Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Smart, Funny and Footnotes

While I've seen her books for a while, I finally picked up two E. Lockhart novels this past month - The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boyfriend List. I have been kicking myself ever since for not having picked up her books sooner. Lockhart's main characters are smart and funny, and love to explain things with footnotes.

In The Boyfriend List, Seattle teen Ruby Oliver is trying to explain the cause of her panic attacks to her shrink, a recent breakup, being snubbed by former friends, and parent troubles. Okay, so admittedly it doesn't sound that funny, but I did a whole lot of laughing out loud.

Frankie Landau-Banks of The Disreputable History returns to her upscale private school with a newly developed body and goes from invisible to girlfriend of the cutest boy in school. Trouble (and hilarity) ensues when Frankie infiltrates the boys-only prank club to create some of the best practical jokes in the school's history.

Her new book (written with two other YA authors) How to Be Bad is now on order at the library and looks like it will be a great summer read!



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