BOOK REVIEW: Frankie
by Shivaun Plozza
Publication date: 28 March 2016
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Goodreads: 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.
Oh man, did this book get to my emotions. The storyline was well written and well balanced. Frankie has a tough life but her problems weren’t so overpowering that they took over the whole story. It felt realistic and genuine. There are people in the world who live similar lives.
Frankie’s an angry person who’s been dealt a bad hand in life but she won’t let you feel sorry for her. She doesn’t ask for pity. She doesn’t want it. She’s sarcastic and always ready to fight. Her flaws make you love her even more, bad decisions and all.
The main mystery of the story, Frankie’s missing brother Xavier, keeps you on your toes even if you do guess the truth. You’re also dying to know what Steve Sparrow said to Frankie that made her break his nose. With a Shakespearian hardback.
I loved that there was only a dash of romance. It was there, it was enjoyable, it didn’t take over the story. It didn’t affect Frankie’s development or the story. You wouldn’t call this a romance novel.
The diversity was great. I think it was only about 50 pages in and there were already two or three background characters of colour. They weren’t there to prove a point. They were there because they’re there in real life.
An amazing debut from the lovely Shivaun Plozza. I can’t wait to see what’s next.