The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
Published by: Ecco
Published on: October 25, 2011
Page Count: 240
Genre: Historical Fiction/Scrapbook Fiction (may not be a real genre, but it should be – and I hope there is more!)
My Reading Format: Hardcover purchased at Ram’s Head Books, Roanoke, VA.
Available Formats: Hardcover and eBook
Note and Brief Summary: I had planned to copy the publisher’s synopsis, but when reading it, I felt it gave too much away. Suffice to say that The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is started when she receives a scrapbook from her widowed mother for her high school graduation in 1920 and tells the story of how she eventually found herself.
My Mini Review
Unfortunately, the last remaining independent bookstore in my neck of the woods closed it’s doors recently. I felt like a vulture shopping, but as a book lover, I couldn’t turn down a 50% off sale. It was on my second trip to the sale that I picked up The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. I haven’t read a book like it before and finally decided that at half off it was worth the risk. I finished it before I fell asleep that night. I was completely absorbed from the first page. I absolutely loved every moment with this book. Knowing what I know now, I would have gladly paid double for this beautiful book. The story of Frankie Pratt’s coming of age was good in and of itself, but set within authentic memorabilia it becomes something beyond fantastic. It made me wonder what my grandmothers’ scrapbooks might have been like. I lingered and loved and lingered some more. As I pulled it down from the shelf to write this mini review, I reread a quarter of it. Simply put, it’s a delight in every way.
(If you got bookish gift cards for Valentine’s Day, now you know how to use them).