E. Lockhart's Disreputable History

cover of E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksTHE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS contains two of my favorite things: pranks and girl-power. This book alleges to be the tale of how fifteen-year-old Frankie became a criminal mastermind. Frankie is hurt when her boyfriend excludes from her school's all-male secret society of pranksters. So she reads Foucault, figures out the panopticon, and decides to show the boys how it's done.

If that were all the book accomplished, it would be a funny, girl-power-fuelled YA comedy with smart writing and a protag you'll love to root for. But Lockhart has managed a much neater trick than that, because DISREPUTABLE HISTORY is, at its heart, a story about sexism and self-respect. I root for Frankie because she's the feminist I wish I'd been at fifteen.

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Posted on August 15, 2012 and filed under Books I Love.