Be Frank With Me #2020

Be Frank With Me By Julia Claiborne Johnson Tavia Gilbert Be Frank With Me A sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck of Eloise the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
  • Title: Be Frank With Me
  • Author: Julia Claiborne Johnson Tavia Gilbert
  • ISBN: 9780062445278
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Be Frank With Me By Julia Claiborne Johnson Tavia Gilbert
    Be Frank With Me By Julia Claiborne Johnson Tavia Gilbert A sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck of Eloise, the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and the page turning spirit of Where d You Go, Bernadette.Reclusive literary legend M M Mimi Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years But after fallingA sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck of Eloise, the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and the page turning spirit of Where d You Go, Bernadette.Reclusive literary legend M M Mimi Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff style ponzi scheme, she s flat broke Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies with a few stipulations No Ivy Leaguers or English majors Must drive, cook, tidy Computer whiz Good with kids Quiet, discreet, sane.When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she s put to work right away as a full time companion to Frank, the writer s eccentric nine year old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth graders.As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank s father is, how his gorgeous piano teacher and itinerant male role model Xander fits into the Banning family equation and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.Full of heart and countless only in Hollywood moments, Be Frank with Me is a captivating and unconventional story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world.
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    • Frank is the definitive star of this story and seriously I can t remember the last time I have enjoyed a character Frank, is nine, going on forty in some ways, yet emotionally still a child He is smarter that a ridiculous amount of the population and loves old movies and the dialogues of old movies of which he is expert at reciting His style of dressing is wonderful, but very strange for a nine year old Frank, is eccentric, he is different which means he has a hard time with his classmates at s [...]


    • There are very few writers who are writing exactly, exactly the books I want to read The kinds of books Marisa de los Santos writes, or Tayari Jones, or Julianna Baggott, or Lydia Netzer The kind of books I try very hard to write You know the ones that make you FEEL things and yet never get treacly or manipulate the weep or sell out for the TOO happy ending that I am too pragmatic and jaded to believe in Books where the language matters A WHOLE LOT but the point of the sentence is never just the [...]


    • I almost had Kelly hunting me down for some stabby stabby Because I didn t really like this book I wasn t impressed with the storyline or most of the characters But there is Frank.


    • Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I love that kid, he said Get in line If you would have told me a book about a quirky nine year old kid would end up being one of the best things I ve ever read, I probably would have assumed you were smoking some wacky tobacky But then I met Frank Frank comes to us via way of Alice an assistant at a publishing house who has been assigned the potentially daunting task of being live in help while reclusive author M.M Banning writes her highly anticipated sec [...]


    • To meet nine year old Frank, is to meet Sheldon Cooper, of The Big Bang Theory fame, as a boy Frank is 99.9% brighter than most people, captured in a sort of Asperger s mind, with a flat toned voice and an absent sense of humor by circumstances, or, default Reactions are best when programmed.Knock Knock , as a prerequisite to any joke, means he is suppose to laugh Otherwise he doesn t get it His best friends are characters in 1930 movies, which he emulate in his wardrobe, and a dictionary He can [...]


    • Be Frank with me by Julia Claibourne Johnson is a 2016 Willam Morrow publication I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review With the wealthy and secluded Bel Air as a backdrop, the relationship between a reclusive one hit wonder author and her delightful, but complicated son, Frank , sets the stage for this offbeat, put poignant story Think along the lines of Harper Lee or J.D Salinger and you have M.M Banning, or Mimi, to her close friends [...]


    • Frank will be okay, Alice, Mr Vargas said He s an odd duck, but brilliant children often are It may take him a while, but someday he ll figure out how to live in the world of ordinary mortals Be Frank With Me is the first novel by American author, Julia Claiborne Johnson When reclusive author, M.M.Banning aka Mimi Gillespie contacts Isaac Vargas, her New York publisher, to ask for help with a new book, he is prepared to bend over backwards to assist Years ago, her first and only book was such a [...]


    • Good grief, this book was just adorable from start to finish Frank is one one of the sweetest characters that is so perfectly formed that you just want to give this sweet little boy a hug when you get done with this book I found myself giggling through some of Frank s antics and well up when he just couldn t fit in with his peers I can t imagine the research that went into forming all of Frank s numerous thoughts about actors, movies, and all the fun facts that he had gathered over the years tha [...]


