Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

Posted March 10, 2017 by Ely in Reviews / 0 Comments

Frankie Book Cover Frankie
Shivaun Plozza
YA Contemporary
Penguin Teen Australia
March 23rd 2016

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 … and secrets of his own. Frankie's search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.

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!

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