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Frankly in Love Book Review

Thank you Penguin Random House and Penguin Teen for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Summary from Goodreads: 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. 

Thoughts: This is a book that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Everyone will be talking about it and it’s worth the hype.

There are so many aspects that I like about this because it is so much more than a love story. I loved the way this talks about the complexity of family, dating, friendships, and racism.

I read mixed reviews about this book after I finished it because I didn’t want to let other people’s opinions influence my own. I really enjoyed the story minus the love part of it but I understand that it needed to be there to move things along. I think that this isn’t a love story but a coming of age of story for Frank, who is coming to terms with what it means to be Korean-American.

I enjoyed the way that Frank grapples with his identity and how he tries to mix both of his lives together. I also enjoy when Frank doesn’t understand why he does anything. I think it was very reflective of how a lot of teenagers feel at his age.

Something I didnt like at first but after thinking about it I love it is the way we don’t really know any of the characters. We know them on a surface level and that’s about it. Even Frank who is the main character in the story is a little bit of a mystery to us. I loved this because I felt like I was seeing people how Frank saw them. He didnt know the people in his life as well as he wanted to and that included himself.

I recommend this to those of you who enjoy YA and those of you who want a book that makes you think.

You can purchase this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library. Another great way to get this book is subscribe to YA BOTM this month by using code “grow” and get your first box for $9.99.