Book Review : Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline PrestonThrough a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love. But through After Frankie graduates high school in 1920, she heads to college after a whirlwind, scandalous love affair. Once at Vassar, Frankie crosses paths with intellectuals and writers, among them “Vincent” (alumna Edna St. Vincent Millay), who encourages Frankie to move to Greenwich Village and pursue her writing. When heartbreak finds her in New York, she sets off for Paris aboard the S.S. Mauritania. In Paris, Frankie takes a garret apartment above Shakespeare & Company, the hub of expat life, only to have a certain ne’er-do-well love from her past reappear. But when a family crisis compels Frankie to return to her small New England hometown, she finds exactly what she had been looking for all along.

Title : The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
Author : Caroline Preston
ISBN : 9780061966903
Copyright : 2011
Pages : Unpaged.

3_5 Stars

I liked The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston. It was enjoyable, and I was intrigued by its unique format and colorful pictures; however, it did not grip me. The story was unremarkable, but nonetheless, it fit its format very well. After all, scrapbooks and journals are created by hundreds of thousands of people across the world. These scrapbooks are filled with the minutia of daily life and small victories. Frankie Pratt’s scrapbook chronicles her young life through college and beyond.


  • Beautiful period images.
  • Intriguing and original format. I loved how it looked like a scrapbook and yet was still able to carry the narrative.
  • Realistic slice of life of a young woman’s coming of age.


  • Frankie Pratt seemed to be right where the action was on more than one instance. It seemed forced to have her edit for James Joyce and be in Paris for Lindbergh’s arrival and know the who’s who of Ernest Hemingway’s novel. It reminded me slightly of Forrest Gump and his uncanny ability to be wherever the action was most historical.
  • Move to Paris was unexpected and seemed extreme.
  • **Spoiler** Disappointed that the Jewish characters were portrayed so negatively. It seemed almost stereotypical that one was extraordinarily selfish and villainous, and the other was homosexual.

An example of the format:

Frankie Pratt example

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