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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  111 reviews
When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by HarperTeen
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Lola
This book should have been titled Tru and Frannie, not Frannie and Tru.

Because let’s face it, Tru is the real star here.

Frannie used to go to a Catholic school but, since her parents don’t have enough money to send their three children to a private school, Frannie drew the short straw.

But this is not what hurts her most. What terribly affects her is her losing her best friends. Now it’s summer time and she knows she’s going to spend it all alone…

That’s when Tru comes in. He’s gay. His
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Dahlia
Jan 23, 2016 added it
Shelves: 2016-releases
This really beautifully nailed that teen girl insecurity of hoping someone will come along and make you more than you are, as well as a young straight white girl's views of race and sexuality. This book is so much about identity so wonderfully done, and that comp to Prep is definitely well earned.
Ashley Blake
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
More than any book I've ever, read, FRANNIE & TRU captures so beautifully that strange experience of being a young teen girl unsure of your place, your people, yourself. Frannie's journey is lovely and quiet and Tru leaps from the page in stark contrast--but with wonderful similarities too. A gorgeous, literary, authentic read.
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
I feel like this is a book that people will feel really divided on, but I personally loved it. I found Frannie to be incredibly relatable, and also incredibly flawed. I found Tru to be an electrifying character who leapt from the page and straight into my heart. Although he absolutely has his own faults. Throughout reading it I felt myself wishing I was friends with him too, and I completely understood Frannie's fascination with him. The writing was elegant and beautiful, and sucked me in from ...more
Patty
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtqia
** 4.5 stars **

Full review to come!
anna (readingpeaches)
rep: gay major side character


this idea which most young girls have, that someone will come along & magically change their lives into something exciting & worth living and not just bearable - it's done so well here. frannie, The White Girl, w all her naivety, her thoughts on race & sexuality & rly just life itself is a little embarrassing and almost painful to follow but at the same time - relatable. & most importantly she's allowed to grow up and her journey is nothing if not
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Tyler Goodson
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya-mg
At the beginning of the summer, Frannie is quiet. She's lonely. When her cousin Tru comes to stay with her family, she hopes they will be best friends forever. In a not great book, this may have happened, but this is a great book, and it never takes the easy way out. When it can complicate, or show how complicated things are, it isn't scared. When Frannie looks inside herself, things don't always feel good. Tru is not always the best friend she wanted. Her brothers are not the people she thought ...more
Karen Fortunati
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely lovely, gorgeous story! Karen Hattrup is a superb writer and the story of Frannie's Baltimore summer - one that starts off bleakly due to a looming change of schools, dad's loss of job, and abandonment of friends - slowly begins to sizzle after the arrival of her mysterious cousin from Connecticut, Tru. Frannie latches onto Tru and sees him as her summer's savior but slowly begins to question who her cousin really is. Public and private prejudices about sexuality, race and class are ...more
Kelly
There is a lot to like here, but also, a few giant missed opportunities.

Frannie's a quiet, shy girl whose parents are struggling a bit financially. They make the decision after the summer, she'll attend a magnet school in Baltimore. It'll be much different than her private Catholic school, primarily because Frannie will be one of the only white people in a mostly-black public school.

Tru is Frannie's cousin who is living with them over the summer. The presumptive reason being that his being gay
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
*ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review*

I started reading this book with much interest based on the blurb that was given. Into the first few chapters on the story, the interest is still there but as the story goes on I find myself getting slower and slower into reading it. I find myself actually getting bored. The flow of the story was slow. It was full of Frannie’s random train of thoughts aside from just getting in to the story.

I like Tru and his interesting personality.
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Janet McNally
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FRANNIE AND TRU is a gorgeously written novel that drew me in from the first page. I liked Frannie's voice immediately; she's the kind of character who's a little quiet but is always watching and considering the world around her. This kind of character works so well in a first person story, because of course we get to know everything she notices. Hattrup's sense of place and skill at detail comes through beautifully in Frannie.

The novel takes place during a very fraught time in Frannie's life.
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Amber Smith
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, FRANNIE AND TRU bravely tackles some big issues, like class, race, and sexuality with both honesty and sensitivity. But underneath those issues, at its core the story is about the complex friendship that develops between estranged cousins, Frannie and Tru, both of whom are trying to find their place in the world over the course of one Baltimore summer. Hattrup's portrayal of that moment in life when it feels as though the whole world seems to be changing around you and ...more
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Review
Frannie & Tru was a book where I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to get.What a got was beautifully written, quiet story. When I say quiet I don't mean boring. I just mean that is a subtle story. There isn't any crazy plot, any quirky hook - it is just a really lovely coming of age story of shy girl with a really normal family.

Frannie was someone that I got. I was shy, naive and always feeling like I was trying to figure out what was going on. I thought she sounded a bit young
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Kathy MacMillan
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, literary coming-of-age story about a young girl opening her eyes to the wider world around her. Fifteen-year-old Frannie Little is prepared for the summer after her freshman year of high school to be a total disaster – she’s going to a new school in the fall, drifting away from her old friends, and her father’s work situation means her family is running out of money. But then her troubled, charming, two-years-older cousin Truman comes to stay for the summer, a refugee from his ...more
Caleb Roehrig
A lovely and moving novel about important issues, FRANNIE AND TRU charts one summer in the life of Frannie Little - a sheltered Baltimore girl whose entire life is on the precipice of change; a bad economy portends a bleak future for her working class family, and everything Frannie always took for granted about her existence is gradually being called into question. When her urbane and worldly cousin Tru comes to stay with the Littles for the summer, evidently after a bad coming-out experience ...more
Jenn Bishop
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always a sucker for novels about family secrets, so it shouldn't surprise that I was completely captivated by Karen Hattrup's debut, FRANNIE AND TRU. Frannie's a narrator that I could easily relate to, an ordinary girl whose tendency to blend in with the scenery lies in strong opposition to her cousin, Tru, who's tossed her family's way for the summer under complicated circumstances. This is a slow burn of a novel, where I often wondered in fear about where it might be going. I loved ...more
Travis Williams
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provided one of the most honest images of the mind of an adolescent girl that I have ever read. Frannie's rational stream of conciousness is beautifully represented through Hatrup's dynamic prose. I felt the struggles that Frannie went through deeply, and unlike many coming of age stories, at the end Frannie's insight into life is that it is more complex and obscure than she ever imagined it might be at the beginning. I have always felt that the great books leave the reader with more ...more
Chiara
A copy of this novel was provided by HarperCollins for review via Edelweiss.

