The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: a novel in pictures by Caroline Preston is a very cute story of young adult Frankie told via scrapbook pictures, captions, and momentos. The story begins with her wrapping up her public education, readying herself to be a woman of the 1920s. She loves Hemingway and English, graduates a Vasser girl, travels the Mauretania to get to Paris to fulfill her life’s dream of living in the city, and so much more. The story of this girl’s life is adventurous yet simple, and that is why Frankie is so endearing. She does incredible things, but she is does not carry herself as such. She is just simply a nice girl who sets goals and achieves them, even if they aren’t in the manner she initially hoped.
I will recommend this book to fans of historical fiction. The items in the scrapbook include old receipts, post cards, photographs, charms, and more. Those primary sources are peppered heavily throughout the novel and make the reader nostalgic for a long-ago era. I will also recommend this book to crafty young ladies who enjoy fine things, vintage/antique clothing, and propriety. Frankie deviates from societal norms only briefly, and each time it comes with a lesson learned and a new personal goal. It is an empowering book, a great foil to the aristocratic women of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.