Read This! Book Review
Be Frank with Me by Julia Johnson
This book is a delightful mix of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Wonder, and The Rosie Project. Yet, Julia Johnson has created her own unique story with a fresh new voice in her debut novel. In other words, I LOVED this book! It begins with Alice, the young computer-geeky, plain girl who travels to Los Angeles to corral the recluse writer to finish her next great American novel. Sent by her aged publishing boss, Alice has no idea what is in store for her in the ritzy Bel-Air mansion, where not only M.M. Banning resides after writing her one-hit wonder, but also Frank, her nine-year old son. Frank...where do I begin? First, he dresses odd, as in top hat and tails when the occasion demands, or perhaps aviator cap and googles? Maybe safari gear? He has specific rules: Only Frank touches Frank's things, don't touch him unless asked, he only drives in taxis with his mother, etc. He knows every minute detail of every old movie ever made. He also has no friends, is bullied at school, and is a wretchedly sad child dying for his mother's attention. In other words, Frank is complicated. This book is a roller coaster of a fabulous ride; the worst part is when you turn the last page. Do not miss this book. (Publish Date: Feb. 2, 2016)
And Laurie's not the only staff member who already loves this book!
"Frank is quite a character, exasperating and annoying - but I fell in love with him! A wonderful read." ~Chris
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