Reviewed by Christen Krumm

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, set in the 1920s, follows Frances Pratt on her journey to become a writer. For her high school graduation, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook from her mother. She finds her father’s old Corona typewriter in the cellar and vows to type one page every day.

We follow Frankie as she discovers her first love and experiences her first heartbreak, and as she goes to college, graduates, and struggles to find work in New York City. After discovering a romance would never work with the one man in her life, Frankie decides to travel overseas to Paris to see if she will have better luck with her writing in the land of starving artists. Frankie connects with an old friend and does seem to get a break in the writing world as well. When devastating news send her home, Frankie begins to wonder if love will ever find her or if she is going to be an “old maid” for the rest of her life. Love does find Frankie Pratt and in the most unsuspecting person possible.

The book is divided into six different chapters that tell of a particular point in Frankie’s life, ending with her marriage.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is an amazing new novel from Caroline Preston and is not to be missed! When I first cracked the spine of this wonderful book, I was a little leery that an actual plot could be followed. As an avid scrapbooker myself, I know that my personal scrapbooks sadly do not tell a full story, but just offers a glimpse into my life at that particular moment. However, I never ran into that problem with Preston’s book.

The plot was super simple to follow and accompanied by the photos that made the story that much more enjoyable! Most would shrug this book off as just another graphic novel, but I disagree. Adriana Trigiani had it right when she called The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt “a literary bottle rocket – loaded with whimsy, pizzazz, and heart.” This book would be a wonderful addition for any book lover, scrapbooker, or 1920 enthusiast’s collection!

Rating: 5/5

Christen graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a BA in English. She’s a coffee drinking stay at home mom by day and a freelance writer/editor by night. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter and welcomed a son in August.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Ecco. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.