5 out of 5
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club. Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.
Frankie Laundau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. When she knows Matthew’s lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind. This is the story of how she got that way.
I loved this book. Secret Society check. Boarding School check. Snarky and smart main character check! These are a few of my favorite things. The background information was almost as interesting the main story. I love the Panopticon*, alpha dog, and amazing pranks. The thing I liked most however was that Frankie was just trying to fit in. She wanted to be liked and respected for who she was. It may not have worked out the way she planned but when does life ever really work out the way we plan.
*Panoptoin- check it out here.
Songs that must have inspired Frankie
Bad to the Bone by Death Or Glory
You don’t own me by Lesley Gore
Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty