ya meets kdrama: the disreputable history of frankie landau-banks

the kdrama + ya novels fun continues with ya meets drama! you can catch up on previous posts by checking out the lovely ladies linked at the bottom of this post. they’ve got some awesome casting action happening over at their blogs.

this week, i’m once again dipping into my ‘top 5 ya novels of all time ever’ to bring you the disreputable history of frankie landau-banks by e. lockhart.


guys, this novel. i wish this novel existed when i was in high school because frankie is exactly the girl role-model i needed: a budding feminist, a social critic, and a prankster. she’s everything i wish teenage corey could’ve been. what i love most about frankie and her story is that it’s not a love story. sure, there are cute boys, but ultimately, it’s about this girl finding her way and finding herself and kicking ass and taking names while she does it. i can’t recommend this novel enough.

e. lockhart is kind of my favorite. you should read all her novels. all of them.

about the casting

naturally, when casting this drama, it was important to find an actress who could fully really embrace frankie, flaws, funnies, and all. i feel like my choice is pretty spot on, as this young actress continues to impress me in everything she does (she’s been evil, and broken, and good, and i just love her maybe i don’t know.) casting everyone else was a piece of cake: matthew, the full-of-swagger boyfriend; porter, the seemingly two-dimesional ex who’s got more backbone than we think; trish, the total opposite best friend who is always there for frankie when she needs her; zada, the older sister and voice of wisdom; and last, my favorite (duh), alpha.

i think what i love most about this book is the relationship between alpha and frankie. while it’s not a romantic relationship (though i’ve got theories upon theories about the potential, let me tell you), it’s clear that frankie gets to alpha in ways very few do. alpha underestimates frankie, thinks she’s just some little girl, but little does he know… well, i won’t spoil it for you (but it’s fantastic.) so alpha was important, and i was delighted when one of my all-time favorites came to mind. i’ve seen real range with him, and i think he could really bring alpha and all his alpha-ness to life.

so, without further ado, i present thee with:


frankie landau-banks at age 14: debate club. her father’s “bunny rabbit.” a mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

frankie landau-banks at age 15: a knockout figure. a sharp tongue. a chip on her shoulder. and a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed matthew livingston.

frankie landau-banks. no longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. when she knows matthew’s lying to her. and when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

frankie landau-banks, at age 16: possibly a criminal mastermind. this is the story of how she got that way. [x]


kim so hyun (김소현) as frankie


yeo jin goo (여진구) as matthew


sung joon (성준) as alpha


nam bo ra (남보라) as trish


baek sung hyun (백성현) as porter


lim ju eun (임주은) as zada

don’t miss out on the drama + hijinks! the disreputable history of frankie landau-banks will air monday & tuesday nights at 11:00PM on tvN*

(this is fake. also, i’m totally bias on tvN. if i wrote kdramas, they’d get all of them. watch one of their shows and you’ll understand.)

hit up the ya meets kdrama crew:    laura | katie | rachel | christina

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