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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  30,755 ratings  ·  828 reviews
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is a literary bottle rocket—loaded with whimsy, pizzazz, and heart.”
—Adriana Trigiani

“Is it possible that I have just read/experienced/devoured the most delightful book ever published? Do not argue with me: There is magic here and genius.”
—Elinor Lipman

“A ripping yarn of emancipated girlish adventure.”
—Audrey Niffenegger

The Scrapbook of Fran
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published 2011 by Ecco
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Mae The same author of the Frankie Pratt book, Caroline Preston, wrote another scrapbook novel called The War Bride's Scrapbook: A Novel in Pictures (set …moreThe same author of the Frankie Pratt book, Caroline Preston, wrote another scrapbook novel called The War Bride's Scrapbook: A Novel in Pictures (set during ww2).(less)

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Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1910s-1950s, ya
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 (and buying a few of my
Lydia Margaret
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2012
Book 5 of 52

I was pleasantly shocked that something like this existed. And more than a little excited to see if the format would actually tell a fulfilling story.
The vintage memorabilia was simply breathtaking, I loved all the little touches, and the style was completely accurate. It all felt very real. At one point a newspaper clipping mentioned "the little old lady in Dubuque Iowa" which I got very excited about, since many moons ago I was a proud Iowan. When I mentioned the clipping to my Da
David Abrams
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I never really understood the scrapbook craze of the early 2000s—you know, the factory-produced, mass-marketed “hobby” characterized by rubber stamps, paper stencils and tubes of glitter. My wife and I have been “scrapbooking” since we first started dating. If you go to our upstairs guest bedroom and pull down a large book with swollen pages, you'll find a pair of movie theater ticket stubs for Flashdance and a small bouquet of dried violets. It's the artifact from a particular night of young, h ...more
Romantically Vintage . . . Artistically Tantalizing . . .Captivatingly Unique.

The Scorebook of Frankie Pratt was such a surprisingly delightful novel. Sparse in verbiage but plentifully rich visually. A story uniquely expressed through photographs, illustrations, memorabilia, movie posters, advertisements, menus, ticket stubs, magazine clippings, etc... It really defies categorization.

In essence, though, it's a journey (a coming-of-age love story, of sorts) set during the Roaring Twenties, rega
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun book. It wasn't full of literary complexity but I love books that pair art with writing. I thought all the pictures were excellent and the historical references were very interesting. I especially loved reading the old advertisements. It's just sweet. I would say for 15 and up because there's a bit about sex Ed class. I will definitely check out her other books!
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tina by: K.D. Absolutely
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I'm one of those people who tries to scrapbook. I say try because as much as I try, I can't really make my scrapbook pages look...well, as pretty and cute as the ones that other people do. That, or maybe I just don't have that artsy vibe (and the patience) to do them. But anyway, that never really stopped me from having fun with my planners, though:

Planner pages - 2006 to 2012

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Top row: 2006 planner - thesis defense+birthday week, Kalinga Luzon
Bottom row, left: 2010, 2
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: illustrated, journal
I'm giving this 2 stars only because I love the scrapbooking style of this. The story itself gets 1 star.

This was so contrived and boring. I kept wishing this was shorter. The story was very cliché, poor girl meets rich, older guy who sort of seduces her. Mother sends her away to college to get her away from this man, who also happens to be married. Of course.

Girl is independent and modern for her day and age and fools herself into thinking she's not waiting for love or a man to rescue her from
Carol Storm
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved, loved, loved, this amazing and completely one-of-a-kind book. Usually I hate graphic novels, but this rollicking Twenties story was like nothing else I have ever read. On every page there are beautiful images of flappers and old-time dresses (and gorgeous Arrow shirt men) that just jump off the paper and you can't stop looking and looking. And at the same time the story is so rich, so entertaining, so full of romance and humor and heartbreak.

I should say that I have always l
Liza Gilbert
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Colleen Turner
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely breathtaking! It is composed of page after page of gorgeous pictures, advertisements and assorted other memorabilia that, along with the typed scraps of paper, tell the story of Frankie Pratt, an ambitious girl from New Hampshire who sets her sights on becoming a writer. We follow Frankie to Vassar College, a scholarship girl amongst over-privileged girls who are looking for a husband, not a career. She travels to New York, Paris and back to New Hampshire, all the time le ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paris
Oh what a fun treat this book is! It has page after page of brilliant photographs of just the sort of stuff girls will save in their scrapbooks. It's a sort of scrapbook/diary of a girl that begins in her high school days, takes her thru college and then off to her first magazine job. Of course, her romances are all there, complete with juicy details, no, nothing, vulgar. Eventually she ends up banging around 1920's Paris, has a tiny apartment above THE Shakespeare and Company, has yet another r ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book almost had enough vintage memorabilia to make my vintage-loving heart explode!

The story was less than ideal, as there were no new nuances, not to mention a lot of name-dropping. (Frankie met Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sylvia Beach, AND James Joyce? I'm incredulous. And a little jealous. Except for the James Joyce part, as I consider him to be creepy.) But honestly, I didn't really mind too much; it was still interesting to read, and let's face it, I was under the enchanted spell of the a
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-inventory
With The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, Caroline Preston has transcribed the imaginative journeys I take every time I set foot in an antique shop. I love exploring these little treasure troves of our past, creating my own stories about the lives of the former owners of gorgeous Flapper
clothes, long thin cigarette holders, Depression glassware and kitschy wall decorations. I imagine the fun they had when they turned in the Worlds Fair or silent movie tickets whose stubs now remain, preserved under g
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
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I lost count as to how many great reviews I read of this title so I knew that I had to read it and soon! 