    • All the stars go to sweet, adorable, unconventional Frank The behavior, routines, fixations, hypersensitivity, and social processing of Frank s character all point to Aspergers or some form of high functioning autism, although it is never actually spelled out in the novel The absence of labels allows for showing versus telling during his character building which I loved Through an adult s POV, we get to follow Frank around and for real fall in love with this little guy It was interesting to meet [...]


    • My Rating 2.5 5 starsWhat drew me to this book initially was the title I loved all of the different meanings you could draw from it, the idea of a quirky boy and the cover is teal a colour that I m drawn to, what can I say.Unfortunately the honeymoon ended there Be Frank With Me had all the makings for a great read for me but then it didn t deliver and I struggled to get engaged with the plot and its characters Sadly, I found myself skimming through some of the chapters in the second half The pr [...]


    • I LOVE Frank everyone else in this book It s like a mashup of what I imagine a Harper Lee like author is like and Bernadette from Where d You Go, Bernadette plus every other quirky character you ve ever met in the body of a 10 year old child his mother I m going to need this optioned into a movie ASAPtually.


    • On the surface, Be Frank with Me greets us as a fairly light, quirky novel about the reclusive authoress Mimi Banning, her eccentric nine year old son Frank, their elusive handyman and piano teacher Xander, and Alice She is employed to edit Mimi s new book, provide support as a general Girl Friday and attend to Frank Alice is the steady narrator, the sane individual requested by Mimi for what proves to be an adventurous and unusually challenging period with this motley crew of characters which t [...]


    • Okay, I m just going to start this post off by saying that Julia Claiborne Johnson s debut novel, Be Frank With Me, is going to be one of my favourite reads of 2016.Mimi Banning wrote one book twenty years ago a brilliant book that brought her wealth and fame But Mimi is a recluse And now she s a broke recluse, having fallen victim to a Ponzi scheme So, she needs to write a new novel You see, it s not just Mimi she has a nine year old son named Frank to support She needs someone to watch Frank a [...]


    • Frank will be okay, Alice, Mr Vargas said He s an odd duck, but brilliant children often are It may take him a while, but someday he ll figure out how to live in the world of ordinary mortals 3.5 stars A beautiful, heartwarming story, but I have to agree with a lot of people that the real substance in Be Frank with Me lies in the characters Frank, being at the center of the story, is quirky, amazingly intelligent and endearing, but the author also shows us the downside of being one in a million [...]


    • M M Mimi Banning has published only one book in her lifetime but it was a tremendous success and made her wealthy and famous Now, after having been cheated by an unscrupulous investment counselor, she needs to write a second book to support herself and her nine year old son, Frank Her publisher, Isaac Vargas, sends his employee, Alice Whitley, to LA to help out cook meals, clean and keep watch over Frank so that Mimi can lock herself away to write Of course, he also wants Alice to keep an eye on [...]


    • Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson left a lot to be desired I had a high hopes for this novel and I enjoyed the first 100 pages, but the story and premise quickly went off in a direction that didn t make a lot of sense to me And I wasn t crazy about the writing Very choppy The protagonist, Alice, was quite boring Frank was too eccentric, and don t believe a little boy would talk in such a grown up way, eccentric or not It just felt false and patronizing Frank s emotionally aloof mother, [...]


    • Oh god where to start I loved everything about this book but it s the characters which set it apart from anything else I ve read recently MM Banning Mimi reeks of Harper Lee an enigma, famous for her one and only award winning book written decades ago Interestingly she s probably the character we get to know least in this story She s aloof, prickly and unpredictable Readers will occasionally question her mothering skills but there s no doubt she loves her son Desperately.Alice is like a breath o [...]


    • 4 s with many 5 Frank moments Kelly and the Book Boar made a prefect comment, I don t promise the story is great, but I dare anyone not to be smitten with Frank It was interesting to meet the other characters, but Frank stole the show Jennifer I totally agree with Diane, who described the book as delightful,funny, poignant, and heartbreaking I listened to the audio version and I really enjoyed it As Joyce said The narrator wonderfully portrays Frank and his shotgun monotone Please note, as I am [...]


