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The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
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Feb 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 1910s-1950s, ya
Read from February 21 to March 10, 2012

My thoughts upon beginning this book: Why, oh why, didn't *I* write this book? It has everything I love; scrapbook/diary format, 1920s, ambitious young writer heroine, and oodles of beautiful vintage ephemera. Sigh.

My thoughts upon completing this book: Still sighing/swooning over all the "full-color vintage memorabilia on every page" that the cover so giddily promises. Since one of my favorite relaxing pastimes is browsing vintage greeting cards and magazines on etsy.com (and buying a few of my very favorites when they are affordable and I have the spare change), and since I am especially drawn to the 1920s, I really could not be happier with Frankie's scrapbook.

Frankie, herself, is another matter. I really wish I could have found her a kindred spirit, but ultimately I don't think we would have been very chummy. Of course, I appreciated her ambition, her tenacity, her desire to become a writer. I was very happy she went to Paris so we could get some French ephemera into the scrapbook. And of course she was awfully lucky to meet all of those famous writers.

But I'm not sure I liked all the things she did along the way. I ended up liking some of her friends more than I liked her. Not sure why, just something in her personality didn't click. And not that Frankie is that different from many girls, even today, but I guess I am so I couldn't quite love her story as much as I'd hoped to. Guess I need to go back to hanging out with Anne Shirley, Emily Byrd Starr and Jo March ;-)

Too, I felt the ending was all a bit too rushed, a bit too convenient, to be quite the stuff of genius some of Preston's fellow authors raved about in their reviews. All in all, I did enjoy the story well enough but I just had this lingering sense of unease while I read it and I can't quite pinpoint why...

Vintage Ephemera = 5 STARS
Story = 3 STARS
Total = 4 STARS

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03/07/2012 page 80
35.0% "I love the scrapbook aspect, and the era, though I'm not so sure I feel Frankie would be a chum if I met her in real life." 7 comments
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Ann So, write another one ;)

Kathryn Ann wrote: "So, write another one ;)"


Melee Could not agree more with your review!

And I second Ann's comment. ;)

Kathryn Ann wrote: "So, write another one ;)"

Thanks, Ann and Melee! :-)

Kathryn Melee wrote: "Could not agree more with your review!"

Thanks, glad I wasn't alone! I'm really glad your review brought this book to my attention, though. Even though I didn't end up loving Frankie herself, I still think it was a very interesting idea for a story, very creative, and, of course, the vintage memorabilia *swoon*

Melee Well, I'm happy I could bring it to your attention. I ditto that swoon! :)

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