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I loved this book! It was so fun to look at the ephemera from days gone by. I would love to actually hold a scrapbook from this time period in my hands today. What a treasure it wo
I still love the idea of a story being told through a scrapbook, and I loved the vintage graphics on every page. That was fun. However, I didn't find either Frankie or her story to be terribly engaging. It's just a very standard story of a small town girl going out into the world and, inevitably, coming back again. Cool concept, I just wish the story had been as cool.
Sue K H
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this book when it came out in 2011 but didn't get around to buying it. Then years later I wanted to but couldn't remember the author or title. Luckily a Goodreads friend put it on their to read shelf and it passed through my timeline. This time I purchased it right away.

It's a quick "read" since you are mostly looking at pictures and memorabilia. There are blocks of type- written narrative to guide you through, but mostly you'll be turning the book every which way to read tic
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found out about this book at the vv32 blog during a 1920's virtual event. I was captivated by the idea of a story told entirely through a girl/woman's scrapbook. When my new copy arrived, I drooled over the lovely glossy pages that featured authentic graphic memorabilia from the early '20's period. I loved the variety of things that were stuck into Frankie's scrapbook that told her story as much as the little type-written notes tucked in there. Just in case your wondering...yes, a scrapbook is ...more
Emily Crowe
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is a little unusual amidst the world of adult novels--the only reasonable comp I can think of would be the Griffin & Sabine books by Nick Bantock.

It's a gentle book, an old-fashioned book, both in the best senses of the words. Frankie leaves home in Cornish, NH, in the 1920s and makes her way first to Vassar, then to NYC and Paris, before she returns home to Cornish. The text is minimal; instead we get copious amounts of vintage memorabilia and ephemera to illustrate Frankie's journey
Jessica Jeffers
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A very interesting concept: a novel told in the form of a scrapbook, complete with 1920s era memorabilia. Frankie Pratt is a young woman from small-town New England who wins a scholarship to Vassar then moves to New York and, later, Paris to follow her dream of becoming a writer and finding love.

The book itself was beautiful, with pictures and various souvenirs from the 20s set against Frankie's typewritten commentary. The story, though, was a little lacking. It's understandable that there woul
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: scrapbookers, fans of clever concepts in book creation
Shelves: graphic
This book is utterly brilliant, both in story and in concept. I shelved it as a "graphic novel," though that isn't exactly correct. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is really just that, a scrapbook. The premise is that Frankie receives a scrapbook as a gift, and fills it with stories and souvenirs of her experiences at home, school and beyond.

This is so clever, and so beautifully executed that I'm thrilled I heard about it and was able to experience it for myself. Frankie is a vibrant, witty narr
Cindy Richard
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love that this author used her archive of vintage ephemera to put this entire novel together (it is basically a novel told in the form of a scrapbook). Frankie is a young woman on the verge of becoming a flapper in the 1920s. It is amazing how much of Frankie’s story she is able to tell simply through images and brief journal entries from Frankie. If you enjoy exploring new ways to tell the stories contained in novels, this one is certainly worth checking out.
Mary Bronson
Wow, I thought this book was AMAZING! I LOVED how the story was completely made up to go along with the vintage memorabilia. As a history nerd I loved looking at all of the old pictures and advertisements from the 1920s. I thought Frankie was such a fun character. I loved reading about her experience from when she graduated from high school all the way through all these ups and downs and finally she found her happy ending. Now I want to read more books by Caroline Preston!
Stephanie A.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is literally a scrapbook, embellished with a few lines of text per page to create a narrative thread. Do you know how much I love scrapbooks? You can probably guess. Do you know how hard it is to find one in real life that is curated with interesting things, and not just stuffed with greeting cards, snapshots or newspaper/magazine clippings?

This is packed end to end with interesting historical memorabilia on glossy pages, exactly what I was craving when I searched for books like this and ex
Caroline Preston, the author of The War Bride's Scrapbook, actually had an earlier book that was similar. While that book centered on World War II, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, was about a young woman in the twenties. As in the later book, Preston used articles and clippings to tell Frankie's story.

Frances "Frankie" Pratt graduates from high school in 1920. She was valedictorian, and always wanted to be a writer. Her mother gives her a scrapbook as a graduation present, a
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a lark!!!
I am a 'vintage' fan, even to the point of having owned a vintage clothing store for a while. This is a really fun era, with the liberating changes for women and the whole wild air about it!
I have read books written in earlier periods, and we have all seen old movies, and current films as well... the author captured the tone of the times - as presented in literature at least! (ah, the romance!)
Her work with the ephemera is so much fun - caught myself wanting to go ahead w
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this book on amazon for four dollars, excited to just flip through and enjoy the vintage feel of the collage art, but I found myself reading every word. I loved this so much; it was a great story, but also felt very real.
R.K. Ryde
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was like no other I've read. Such a cute idea making the entire novel as a scrapbook.
Quick and easy to read with the added quirkiness factor. Loved it!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is very awesome.
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May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I read Preston's 2017 scrapbook novel, and thought it was okay but I felt like I was missing out on more of the story. I found that this earlier scrapbook novel felt more complete and really enjoyed this unique format.

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As a girl growing up in Lake Forest, Illinois, Caroline Preston used to pore through her grandmother’s and mother’s scrapbooks and started collecting antique scrapbooks when she was in high school. She attended Dartmouth College and received a master’s in American Civilization from Brown University. Inspired by her interest in manuscripts and ephemera, she worked as an archivist at the Peabody/Ess ...more

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