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The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston April 30, 2012

The book begins in 1920 when Frankie Pratt is graduating from high school.  After her dad died, Frankie didn’t think she’d be able to go to college.  She was able to get a scholarship to Vassar where she rubbed elbows with the rich girls who were in school only to find a husband.  Frankie didn’t want what the others wanted; she wanted to be a writer.  After finishing school, she moved to New York City where working for a magazine is not as glamorous as she had expected.  A failed romance and a brief stint overseas change Frankie’s mind about what she wants in life.

The format was fun; everything was scrapbook-style photos, drawings, and mementos interspersed with short bits of text.  I liked Frankie’s spirit and the story line was interesting.  I would recommend this to those who like historical fiction or a short, easy read.

4 out of 5 stars


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