My Lovely Frankie

Judith Clarke

Allen & Unwin

July 2017

$19.99 AU

218p pb

ISBN: 978-1760296339

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My Lovely Frankie, is a book by Judith Clarke that puts ‘love and faith’ up against each other. The story follows the narration of a man named Thomas Rowland and his memoirs from the 1950s of his time at St. Finbar’s, a school for boys going into the priesthood. The story shows the development of ‘Tom’s’ feelings towards one of his friends, Frankie, who comes a week late to school and disappears in the middle of the year.


The use of popular topics such as homosexuality has a large appeal to young adult readers, especially when it is up against the contrast of personal belief. The storyline is quite unique and works really well. I like how it is set in the 1950s, a period that hasn’t been explored much in recent young adult literature. Although, when the story goes back and forth between the present and past, I found it can be a little confusing at times; it has a good balance between the narrating and the narration. This is a well-written piece of work that I could barely put down.


I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to people who like teenage high-school story novels or books from authors like, John Green.

Olivia, age 15

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