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on 31 August 2015
I have to say, I really like E Lockhart’s writing style in this book. It’s totally different to the way she wrote We Were Liars, so if the style of We Were Liars put you off, this might be one to check out.

The plot itself doesn’t have a huge amount going on. In a nutshell, Frankie attends a very white, very exclusive boarding school for the kids of parents who are richer than the queen. Over the course of a summer she develops boobs and grows taller so that when she goes back to school in September, she bags herself a boyfriend. She discovers he belongs to this all-male secret society and decides she wants in. Trouble is, she’s a girl and Mr Boyfriend and his pals keep treating her like a dopey little girlie, so to prove herself, she decides to play a whole bunch of pretty amusing pranks on the school administration.

Despite the simplicity, I actually found the plot okay. It reminded me of Con Academy (although this book was written earlier) and some of the pranks were pretty ingenious.

The pacing is a little bit wonky - there’s pages and pages of internal monologue, followed by about two pages (or so it seemed) of events and pranks spanning the period between thanksgiving and Christmas (about four weeks?) It was never off-putting, but seemed a little rushed at the time.

Frankie herself is a pretty awesome character. Yes, she’s a little bit Mary-Sue-ish (pretty, nice figure, intelligent, sporty) but she’s well-adjusted so she doesn’t come across as too annoying. I thought the author did a decent job of portraying a girl who has definite feminist beliefs and also has a massive girly crush on her boyfriend. Her internal dialogue (and there’s lots) was interesting and I was pleased about the resolution to her relationships both with Matthew and with Alpha. Frankie’s relationship with her sister Zada was also interesting. Zada has some firmly entrenched feminist ideals and doesn’t hesitate to lecture Frankie on what she ought to be doing, seeing Frankie as someone who can’t think for herself and in this respect she’s not all that different to Frankie’s boyfriend. It was interesting to see Frankie navigate feminist beliefs for herself and work out what they mean to her.

All in all, this was a pretty good book. Recommended.
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on 7 April 2017
A unique novel about a determined girl who refuses to accept that girls cannot be a part of a secret school pranking society that her father was part of. Lockhart's novels are so different to each other and this one is fantastically distinct in it's humour, positive female role model and humour.
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on 15 August 2015
I loved the way being popular was portrayed in this book. Once one of the popular kids was mad at you, you didn't exist to any of them. I like how Frankie saw that and it worried her. The story is fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a mystery told from the perspective of the person doing it.
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on 15 November 2014
5 stars in not enough of an accolade for this masterpiece of a book. it is feminism for the young women of today who are unaware that the issue still exists, we need more Frankie's in this world. please read this quick witted and beautifully written book. E. Lockhart has done it again !
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on 6 November 2016
Sinister as hell and scarily good.
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on 13 November 2014
Just a fantastic, if a little light, touching, read, bit 'heroine faces crisis but comes through transformed' formatty but nice.
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on 16 January 2015
I loved reading this book. The lessons you learn are life lessons and the words e.Lockhart writes with is so different to other YA fiction out there. Although I do recommend you read this with a dictionary or with an English degree!
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on 16 February 2018
Fun book. The ending was a tiny bit of a let down. But still fun
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on 27 May 2016
Great story, liked it throughout, would love to hear more about Frankies next adventures.
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on 28 February 2015
Loved it. Great teen read...
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