S.E. Sward for Readers’ Favorite
“The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club” is at its heart a coming of age story. Forced to confront prejudice and bigotry on a number of fronts—the Hick-from-the-Sticks image of small-town girls; the assumption that college coeds are only interested in getting an M.R.S. degree and will not need or want careers of their own; the sexual double standard; racism and anti-Semitism—Frankilee struggles with her own hypocrisy, recognizing that she cannot always swim against the current even with the best of intentions. In many ways Frankilee is a protagonist readers will be able to relate to whether they grew up in the 1950s or later.
Review by McGuffyReader
We first meet Frankilee Baxter in the book Dancing with Elvis. Then she is a 1950s teenager dealing with all off the typical teenage trials. Now, Frankilee is in college. She has blossomed from an awkward teen into a young woman, though she doesn’t yet feel comfortable or confident in her own skin. Frankilee takes us back to a time when the world at large was changing. As she finds herself, we are reminded of some important historical events. I found both books to be entertaining, endearing, and important in their morals and values.
Review for Blogcritics
The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club is much more intense than the novel’s title might seem to indicate. Lynda Stephenson has produced an excellent novel about a small-town girl’s eye-opening freshman year at a Texas liberal arts college. Frankilee Baxter is also the main character in an earlier book by Lynda Stephenson, Dancing With Elvis, but they are stand-alone stories and it is not at all necessary to have read one to enjoy the other.
While the book has a definite ending, at least one major thread is left hanging. raising the hope that there will be at least one more Frankilee Baxter book in the future. Frankilee is a character worth spending more time with, and her future stories promise to be interesting, and that means that this is a highly recommended book for young adult and older readers alike.
JKG , April 14, 2013
I enjoyed the first book, Dancing with Elvis, that introduced us to Frankilee, but loved The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Frankilee is a great character, you just have to fall in love with her. I hope the author is planning a third book about Frankilee as a professional journalist. We can only imagine the stories she might cover and some of the trouble she might get into covering those stories. Read the book – you’ll love it!
Youngblood, March 26, 2013
I admit, it took me a minute to get into this story, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down.
Frankilee Baxter is a lovable character. A little naive, but lovable. A college freshman in 1950’s Texas, Frankilee longs for womanhood, while at the same time, she is still a little girl in many ways. Although the story has some intense moments, it is told with a sense of humor. (I laughed out loud several times.) It realistically portrays college freshman life and the ins and outs of making it in the (semi) real world. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next episode in Frankilee’s crazy life.
GRANITE MAN , August 8, 2014S
She is right on target! Lynda’s a great author.
Lynn Fountain, March 3, 2014
Frankie Lee is a true southern heroine of the first order. A great page turner recommended for all! More, please!
Judy K, February 27, 2014
I was delighted to read this very well written and funny drama. I started in the morning and finished about 2 a.m. It really held my interest…and brought back many memories of college days in the early 60’s. I can’t help but wonder what today’s freshman would think of this.
thomasxd, January 30, 2014
As much as I enjoyed the first Frankilee book I believe I liked this one more. By the second chapter I was hooked and had to finish. The characters are very believable. Stephenson accurately evokes a certain time and place.
Miz pumpkin, October 26, 2013
This is a laugh-out-loud, warm, entertaining, and sometimes painful story that takes Frankilee through the roller-coaster life of her first year in college. I loved her in “Dancing With Elvis,” and love her still in this novel. Ms. Stephenson nailed college life in the 50s and 60s, so it is a great read for all who either lived in that time or want to understand others (perhaps their parents!) who did. It is a coming-of-age story that makes one think, as well as feel. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next chapter in Frankilee’s life. More! More!
Wes Watkins, Retired Member, U.S. Congress , June 26, 2013
This book brings back memories of my own “coming of age” – some hilarious, some poignant, some painful. The author captures the most realistic picture I have read of life in the 1950’s-60’s, even more so than “The Help.” I read the complete book before putting it down, and recommend it to all who grew up in this era or who want a better understanding of it. For the best setting, read the author’s first “Frankilee” book – Dancing With Elvis. I hope the author uses her unique writing skill to follow the evolution of Frankilee into a 21st Century woman.