Title: Be Frank with Me
Authors: Johnson, Julia Claiborne
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 287
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: 'Girl Friday' Alice Whitley's mission is to keep LA writer MM 'Mimi' Banning on track with her new novel. However, Alice's literary skills prove not to be in demand but her skills as a companion to Mimi's young son most certainly are. A member of an unusual household, Frank is not your average nine-year-old; he is an outright eccentric, ridiculously obsessed with Old Hollywood, far too clever for his own good and a total mystery to other children.

Both entertaining and poignant, this is a thought-provoking story of irresistible characters that delightfully demonstrates conformity is overrated.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Humour, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, America, Light style, 2018 Titles


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By: CHCH 240 2021-01-23 08:50:20
Our group had a great discussion. We loved Frank! And learned a lot from him - but we were all glad he wasn't our son or lived next door! Very enjoyable, a light read, parts were a bit bizarre, with a few chuckles along the way. A little frustrated with the sudden ending - we wanted to know more....

By: WANAK 010 2020-11-08 11:29:28
A light read. A couple of our group started but didn't finish the book finding it a bit ploddy. Others really enjoyed the humour after some of our more confronting recent reads. Generated discussion about schooling and how society in general responds to diversity - is it helpful to have a label to explain 'behaviour'? How accepting are we of behaviours that are outside the 'norm'?

By: PIOPIO 001 2019-09-29 19:39:30
Our group thoroughly enjoyed this quite light book. Quirky, humorous and slightly tragic. Some found the ending a bit flat and the sentences disjointed but others found it added to the intrigue along with imaginative use of language.

By: WHANG 015 2019-08-19 11:42:54
We loved the book and really wanted it to continue. A very enjoyable read.

By: NELS 050 2019-05-30 12:59:10
We loved this book - endearing characters, especially Frank. A recommended read!!

By: PALMN 023 2018-09-14 12:09:25
The majority of us loved this quirky book. Great discussion as to whether students with these problems should be 'labelled'.

By: TURA 002 2018-09-14 12:03:29
A nice light read that most of us enjoyed. Compared to 'The 10pm Question' that we read a few months ago, it didn't have the same emotional impact.

By: CHCH 437 2018-07-23 14:55:26
We all enjoyed this book! We thought there were a few loose ends at the conclusion, but on the whole a good book.

By: AUCK 272 2018-07-23 14:54:19
Some people didn't like the footnote format but it was a good short read - 9 out of 10 read it which is impressive for our group.

By: TEPUK 006 2018-07-23 14:52:52
A quirky story which initially was engaging and captured the reader's interest. Unfortunately this potential was eventually lost, leaving the reader feeling dissatisfied and plodding towards an ending which lacked punch.

By: CHCH 023 2018-07-23 14:50:57
The majority enjoyed the book. It generated a lot of discussion on the personalities and 'quirks' of the characters.

By: AUCK 209 2018-07-23 14:49:41
It was one of those occasions when our book club unanimously agreed that we had read a great book. The interesting characters were in itself enough, but on top of that it was humorous and well written. Top marks to the person who set the questions in the booklet. They were down to earth and relevant.

By: AUCK 272 2018-07-23 14:40:52
Amazingly everyone read the book, and we all loved it!

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