Friday, February 6, 2009

Love Smarts

In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day, we are posting a series of Love Lists for Teen Readers. Today's list is "Love Smarts" and we'd love to hear YOUR suggestions. To get you started, we're suggesting THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LAUNDAU-BANKS.


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 Landau-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.


Anonymous said...

Such an awesome book - I loved it! :)

Anonymous said...

Love Smarts is the perfect title for that, Mar. It is a smart book. I loved it too.

Linda Johns said...

"Frankie" is one of my favorite characters of the year, and I often recommend this book to teens at our library. Two other "smart love" books that I often recommend:
"A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl" by Tanya Lee Stone
"Vegan Virgin Valentine" by Carolyn Mackler

MarPerez said...

Oh, great suggestions, Linda!

Shari and Mary, I thought FRANKIE was one of the best books of the year.


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