5 Things About Frankie and Joely by Nova Weetman

December 2, 2015 Review 16 ★★½

5 Things About Frankie and  Joely by Nova Weetman
Frankie and Joely by Nova Weetman
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Publisher: UQP
Source: Publisher
Pages: 264
Release Date: July 1st, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Frankie and Joely are best friends. They love each other like no one else can. But when a summer break in the country brings fresh distractions, simmering jealousies and festering secrets, can their friendship survive?

It’s the holidays and, together, Frankie and Joely board a train and escape the city and their mums for a week of freedom. But when Joely introduces Frankie to her country cousins, Thommo and Mack, it soon becomes clear that something other than the heat is getting under their skin. As the temperature rises and the annual New Years’ Eve party looms closer, local boy Rory stirs things up even more and secrets start to blister. Suddenly the girls’ summer getaway is not panning out how either of them imagined. Will they still be ‘Frankie and Joely’ by the end of their holiday?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Characters I could not deal with

FRANKIE AND JOELY is a very character driven novel, and unfortunately the main characters were people I had issues connecting with. They were just frustrating in various ways. Some of their thoughts and actions I didn’t agree with, or they’d say things that grate my nerves. The only characters I liked entirely were minor side characters like Joely’s Aunt and Uncle. Frankie did grow on me, but the rest of them ugh.

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A focus on friendship

Books with good friendships can be few and far between so it’s always exciting to find a book that explores them. But it’s also scary because the friendships generally aren’t the focus of the contemporaries because it’s all sunshine and rainbows. There’s no room for development then. Franky and Joely’s friendship certainly isn’t easy.

What is communication?

For apparent best friends they two girls have a lot of bitchy things to say about each other, and annoyances. It astounded me they had been friends as long as they had. They also didn’t communicate. Seriously if they just spoke up more often none of the annoying situations would have happened. But I supposed if they started off perfect there would have been no room for growth.


Love pentagon

I wish this wasn’t an exaggeration, but it isn’t. FRANKIE AND JOELY has a love pentagon. And because I didn’t really connect to any of the characters I couldn’t ship any of the possible ships. I had no patience for any of them. Plus some of the characters were arseholes and didn’t deserve anyone. And some of the parts of the love dilemma fell way too quickly for some of the other members for my liking.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

Another aspect of FRANKIE AND JOELY I liked was that it was set in rural Victoria! I haven’t read an Aussie novel in a while, and having been on a cattle farm just a few months ago it felt really authentic. The stinking summer heat, the slang, the culture was very familiar and relatable. It was nice to read.




Contemporaries have to be amazing for me to really love them and unfortunately FRANKIE AND JOELY didn’t hit the mark. The friendship and characters  got on my nerves too often, almost resulted in me DNFing it. 

I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t trying to read it in exams or if I was in the mood for a contemporary.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.3

16 Responses to “5 Things About Frankie and Joely by Nova Weetman”

    • Bec

      They were so doing friendship wrong! It was hard to see how they even became friends, particularly best friends, in the first place.

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Wow…I can already tell from your review that me and this book would not get along. Even though contemporaries aren’t my go-to genre, I know that I’d like a lot of them, but not this one. I think the girls would frustrate me to no end and well, that love-pentagon sounds ridiculous LOL! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here Bec and I hope your next read is/was better :D
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    • Bec

      Contemporaries aren’t my go to either. A contemporary needs to be AMAZING and/or hit me at the perfect time for me to like it a lot.

    • Bec

      I could have seen why a love triangle developed, but then the dick you made it a love pentagon had to appear -_- He also wasn’t worth the girls attention.

    • Bec

      I ache for these friendships too :'( There are a few out there, and surprisingly most of the ones I love are in fantasy novels that don’t even focus on friendship haha.

      There was way too much angst for my liking at the time :/

  2. Jenna @ Happy Indulgence

    I’ve this book a lot at Dymocks but I’ve never really looked into what it was about. Reading the synopsis, this sounds like a bit of a mess. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re getting yourself into… and I could tell from the synopsis that I probably wouldn’t like the characters. I enjoy reading about friendships in books but I dislike it when authors break up a friendship with bitching and jealousy only for them to realise they need each other. Friendship can be explored in so many different ways and I don’t think it’s necessary for characters to be apart in order for them to value their friendship. I think I’m rambling now…
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    • Bec

      I was lucky enough to have seen a few reviews so I had an idea of what I was going into, but still hoped it would surprise me.

      I know exactly what you mean! There are so many ways to explore the depths of friendships without such angst and drama

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