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Wednesday 13 April 2016

Review: Frankie

Frankie is like any girl trying to balance final year school pressures, part-time work and a cheating ex-boyfriend but monster memories lurk under her everyday surface, threatening to tear her world apart.

Enter Xavier who claims to be her half-brother and Frankie’s world free falls into recollections of a mother who dumped her at four years of age, early childhood memories Frankie managed to smother for years. It’s like opening Pandora’s Box and best not to be within reach when red spots cloud Frankie’s vision.

When Xavier disappears off the face of the earth, Frankie can’t let it rest. She needs to find his sorry ass so she can tell him to get out of her life for good. But he just won’t be found. Xavier’s burgling partner with the impossible good looks might have answers but he has trouble written all over him.

Frankie burrowed her way into my heart in the first few pages and wouldn’t let me go. I had to stay by her side, especially when everyone else seemed to give up on her. So Frankie makes mistakes – big ones¬ – and her judgement is skewed a lot of the time. But Frankie is full-blooded, whole-hearted and broken. I needed to see if she could fix it all and herself along the way.

If you loved Graffiti Moon or Gracie Faltrain by Cath Crowley you will love Frankie. Full of flawed characters, danger and a lot of heart.

Title: Frankie
Author: Shivaun Plozza
Publisher: Penguin, $17.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573166
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction