Study Guide

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Chapters 19-20

By E. Lockhart

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Chapters 19-20

The Suicide Club

  • Frankie's Cities, Art, and Protest teacher hands out info about a group in San Francisco called the Suicide Club. 
  • The group tried to live their lives with glee, and later changed their name to the Cacophony Society. The whole idea was to free oneself of the panopticon. 
  • Frankie wrote a paper about the Suicide Club that she turned in on December 5 of her sophomore year.
  • She later burned the paper.


  • Frankie goes to meet Porter for lunch but shows up late on purpose. 
  • When she arrives, Porter is already waiting there with two orders of cheese fries. 
  • He brings up the fact that she's going out with Matthew Livingston and tells her not to let him take advantage of her. 
  • Of course, this sets Frankie off and she goes on a verbal rampage, telling Porter to stay out of her business and that she's not the kind of person who's easy to take advantage of, thank you very much. 
  • When he leaves, upset, Frankie sits there and drinks Porter's soda by herself. She knows that she behaved like a monster, but at least she stood up for herself.

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