Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Released: 6th of November 2014 (originally published 25th of March 2008)
Fifteen-year-old Frankie Landau-Banks has grown up a lot over the summer. She's no longer daddy's little girl - and almost immediately after starting the new semester at her highly prestigious school, she bags goofy-but-gorgeous Matthew Livingston as her boyfriend. They get along great but then Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of a boys-only secret society that specialise in 'hilarious' pranks. Which hardly seems fair... especially when Frankie knows she's smarter than any of its members. And to prove this, she's going to teach them a lesson.
Impersonating lead member Alpha by using a fake email account is surprisingly easy, and soon Frankie is setting the boys up with all sorts of ridiculous schemes and sending them on wild goose chase after wild goose chase. Alpha's not prepared to lose face and admit it's not him sending the emails - but the fun can't last forever, and soon Frankie will have to choose between what she think she wants, and the reputation she deserves.
What I Have to Say
This book was incredible. Often I don't like books about the highly intelligent people because it seems the books look down on those of us with more average school grades. I think it helped that there wasn't patronizing toward the lesser educated and that most of the humour was based on grammar, which I can always get on board with.
The best bit about this book though was Frankie herself and the strong feminist character that she was. Perhaps her behaviour isn't the best role model, but her perspective of herself as a strong female
who won't bow do to the male run society that she lives in is one that should inspire us all.
I just adored this book from start to finish. All the pranks that Frankie and the Basset Hounds pulled were inspired and I loved the fact that Frankie was trying to promote certain messages and social change with the things she planned.
Anyone who likes boarding school, feminism, social protests, secret societies or really anything really should read this book.