Young women will savor this subversive cautionary tale of a
girl geek's exhilarating pursuit of power -- sexual, intellectual, and social --
within the retrograde, male-dominated world of an elite boarding school.
As her sophomore year at Alabaster Preparatory Academy begins, Frankie Landau-Banks, articulate and savvy about almost everything except love, learns quickly that secondary sexual characteristics aren't secondary at all. The formerly invisible freshman girl has "transformed from a homely child into a loaded potato", a potato that one desirable boy in particular finds as deliciously appealing as Frankie finds him. Lockhart arranges things so that the mere sight of her crush, senior Matthew Livingston, sends Frankie tumbling off her bicycle. With ironic efficiency, Lockhart has Frankie rescued, flirted with, and charmed. There is no surprise when Frankie ...
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