. What results is a wild ride with Frankie and her schemes!
I'm not sure whether I ended up really, really liking Frankie or being irritated by her. Admire, maybe? Envy? I'm not sure. Of course, I'm judging her with the eyes of an adult rather than a teenager. Having read this book 25 years ago would definitely have changed my perspective of her fiesty personality. But, maybe its a good thing I read it now; I can't imagine the trouble I might have found for myself with Frankie as a role model!
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks