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Betrayal

Everyone's betrayed in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, depending on how you look at it, and it's all thanks to Frankie. While she betrays her friends, boyfriend, and even her fath...

Lies and Deceit

There are so many lies flying around in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks that it's hard to keep the facts straight. After all, our heroine Frankie is always sneaking around, lying t...

Dissatisfaction

Isn't it just the tiniest bit spoiled of Frankie to be dissatisfied with her life? After all, she's got it going on: she's pretty, has a hot boyfriend, is hyper intelligent for her age, and goes to...

Courage

There are certain parts of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks where you have to bite your nails and hold your breath, because Frankie is doing some pretty crazy and subversive stuff....

Strength and Skill

No, we're not talking about strength and skill in the huffing and grunting Herculean sense (although that kind of physical gift can be useful if you're pulling pranks). In The Disreputable History...

Gender

As we're all terribly aware, Frankie of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is a girl. She's a rather pretty girl, having grown into some womanly curves over the summer, but she's stil...

Identity

On one hand, Frankie's expected to be the baby of her family, the Bunny Rabbit. But on the other hand, she's expected to be Matthew's sweet and sometimes witty (but not too clever) younger girlfrie...

Respect and Reputation

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...

Rules and Order

We're aware that high school is already filled with lots of silly (and potentially unnecessary) rules, but in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, the titular character's experience wi...

Coming of Age

Besides the natural physical changes that occur for Frankie in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, our heroine also undergoes some major transformations as she moves toward adulthood:...
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