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Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
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bookshelves: 50-book-pledge, 2016-reading-challenge, library-book

M. M. "Mimi" Banning has published only one book in her lifetime but it was a tremendous success and made her wealthy and famous. Now, after having been cheated by an unscrupulous investment counselor, she needs to write a second book to support herself and her nine-year-old son, Frank. Her publisher, Isaac Vargas, sends his employee, Alice Whitley, to LA to help out--cook meals, clean and keep watch over Frank so that Mimi can lock herself away to write. Of course, he also wants Alice to keep an eye on the progress of the book and report back.

Frank is very different--extremely smart, inquisitive and very lonely. He loves old movies and dresses up in character costumes, which sets him apart from his classmates who dress in t-shirts and jeans. Facts are his armor, his protective force field against the jabs and ridicule of his classmates, who don't seem to appreciate the difference between being weird and being one-in-a-million.

Alice has a hard time at first adjusting to all the 'house rules' and coping with Mimi and Frank's eccentric habits. And who is the handsome handy-man, Xander, who shows up when he feels like it? Could he be Frank's father?

This story is heart-warming, funny and poignant with utterly unforgettable characters. Anyone who has ever loved a misfit, or been one themselves, will certainly be able to empathize with those who deal with and love Frank.
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Reading Progress

February 4, 2016 – Shelved
February 4, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 9, 2016 – Shelved as: 50-book-pledge
June 2, 2016 – Started Reading
June 2, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-reading-challenge
June 2, 2016 – Shelved as: library-book
June 3, 2016 –
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June 6, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Diane S ☔ Excellent review and yes, I loved Frank too.

message 2: by Bam (new) - rated it 4 stars

Bam Thanks, Diane! Wasn't Frank special?

message 3: by Rita (new) - added it

Rita I'm sold!

message 4: by Bam (new) - rated it 4 stars

Bam Good, Rita! Enjoy!

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