Review: Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup

Frannie and Tru

When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.

I think that I knew from the very start of this book that I just wasn't going to get along with it, because Frannie, for me, was just not a narrator I enjoyed reading. Frannie was a very negative person and whilst I should be saying something along the lines of 'I really enjoyed her character development' or 'this book had meaning' I didn't really get much meaning or character development in this book. It just seemed very bland for me. A bit like the cover really.

Now don't get me wrong - I did want to read this book, although I put it down multiple times to read other books while I tried to get myself into it I really did want to like it. I just didn't like it. neither Tru not Frannie were very interesting and I didn't really connect. The whole thing was just a little boring to me, and Frannie's internal monologue, whilst undoubtedly well-written, was just pretty monotonous and annoying to me.

Book released May 31st by HarperTeen
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

1 comment

  1. The cover is rather BLAH now that you mention it. I hate when it's obvious from the start that me and the M/C aren't going to click, but I still want to read the book anyway :( It's a struggle!! Too bad this didn't work out for you.


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