Frankie

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 07 Nov 2017

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I read this about two months ago, so let's see if I remember everything yikes. I'll tell you that I primarily read this because Melina Marchetta blurbed it, and she's my favorite author. This book was pretty heartbreaking; the writing really shows you how Frankie is feeling, so you feel her anger and sadness throughout the whole book. I loved her sense of humor too, and her relationship with her aunt was really nice. However, the plot left a little to be desired, so I thought the book could have been a little longer. Also, I didn't care for the romance as much as I probably should have honestly. If you liked Melina Marchetta's or Fiona Wood's or Cath Crowley's (all my favorite...

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Frankie took me by surprise. As I first started to read Frankie I was unsure if this book was for me… something about it wasn’t quite what I usually go for when reading a book. Then I kept reading. That’s when I found myself hooked in this eccentric and angst filled read that took me on a journey I never expected to have. No character is fully good or bad. Everyone was grey in the best of ways. Frankie especially. Frankie feels like she is cursed to be bad like all Vegas are and when she finds her brother with a checkered past and he leaves as swiftly as he comes she does anything and everything she can to find him. This book is full of angst and dark humor as well as some...

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Frankie is a whirlwind story with great characters that will grab you and take you for a ride that will end quickly, and not as you expect it to. Reading just the brief description through GoodReads or Amazon let’s you know that Frankie is angry. Not just at the people in her life, but at the circumstances that have gotten her where she is. The plot of the book picks up quickly and moves fast. After meeting Frankie and Ethan, you can’t help but hope these two kids are kindred spirits and can develop their relationship to be the missing link that each of them seems to be missing. The characters of the book are strong. From Frankie, and her aunt, who is just as fierce as Frankie, to the...

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I picked this book up on a whim, because of the beautiful cover, not knowing anything, not having any specific expectations. This book absolutely blew me away, made me laugh out loud, sob a puddle of tears, yell really loudly. In other words, this gorgeous debut novel tore my heart out of my chest, wrecked me completely. Every single page is so raw and packed with haunting emotions that will be left lingering even after you turn the last page. We follow Frankie who is a character that I loved so fiercely. She is an angry fiery badass that it one of my favorite teens that I’ve ever read about. In other words I can imagine her marching the streets of Melbourne as this kickass passionate...

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy from Netgalley and Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Frankie by Shivaun Plozza isn’t usually the type of book I’d pick up, but the cover is stunning and so I couldn’t help myself. I was so happy to have had the chance to read this book because it turned out to be surprisingly funny as well as heartbreaking. Frankie Vega is certainly angry, but she has good reason to be. Her mom’s a deadbeat, her boyfriend cheated on her, her classmates make jokes about her, the police think she’s no good, her aunt’s losing her patience, and she’s just discovered she has a half-brother. Does this excuse her violent behavior and...

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Frankie is the living and beating heart of this book. I was impressed with the writing since it never once breaks character (hehe). Every word echoes her anger which is volcanic levels of angst and frustration. She can be hard to like - if not for a few genuine moments which are few and far in between, I would have given up on her. It's a character driven plot and Frankie doesn't really undergo too much character development until the very end. She's very smart and is quick as a whip to snap back at anyone. It's entertaining but then Frankie will push back against those who are trying to help her. Her younger brother is only in the picture for a bit of the book, and the few glimpses...

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I just could not get interested in this book. Half the time, I forgot who Xavier was. The writing was great, the characters were just... forgettable.
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This book didn't really work for me. I'll admit that I was largely interested in it because of Melina Marchetta's blurb on the cover, but I'm afraid that the quality did not quite live up to Marchetta's work. Frankie's anger was realistic, but it felt like it was going nowhere, and I didn't feel like there was any potential for her to change. It took a while for the story to get going, and I understand that it's complicated to establish a character as new in someone's life, and then emphasize the horror of their disappearance, but I don't think Pilozza accomplished that. I just didn't care about Xavier, nor did I see why Frankie was willing to break down her walls for him and not for anyone...

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I know Frankie is angry, but that doesn't mean her voice is supposed to be difficult the whole time. Also the big spoiler that happens is very easy to predict which sucks.
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I. Love. Frankie. She's spunky and different from any character that I have read about in a long time. Interesting premise as well. I can't wait to buy a finish copy of this!
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A dark but ultimately hopeful read, this book is definitely intended for OLDER teens. The subject matter is creepy and Frankie, the protagonist, is no role model, but she is likable, a fighter, and Plozza writes her so well. I teach 7th grade at a school with a lot of students who are what you might term “at risk.” A lot of them have stories similar to Frankie’s: drug addicted parents, half siblings, school suspensions for violence, and extended family members, like grandmas or aunts, who step up to do the actual parenting. Plozza made me feel like I was finally seeing the world through their eyes. I understood, listening to Frankie’s thoughts, why someone who’s smart would still...

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