    • Laugh out Loud dialogue and one can only wish t be at the dinner table when the author and her comedic husband discuss the days events Frank is one of the most original characters that I have read in along time 5 enthusiastic stars


    • Alice, a young publishing assistant, is sent from New York City to Los Angeles to encourage one hit wonder and Harper Lee type M.M Banning aka Mimi Gillespie to produce her long delayed second novel But when she arrives she discovers her most pressing duty is keeping an eye on Mimi s oddball son, nine year old Frank I doubt you ve ever met a character quite like Frank I appreciated how, although he is clearly on what would be termed the autistic spectrum, Johnson avoids naming his condition Alic [...]


    • This book is an easy read and mostly lighthearted with an interesting cast of characters I think it would be a good read especially when you need a break from all the heavy and dark emotional books we sometimes string together This is contemporary fiction that is staged around an author needing to write a book and an editor s assistant that goes to stay with said author to make sure she has no distractions while writing the book The assistant takes care of the author s child, among other things [...]


    • Be Frank With Me immediately stood out with its bright teal cover and simple artwork I enjoyed the aesthetic and it fits perfectly with the persona of Frank, too.Be Frank With Me is told through the eyes of Alice, a young twenty something sent to help out at the home of M M Branning Mimi whilst she knuckles down and writes a sequel to her one hit wonder novel However, it isn t just boring house cleaning and upkeep Alice also has to look after Mimi s eccentric son, Frank, who is the real star of [...]


    • 4.5 Stars The writing in this book was great The novel s written in first person from Alice s point of view I enjoyed this book Frank is my favorite character, but I wish that he had been part of the narrative also It would have been fascinating to have a glimpse into his thought patterns Some insight about Frank, his character is a fascinating, enduring character He is eccentric, he s different, the way he speaks and quotes movies, his encyclopedic knowledge of the film industry and his movie c [...]


    • 3 1 2 starsI have read a fair amount of books that deal with socially inept characters that border on, or has full blown Aspergers so this book fits into the same category as The Rosie Project and 600 Hours of Edward.This book has also been favourably compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time however I don t completely agree with this comparison.The story is told from the perspective of Alice, a publisher s assistant who comes to aid a hugely successful but reclusive literary [...]


    • 3.5 starsBe Frank with Me is a sweet story that I am glad I read Frank is a sweet, quirky, brilliant boy who will grow up and change the world Sadly, society does not always value these children when they are young and out of step with the rest of their generation He struggles with the social aspects of school and has been asked to leave many schools due to his inability to fit in His mother Mimi, an author with one great book, has been swindled out of their entire savings and must write another [...]


    • Thanks in advance for bearing with me here, as this book is quite difficult to review without spoilers Also, I dislike re hashing plots, so I m assuming my readers have read the blurb first for that.I ve read a review where Alice is described as an empty, cardboard figure I can t go along with that at all, as I found her easy to identify with, although I saw her as a bit older than 24 Mimi, the one hit wonder writer Harper Lee figure , I found generally difficult to take as she was often abrasiv [...]


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    • As has been noted by almost every professional review yes, this is a bit derivative of the Salinger effect, and also a bit improbable, a little anachronistic in ways than just the wardrobe choices, butBe Frank With Me has no comparisons when it comes to originality the closest might beWhere d You Go, Bernadette , and we all need to read a little sweetness at times It s clever in a fresh way, laugh out loud funny in a smart benevolent way, and at the same time there is something reminiscent of t [...]


    • I took me a little while to warm to Frank, the central character in this story He is a very unusual nine year old child, extremely intelligent and a little on the autistic spectrum, although that is never stated He doesn t like to be touched or to have his possessions touched He s liable to melt downs where he ll either bang his head against a wall or lie on the ground like a plank A big fan of movies, his head is full of facts about actors, locations, directors and scripts He likes to dress as [...]


    • I ve been dying to read this book so when I got an ARC from work I was super excited It had a great start and I was immediately captivated by Frank, a boy that was unlike anybody I ve ever known It was interesting to observe his life through the eyes of the narrator, Alice, who was his interim mother sister friend babysitter However, Alice was boring She reminded me of Bella in the Twilight series a shell of a character that the reader could slip into I was surprised and slightly put off by the [...]


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