Best book of July time at YA Highway!
I read quite a few great titles this month, so this is a tough call, but the gold goes to THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS, by E. Lockhart.
Frankie navigates her way through life at boarding school and secretly infiltrates The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds–an all-male secret society. She’s whip-smart and incredibly flawed, a combination that makes for interesting consequences. There were a lot of fun wordplay and stylistic choices throughout the book, which I thoroughly enjoyed from a writing standpoint, but Frankie herself was what kept me enamored. Well, Frankie and Alpha and the strange power plays between the two.
For some reason, THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY kept reminding me of a far less melancholy JELLICOE ROAD–maybe it was just the boarding school setting?
Anyway, this sat on my shelf for a while before I read it, and once I finished it I couldn’t believe I hadn’t picked it up sooner. It’s won a bunch of awards, and it was a NBA finalist, but I still feel like this book is underrated and doesn’t get nearly as much respect and admiration as it deserves.
Are there any books that you feel are underrated? Read anything great in July?