Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

It has been awhile since I have squealed out loud while reading (maybe Catching Fire was the last time), but about halfway through The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks I did just that.

I am a huge nerd because while I was reading I pulled out my journal and started a list entitled Things I Am Interested In (ignore the grammar) and at the top of the list I wrote Secret Societies. Lucky for me, E. Lockhart included plenty of resources at the end of her novel. The New York Times states that the protagonist could change the world; I think she could inspire my students to do it.

I don't want to say too much about the plot and give it away. I'll just say that Frankie is one of the most realistic characters I've ever read, while being one of the most extraordinary at the same time. She is insecure in the face of her older, popular boyfriend, but wise enough to question why she feels that way. The ideas that Frankie has are clever and hilarious, ones that I would admire as a student and as a teacher.

I am gushing and for good reason; get this book!

1 comment:

  1. I came across this through Much Ado About Lisa - I see you're going to Korea to teach... good luck!

    I too am going overseas to teach - but to Taiwan. I've taught HS social studies here in the states for a few years and thought I needed a change of scenery...

    ...sorry I couldn't engage on YA lit. :)


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