Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: November 7th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon


A genre-hopping, darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself, and falling in love.

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, a criminal record, and secrets of his own.

Frankie’s search for the truth could change her life, or cost her everything.

Opening Sentence: “Don’t tell him where you live.”


Frankie took me by surprise. As I first started to read Frankie I was unsure if this book was for me… something about it wasn’t quite what I usually go for when reading a book. Then I kept reading. That’s when I found myself hooked in this eccentric and angst filled read that took me on a journey I never expected to have.

No character is fully good or bad. Everyone was grey in the best of ways. Frankie especially. Frankie feels like she is cursed to be bad like all Vegas are and when she finds her brother with a checkered past and he leaves as swiftly as he comes she does anything and everything she can to find him.

This book is full of angst and dark humor as well as some relationships that seem to want to sink and some that are just becoming stronger. No matter the situation this story had a lot of heart and a lot of hope and that is what made me fall in love with it. It was quirky and at times quiet yet loud. It drew me in and I got caught up with all the lines that were crossed and the grey of the morality with so many of the things that had to happen for her to find her brother.

Frankie is an eclectic gem of a novel that leads you into some sticky situations where love kinda trips you along the way. Frankie is fun, funny, and heartwarmingly genuine in all the best of ways. I 100% recommend it!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Do you have any books that have surprised you?

-Till next time!

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