I received this book via the publisher Pixel+Ink. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.No Admissions by Brittany Geragotelis
Series: The Infamous Frankie Lorde #3
Published by Pixel+Ink on 2022-10-18
Length: 304 pages
Reviewing ARC from the publisher Pixel+Ink
Reading Challenges: 2022 New Release Challenge
A group of parents looking to buy their less-deserving children into elite schools is about to learn a thing or two from a criminal mastermind in the third book in the Infamous Frankie Lorde series, perfect for fans of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls and Heist Society.
When Frankie discovers that a classmate’s invention has been stolen the day before a school-wide competition, the once-renowned international thief figures she might as well flex her skills to steal it back. But just when Frankie’s about to call her mission a success, she learns there’s more to the story than she’d originally thought.
A group of wealthy Greenwich parents are using their influence -- and wallets -- to guarantee that their kids get into the most exclusive institutions on the East coast, no matter how undeserving their kids are, or how far they have to go to ensure success.
Easy peasy for Frankie to crack. Until she gets to know these classmates of hers...and their parents...and everyone's real motivations and issues. Frankie sets the bar higher, to take the scam down from the top. The guy who's been hired to get the kids into their desired schools: "Mr. Admissions."
What People are Saying….
“The action sequences are fun. . . .” —Kirkus Reviews
No Admissions by Brittany Geragotelis is the third book in her series The Infamous Frankie Lorde which features a preteen girl with some unusual extracurricular activities. Frankie Lorde is the daughter of a famous criminal, living with her police office uncle, and attempting to turn over a new leaf. In this installment, Frankie uses the skills she learned from her father to take down a group of parents who are scamming the system to get their kids into elite private schools.
I really enjoyed this story. Frankie is an interesting character who will make readers questions their own morals. There are several good discussion points as Frankie breaks rule after rule all for a good cause. I personally love morally gray characters, and Frankie fits that description perfectly. It’s the whole Robin Hood conundrum: steal from the rich to give to the poor. BUT who is rich? Who is poor? Why steal from this one to give to that one? Frankie confronts these issues head on as she gets to know her fellow students and the parents who are cheating their way to the top. It causes Frankie to question what she’s doing, even if it is just to pause her own scheming.
As much as I love Frankie, I also loved Ollie and her uncle. The dynamic between them is great. Ollie is like her conscience and sidekick, keeping Frankie from going too far. Her uncle, who is a police office, knows that Frankie inherited some of her dad’s skills and is just hoping to keep her out of trouble. The deal when she moved in with him is no more stealing, no more heists. And technically, Frankie has kept her word 😉
Overall, I enjoyed No Admissions. While I haven’t read the first two books of the series, this didn’t detract from my enjoyment. The author does a good job of making it a standalone while also continuing Frankie’s story from the previous books. Middle graders who enjoy mystery and heist novels will devour this one with pleasure. Highly recommend.
Of all our plans, this was by far the craziest.
And it’s my own fault. I never should’ve agreed in the first place. But Ollie had guilted me into it, insisting that I never let him take the lead in our schemes.
Which was true.
But there was a good reason why. . . . I was simply better at it than he was.
This wasn’t an ego thing. It was irrefutable fact.
Fact: I was the daughter of the most notorious international thief the past decade had seen.
Fact: I had been the only real partner-in-crime my dad had had since my mom.
Fact: Dad had taught me everything he’d known.
Fact: Now that Dad was in prison for our past heists, I was the only one left to carry on his legacy—minus the whole getting caught part.
True, it was also fact that since coming to live in Greenwich, Connecticut, months ago, I’d taken my now best friend, Ollie, under my wing and begun to teach him the art of thievery.
And while it was also true that we’d already planned and carried out two big jobs together—successfully, I might add—Ollie was nowhere near my level of expertise yet.
But that was ultimately why I’d agreed to his plan in the end. It was low-stakes stuff. Sure, we could get in trouble if we were caught, but we wouldn’t end up in prison or anything.
Well, it was unlikely that we would, anyway.
Still, I felt the need to say something before we got in too deep.
“This isn’t going to work,” I whispered to Ollie through the dark.
“Shhhh!” Ollie hissed back. “You’re going to jinx it, Frankie.”
I rolled my eyes even though he couldn’t see me do it. Ollie was the kind of guy who believed wholeheartedly in jinxes. And bad omens. And lucky charms. And everything else that I thought was complete hooey.
Yet, he was my best friend.
“Fine,” I said between gritted teeth. “I won’t . . . jinx it. But can I ask just one thing?”
“What?” he asked.
“Why are we doing this again?” I asked.
Ollie stopped what he was doing and looked at me, exasperated. “Seriously?” he asked me like the answer was obvious. “Go big or go home, Frankie.”
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