Current Reads: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

This edition of Current Reads comes to you from one of our lovely BookChat members Jan. Here she reviews a nonfiction/graphic novel called the Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston. You can find this book on the graphic novel shelves at the Oamaru Public Library.

Here's Jan's review:

This book takes us back in time to the bohemian culture of the 1920's. The book is a collection of the author's vintage collectables, with contributions from friends and family. It is set in America, and begins a small New England town. The main character is called Frankie. Her father has passed away so her mother has to work. Frankie wins a scholarship to study at Vassor University but has to go back to work. Eventually she gets to Vassor. The authors descriptions of the students, teachers, college rules & regulations, the hierachy from the rich students down to the scholarship girls and all the cattiness that this class step ladder engeners, is vividly portrayed. 

Frankie's love affairs become the catapult for her travels from Greenwich to New York and Paris. She finally returns home because of a family crisis and finds the real love she has been looking for is at home.

The visual layout, the quality of the paper, the engaging story and all the trials and joys of going through young adulthood are presented in this unique comic book style.

Thank you for your review Jan!

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Julia de Ruiter