Book Review: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures

January 9, 2012 book review 7

The title tells much of what this book reveals, but it’s so much more. The story begins in 1920, and has the most amazing visual appeal.  Frankie Pratt has just graduated high school,and she takes her dad’s old Corona typewriter and begins her scrapbook.  She dreams of being a writer, and leaving her hometown.  Her family consists of her mother and two brothers.  Her mom can’t afford to send her to college, but when she believes Frankie might be getting too close to the grandson of the woman she works for, she finds a scholarship and a way to get Frankie to go to Vassar College
This is when even more adventures begin for young Frankie Pratt.  Imagine the time of the flapper girls, of women’s early independence and the like.  Frankie meets new friends, those with money and influence and she experiences a whole new world. 
The archival photos and memorabilia are just gorgeous in this book.  The author, Caroline Preston, has collected antique scrapbooks and worked as an archivist for years.  Reading this book was like slipping back in history and peeking intimately into Frankie’s life.  I kept my own scrapbook in high school, full of ticket stubs, gum wrappers , bottle caps , report cards, photos and more.  I shudder to imagine what it will look like to a young person say in 2060.
This is an quick and enjoyable read, something light and nostalgic.  I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 stars. 

7 Responses to “Book Review: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures”

  1. Jenny

    I flipped through this at the store but didn’t think I’d be able to get into it. I’ll hve to trust all your guys’s opinions though! Maybe I’ll try again another time.

  2. Zibilee

    I can’t wait to read this one and see what I think if it. I am a scrapbooker, and have heard nothing but good things about this one. So glad to heat that you loved it and gobbled it up so quickly! Great review today!

  3. Terra

    oh this looks very intriguing – I love what you had to say about it, you almost brought the book to life for me!

  4. Pam

    Great review! I loved the format of this book and the visuals are gorgeous and nostalgic. A fun book to read.

  5. Heather @ Book Addiction

    Hi Anita!! I found your blog. 🙂

    In other news, I REALLY want to read this one. Everyone says the combination of scrapbook/story is phenomenal, and it sounds like you liked it a bunch too.

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