High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.
First off, I absolutely adore the fact that the title is a pun on Frank Li’s name like that’s just perfect. Secondly, fake dating is my all-time favourite ever romance trope. So, of course, I was totally in for this diverse cute romance.
YOU GUYS I WAS PLAYED! I got more than a cute romance. I got a political analysis of second-generation Americans and their disconnect from their parents. A look at the racism that gets layered upon each minority and how they then project that racism on others. And just a realistic look at a young Korean-American trying to stand out in a world where he will always have a modifier before the word American.
This book was an emotional rollercoaster and I loved every bit of it. I was both encouraged and surprised at the authenticity vibrating off this book. Frank is never once the perfect boyfriend and that’s perfect. I felt very much like Frank and his friends were the same kids I hung out with when I was in school. Real flawed teenagers.
I give Frankly In Love 4 Stars
Frankly In Love by David Yoon will be released in New Zealand 17th September 2019 by Penguin Books. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia or wherever you like to purchase books.
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