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As Senior puts it, Alabaster is a school where your reputation really does matter because it's where you make your connections for the rest of your life. But in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Frankie comes to the rather sobering realization that she can only gain respect and reputation up to a certain point because she's a girl. Thankfully, Frankie's determined not to let that glass ceiling bonk her in the head, and so she moves forward to become a part of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds anyway… even if she's not technically allowed in. Clever girl.

Questions About Respect and Reputation

  1. Does Matthew really respect Frankie or does he just like to have her around as his girlfriend? How can you tell?
  2. Why does Alpha email Frankie to let her know that she did a good job with the pranks? Doesn't he hate her? What's going on there?
  3. Why does the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds have such a reputation? 
  4. What do you think is Frankie's reputation around the school? Does it change over the course of the book?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

At a school like Alabaster, reputation is everything, which is why Frankie works so hard to make herself known and leave an indelible mark.

Alpha may have a reputation that precedes him, but when he arrives at Alabaster, Frankie makes sure to let him know that he's not the top dog anymore.

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