The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston

Title:  The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures

Author:  Caroline Preston

Genre:  Sequential Art; Historical Fiction

Published:  October 2011 – Ecco

About:  (from the book flap):  For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father’s old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie’s dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau.

My take:  I’ll just start by saying The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is one of my favorite books of 2011. It is Frances Pratt’s story told through her scrapbook. Caroline Preston compiled a wonderful array of 1920s memorabilia from the US and France. Each page is a feast for the eyes that conveys Frankie’s story as she moves from high school graduation to Vassar to New York City to Paris and back home again.

I was surprised by the emotional connection I felt to Frankie given the unusual style of this novel. Frankie’s notes, photos, souvenirs, etc. tell a personal and complete story of the first part of her adult life that demands re-reading just to take it all in. I love that! This is definitely one for my keeper shelf. Recommended.

Source:  I bought it.

Disclaimer:  See sidebar. I was not compensated for my review.

21 thoughts on “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston

  1. I don’t think I’ve seen a bad review of this one anywhere. You’re so right about it being a “keeper.” It’s on my coffee table where I can flip through it occasionally. So happy that you loved it, Mary!


  2. I am going to be reading this one soon, and can’t wait! As Kaye mentioned, I haven’t seen a bad review yet, and am really curious about what’s inside. Very nice review today, thanks!


  3. I just read this book and loved it! It is so unique and is on my favorites list also. I had a library copy and plan to buy a copy for my keeper shelf. Loved it! It makes me want to journal and scrapbook!


  4. I wish I would have liked this one, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it when I checked it out from the library and only made it a third of the way through.


  5. One of your favorites of the year means it’s going to be one I’d like too. Lol. I’ve actually been interested in this one already. Looks like I might as well pick it up. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much Mary.


  6. “A feast for the eyes..” That’s exactly how I felt when reading this book. My ten year old daughter kept wanting to flip through it but I told her it was an adult book and she would just have to wait. I totally understood her disappointment.


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