In my review of Radio Silence the other day I talked about wanting to support Alice Oseman even if I wasn’t sure how much I had to say about the book. Well, I’m back again today with a similar situation. Shivaun is a fellow Melbournian and I’ve met her at a few events and she’s always been extremely lovely, so I wanted to share my feelings about Frankie with all of you.
Firstly, this book is incredible. I don’t know how else to put it, but it’s definitely going towards the top of my favourite books list. I love reading books set in Melbourne, so that was a definite plus for this book. I loved that it’s an area of Melbourne that I’m not particularly knowledgeable about. It’s set in Collingwood, which is somewhere I’ve never actually been but it felt so vivid and I could picture the Melbourneness of it. I think it’s written in a way that you don’t need to know anything about Melbourne to read it, so all of you international people should definitely keep your eyes out for this.
I love the character of Frankie. She’s brash, mouthy and angry, which is basically the opposite of everything I am, but I loved her so much. She made me laugh, and she made my heart ache for her. I also really loved her relationship with her aunt Vinnie. A lot of the time, non-parental guardians get a really bad rap in fiction, so I loved getting to see Frankie and Vinnie be so close with each other.
I also really liked Nate. I have a weakness for boys with that name since it’s my main character’s love interest, and this Nate was no exception. I loved how he and Frankie’s personalities bounced off each other. I won’t lie, there was a line at the end that had me squealing with joy.
I was really happy with how the story ended. I wasn’t entirely sure where it was going to go, but I did really enjoy where it did go. The only complaint I have is that I wish it was longer—I don’t want to let go of Frankie yet!