Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

by E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks is a sophomore at prestigious Alabaster Preparatory School. This school, like some other famous private institutions, is rumored to be home to a secret society called The Basset Hounds, made up of male, usually rich or well-connected, members who have to be 'tapped' to be accepted.

Frankie knows that her father and his close friends were members, though they swore themselves to secrecy as to what transpired in the society. The notion of the secret society doesn't cross Frankie's mind too much until she discovers that her boyfriend, Matthew. may not only be a member but the King of the Basset's himself!

Frankie longs to be apart of this world, part of the Basset's, feeling excluded from such an important part of Matthew's life. She is not only excluded but even lied to about his whereabouts and dealings due to the society's code of secrecy.

Frankie wants to infiltrate the society, but she gets more than she bargained for!

This book was a little slow at first, but gets really good. I enjoyed the author's comments on the Panopticon and the purpose that secret societies serve.


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