Frankly in love by David Yoon | Book review by Mieke Göttsche
Frank Li is your typical Korean-American high schooler. He scored in the 95th percentile on his PSATs. His name has a lucky number of letters in it (7), he has a girlfriend and he’s pretending to date Korean-American high schooler, Joy Song. Wait, what?
"I loved the fact that this book deals with racism from a different perspective." - @mieksqueak #franklyinlove #yabookreview
Frank Li likes Brit Means but Brit Means is white which means his parents won’t approve. Joy Song loves Wu Tang but Wu Tang is Chinese which means her parents won’t approve.
Solution? Fake date one another to bypass the parents.
When I first started this book, I had high expectations and it did not let me down. I love reading the fake dating trope but I was curious to see where this book would go with the story since the characters are fake dating to see partners they already have instead of trying to attract a potential partner.
I loved the fact that this book deals with racism from a different perspective. Frank Li struggles to form a connection with his parents since he’s growing up so far removed from their Korean culture. At the same time, his parents aren’t allowing Frank the freedom to completely move away from their Korean microcosm to date and build friendships.
What I loved most about this book is the healthy relationship between Frank and his African-American best friend, Q. Yoon manages to form a strong bond between them where they can be supportive and affectionate to one another.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and would like to read a heartfelt romance mixed with some family drama and a lot of laughs.
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" would recommend this book to people who enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and would like to read a heartfelt romance mixed with some family drama and a lot of laughs." - @mieksqueak #franklyinlove #yabookreview
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