Book Review: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

Author: Shivaun Plozza
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Publisher: Penguin
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Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.


A thousand thanks to Jenna from Reading with Jenna for bringing me this OZYA title to share!

The first thing that stood out to me in this story was the narrative’s voice: it’s hilarious, down-to-earth, and relatable on all accounts. Told in first person POV by Frankie, this book first starts off with her meeting her half-brother named Xavier. It’s awkward, but cool at the same time. I mean, who wouldn’t bond over their deadbeat mother right? After that we get a little glimpse of Frankie’s messed-up life. She’s taking a break from school after punching some jerk’s nose for something he said, yet she doesn’t say anything when given the chance to explain to the principal. It’s almost as if she sets herself up for failure because of her background – a mother who leaves her, and a father who overdosed when she was a toddler. Basically, she never really had parental influences and was instead raised with love by her Aunt Vinnie. Frankie definitely shows the more rough side of life while following the escapades of a soulful girl who just wants to find acceptance in the world.

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