Ami asked E. Lockhart:

I *love* the character of Frankie Landau-Banks! Was she based on anyone you know in real life...or maybe even the younger E Lockhart?

E. Lockhart Thanks.
Frankie's emotional life -- her anger, her ambition, her feelings about boys -- those all come from my own experience, but the rest of her is invented.

I never went to boarding school and I come from a very different kind of family. It took me months to research and invent the pranks Frankie figures out on the fly.
E. Lockhart

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