I have mixed feelings about this book, but I'm mostly disappointed. Possible spoilery things ahead.
I'm unsure why Frankie stayed with Matthew for theI have mixed feelings about this book, but I'm mostly disappointed. Possible spoilery things ahead.
I'm unsure why Frankie stayed with Matthew for the short time that she did when clearly he didn't understand or care to understand the real her causing some resentment. I suppose the allure of having a guy you've always wanted from afar trumps all of that to a certain point, but obviously it still bothered her.
Why didn't Frankie start her own kind of club? Not necessarily a sisterhood like the Bassets were a brotherhood, but something that could go up against the Bassets. Maybe show that they weren't the only important "secret society" on campus and Frankie could have started her own history and not one that's associated with the previous Bassets. She wanted to get in with a group that would never truly accept or respect her. Why bother caring so much? Those guys obviously didn't mind cutting people out of their group and didn't have the brain power to really come up with good plans to rattle people, so why did she care so much to get recognition from them? I'm sure just like with anything else, she got used to being around these people and came to like their company or respect them in certain ways, wanting "in" or to prove herself.
There's a great deal of feminism in here but not to the point of extreme man-hating or only-women-should-stick-together-against-the-men seeing as how Frankie wasn't all that fond of some of the girls at the school. Frankie was a feminist who didn't want to be treated as a dainty flower, but as an equal to the group of boys she had grown accustomed to being around. Not only that, but her family treated her as a young, naive girl as well so that may have played a part in her wanting to show what she was capable of.
I enjoyed Frankie's cleverness and appreciated that she didn't back down when questioning how she's perceieved, but thought she was a bit obsessive and could have gone about things differently. Loved the witty dialogue throughout but hated the crap ending--it wasn't very uplifting even though Frankie came to the inevitable conclusion that she was better off without them. ...more
In the first two books Ruby Oliver frustrated me in so many ways. Her choices, her way of thinking and dealing with things,the fact that she would nevIn the first two books Ruby Oliver frustrated me in so many ways. Her choices, her way of thinking and dealing with things,the fact that she would never really stick up for herself, but she's entertaining as hell and I can't help but really like her. The message in all these books is clear: depending on a guy for happiness will make you unhappy in the long run, losing friendships over guys is beyond ridiculous (but teenage girls can really be the worst), realizing who your true friends are and appreciating those who stick around no matter what- all good things. Ruby seemed to grow the most in this third installment even if she is still obsessive over the same people. There were many laugh out loud awesome moments and it seems as though she's still figuring stuff out and realizes that she will always have to figure things out and life doesn't happen like in the movies, being the movie buff that she is. Looking forward to reading the next one- I will be sad when this ends for me. ...more