I was drawn to Frannie and Tru because of the supremely gorgeous cover (I mean just look at it), and also the blurb. I thought it sounded pretty interesting, and from what it said I thought there might have been a possibility that it could be LGBTQIA+ (sadly, that wasn’t the case).

To be honest, I am not entirely sure what to think about Frannie and Tru, because I don’t really feel like there was a lot to this novel. I
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Kelli Spear
This book could have been amazing. It deals with a vast number of societal issues, and will probably make readers take a look at their own actions and second-guess themselves, the way Frannie does. However, it does get to be a bit annoying after a while. The train of thought becomes repetitive. And for everything that happens in the book, I never really noticed a change in Frannie. I'm sure we are meant to, but at the end, I felt I was told rather than shown.

And really, this summary was
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Molly
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harper-2016
My god, the writing in this book was effortless. I was able to sink down into it. I love it when I read a book and it feels like the words are just washing over my brain.

So I was DYING to read this book and was so excited when a friend gave me a copy. It sounded like such a ME book (dark-ish contemporary, ugly pretty people). And it was such a me book. I loved Tru and Frannie and their interactions with each other. I loved how pitch perfect Frannie's thoughts and feelings and actions were.

This
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Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

I've been thinking about my rating for Frannie and Tru for a while now. I originally had it at four stars, but when I look back, it didn't leave a massive impact on me, so I'm moving my rating down to three; for me that means an enjoyable, but average, read.

Frannie thinks her cousin Truman is coming to stay with them for the summer because his parents found out that he's gay, and they're so upset and need "time" to deal with
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Inah
The first time I’ve heard about this book, I immediately wanted to pick it up. So when Yani of Paper Boulevard was looking for bloggers to participate in the blog tour, I immediately signed up. Upon reading the synopsis, it’s pretty much given that the story was set with a dark aura, which gave off a mysterious vibe to the story.

It was difficult to get into the characters and relate to their situations. Growing up, I wasn’t really that close with my cousins so I’m sort of naive when it comes to
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Carrie
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frannie and Tru is the story of a 15-year-old girl set during a particularly difficult summer. Summer is always the best time for these kinds of stories—education without school; sweltering, oppressive heat as the backdrop for hard won understanding. You think you know what Frannie and Tru will be about from the book jacket, but that merely scratches the surface. Hattrup deals with subjects like race and class in a way that makes a reader reflect on his/her own assumptions and experiences. Never ...more
Karen
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This story was told by Fannie, a girl who is starting public school after being in Catholic school her whole life. Her homosexual cousin Tru comes to stay with the family (because his own parents couldn’t handle it) and Frannie becomes obsessed with him. Tru is all Frannie thinks about. I hated this obsession she had with him. Frannie doesn’t think much of herself and I found this boring. Frannie has no issues with Tru being gay, she just finds him so interesting. I got about 1/2 way through ...more
alice (arctic books)
thank you to HarperTeen for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

unfortunately, I was unable to finish this due to complete antagonizing boredom, but this may be a case of "it's not you, it's me." I personally could not read this book because I felt like nothing was happening. Literally (chris traeger, anyone???). Check this one out if you want, but this was not for me.
Rose
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautifully written story....
Kelly Gunderman
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Frannie and Tru is one of those rare books that leaves me at a loss for words when it comes to writing my review. I did like the book, but at the same time, it isn't something that left a lasting impression on me, so I didn't absolutely love it. To be completely honest, I wasn't able to develop many feelings at all for the book or its characters.

When I had heard about this book, it instantly became something I
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JoLee

Featured in "Reading on a Theme: Books Set in Baltimore" on Intellectual Recreation.

I was completely enchanted by Karen Hattrup's debut novel, Frannie and Tru.

Frannie and Tru is set in Baltimore, which, I admit, was what initially drew me to the book. And, I did love the setting. Ms. Hattrup does such an excellent job evoking the feel of the city in the summer. (The lack of an air conditioner was a good move. So sticky.) I loved reading a realistic book that was set so close to home. While
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Review to come soon


All of these debut books are starting to read as if they are the same. This was no different than the rest I have read recently. It started promising and then turned boring, leaving me to wonder what I just read.

This is the story of cousins Frannie and Tru(man). Frannie overhears her mother talking on day and mentions that Truman (who goes by Tru) is gay. Tru’s parents are so upset by this news that they send him away to stay with Frannie for the summer. Frannie is elated to
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Dan
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend! It was a wonderfully sweet book that I couldn't put down. Admittedly, part of my love from the book came from my own ability to connect with the narrator as she comes to terms with race, class, and sexuality... often in a way that is a dual-realization of the actual existence of these factors and, perhaps equally important, the smallness of one's own little safe world. Growing up in a similar enough environment, it was incredible to read these situations, even as an adult. ...more
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