After a summer of swan-like transformation, Frankie Landau-Banks enters her sophomore year at her elite boarding school, Alabaster Prep, a beauty. Although she had been introduced and occasionally allowed into the popular crowd by her older sister the year before, it is only now that handsome senior Matthew notices her. As a girlfriend, Frankie is quickly accepted into the circle of upperclassmen, but she soon finds that this is not enough. Matthew and his friends are members of the all-male secret society Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, an Alabaster tradition to which her father used to belong, and Frankie wants in. When Matthew won’t own up to having any secrets from her, Frankie follows and spies on him and his friends then, using a false online identity, orchestrates pranks for them to carry out.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is filled with clever wordplay, well-crafted pranks, and themes of feminism and subversion. While the writing and characters get a little pretentious at times, the novel is very engaging and was in 2009 voted a favorite by teens.