I picked this up because of yesknopemaybe’s review and was not disappointed. I decided a while ago I needed a break from Young Adult books (sooo muuuuch aaaangst) but it was really fun to watch Frankie’s teenage brain work.
Frankie is a sophomore at a fancy prep school. Part of her wants to fit in, to be a “normal” girl, to hang out with the cool kids. But another part of her is busy analyzing everything she sees, wondering why all the cool kids seem to be boys and all the girls just seem to be props. She doesn’t purposely start out to take over the top secret boys’ club, but when she does it’s delightful. She outsmarts them at every turn, but it still isn’t enough for her. She wants to be recognized as an equal, but to the high school boys she’s just “cute.” It makes her bonkers, but she also really DOES want the adorable older popular boy to think she’s cute. The author does a great job of showing Frankie’s warring desires to be liked and to crush them all under her affordable yet stylish shoes.
Frankie also has to deal with schoolwork and family and all the regular teen stuff, on top of her mission to start her own revolution. I like that the ending was a little fuzzy. We know Frankie’s going to be all right, but GOSH is it hard to be that age.