FRANKIE

FRANKIE

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A genre-hopping, darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself, and falling in love.

Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend, or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances.

When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes, a criminal record, and secrets of his own.

Frankie's search for the truth could change her life, or cost her everything.

"Readers will love Frankie for her courage, passion, and honesty as a narrator. A powerful debut about a girl learning to love despite the dangers."
--ALA Booklist

"A gritty, darkly witty debut."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Frankie's a great, gutsy character, full of heart."
--Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta, author of The Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca

"Original, and often obscenely funny. I frequently laughed aloud while reading Frankie ."
-- Australian Book Review

"This is a great debut novel from a fantastic new Australian author, Shivaun Plozza. It has everything YA fiction needs to be captivating: mystery, tough women, annoyingly cute bad boys, sarcasm, and humor. Highly recommended."
-- Readings Monthly

Publisher: 2017
Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250142993

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"The coming of age story was both humorous and relatable. The story contained everything a young adult book needs, a little action, a lot of drama, a sarcastic joke or two, a relatable main character, and of course an attractive romance. I'd have to say one of the better aspects, that may at... Read More »


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"The coming of age story was both humorous and relatable. The story contained everything a young adult book needs, a little action, a lot of drama, a sarcastic joke or two, a relatable main character, and of course an attractive romance. I'd have to say one of the better aspects, that may at first be underappreciated, was getting a bit of insight to the "school bully" character. Plozza's interpretation of the teenage mind is impeccable and entertaining. The level of teenage angst was top notch. I enjoyed falling in with Frankie as she grew emotionally and that she, as any teenager, managed to have at least half-figured out her life. I found myself thinking about why I hold onto any anger that I do, but then I remembered, I'm 17 and I'm allowed to be angsty at least until I graduate. Frankie, in a bit of an exaggerated way, represented candidly what many of us teenagers are like behind all the false pretenses. We are really just a bunch of mini adults that are angry, sad, and scared. We take life instant for instant and try to find people that understand what we are going though. I think that this is a book that every high schooler should read. Frankly, pun intended, parents ought to read this as well." - Emmaline

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