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    Thoroughly entertaining story!

    I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Frankly in Love by David Yoon. This story about Frank Li and his senior year experiences completely pulled me in from the very first page. The detailed, descriptive, and often colorful writing style held my attention and the wonderfully developed characters in this story totally captivated me. Quite “Frankly” I fell in love with Frank, his friends and surprisingly even his parents. This is a beautifully written story of self discovery, young romance, friendship, and family. This coming of age story is thoroughly entertaining and I highly recommend it! It is definitely an outstanding story that I believe will be enjoyed by readers of all ages! Frankly in Love is David Yoon’s first novel. It is a stand-alone Contemporary YA book that is written from a first person point of view and is divided into three sections. It explores subjects such as cultural differences, racism, violence, illness, death and grief. I also feel it gives a very realistic view of a high school teenager’s life, in particular their expectations, stresses, and experiences throughout their senior year. Finally, it depicts the challenging transition from high school senior to college freshman. This story follows the main character Frank Li through his senior year of high school as he struggles to rise above the cultural conflict of being a first generation Korean American teenager and deals with his heartfelt frustration of wanting to love freely. ~ “We all just want to love who we want to love.”~ Frank Li is beginning his senior year of high school. In many ways he is a typical high school “nerd”. He’s taking multiple AP classes, preparing for the SAT’s and applying to colleges. He loves hanging out with his best friend “Q” and enjoys socializing with his friends from his AP classes known as the “Apeys”. However, Frank is very different from most of his friends because he is also a Korean American. His parents, who immigrated to America, firmly hold onto their Korean customs and beliefs. Although Frank was born and raised in Southern California and can barely speak Korean, his parents expect him to follow many of their Korean traditions. Most importantly, they expect him to marry a nice Korean girl. Frank Li lives between two worlds- his Korean life at home and the very diverse American world he experiences outside of his home. When going to school and hanging out with his friends he is a typical American teenager but at home his life is very restricted by his parents' culture and racist views. These racist views affect his friendship with his best friend Q who is black and have even banished his older sister for marrying someone “not Korean”. Once a month Frank is expected to attend the Gathering where five Korean families come together for dinner. These five couples, including Frank’s parents, met in Seoul, became friends, all moved to Southern California to begin their new lives in America and have continued to get together for dinner each month for decades. Their children are all born in America and are all around the same age. Despite knowing each other since birth and being in the same year in school they never hangout with each other outside of the Gatherings. Frank refers to them as Limbos because inside the Gathering time freezes for a few hours while they “wait out time in between worlds”. Brit Mean is one of Frank’s Apey friends. Frank considers her intense, funny and a nerd just like him. She is the girl of his dreams but she’s not Korean. When Brit suggests they be partners on a calculus assignment everything changes. Frank and Brit become close and decide to date but this presents a huge problem for Frank. How will he date Brit and keep it a secret from his very intrusive parents? How can he possibly tell Brit his parents are racists and will never approve? When he finds out that Joy Song, one of the Limbos, is in a similar circumstance they come up with a plan. The plan is “to pretend date each other” to keep their parents off their backs. Frank and Joy have known each other forever, sharing a friendship that was always just part of the Gathering. This plan sounds like the perfect solution! It makes their parents happy and also allows them the freedom they seek to date others. As Frank and Joy are thrown together by the circumstances of their plan, they become very close and are surprised by how much they enjoy each other’s company. Soon Frank begins to question the wisdom of their plan. Will Brit understand if she ever learns the truth about his plan with Joy? Will he be able to keep this a secret from Brit? Would it be easier to date someone his parents approve of like Joy? Does he even understand what love is? As the plan begins to unravel, will Frank follow his heart at all costs? Thanks to G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books and Penguin Teen publishers for the privilege of receiving an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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    Adeptly captures the teen voice

    This book adeptly captures the teen voice, particularly how teens don't just have one maturity level, even within a single person. They can be making stupid jokes one second, but when the conversation shifts, drop all pretense and expose deep vulnerability to a trusted friend. Maybe they're blinded by early love, but their eyes are wide open to injustice and toxic viewpoints even within their own families. Frankly in Love is funny, heartfelt, honest and engaging. Offers openings to discuss race, heritage, class, sexuality, familial/cultural expectations, gun violence, racism from a variety of perspectives, and how different people have different ideas of what happiness and contentment look like. A love story, but not a romance.

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