Frankly in Love by David Yoon || OMG I GOT A PROOF COPY GUYS

Frankly in Love || David Yoon

  Published by | Penguin Random House on 10 September, 2019

  Genres | Young Adult + Contemporary + Romance

  Rating | Avocado Avocado Avocado Avocado Half-Avo ( RATING 4.5 / 5 )

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.

Thank you to Penguin Publishing House, who sent me a proof copy of ‘Frankly in Love’ in exchange for an honest review.
~ I received no compensation for this review. ~

Where do I start with this book. Have I ever said how much tropes annoy me? Well, if I’m honest, I can relate this book to a meme. And it sums me up as a big-fat-liar.

concept : and they were just two kids who fake dated so they could go out with who they want
me : pfft, what a loser
Frankly in Love : and they were just two kids who fake dated so they could go out with who they want
me : *crying* and they were just two kids who fake dated so they could go out with who they want

Yeah. Pretty much sums me up.

But into the actual aspects of this book. I have a lot to talk about. But mainly, I would like to talk about the representation in this book, and I don’t just mean how Frank is Korean. There is a representation of reverse-racism, which Frank is very aware of and rather put off of. His parents moved to America from Korea, but don’t want him to date any Americans, and they want him to study a lot, and they really don’t talk to their daughter because she married a black man. There is a representation of a boy who cries! I know, I was surprised too! Frank is a genuinely lovable character because he is a character who cries on multiple occasions, and it makes me really happy since boys are often stereotyped to not cry ever because doing so makes them weak. There is a representation of characters who are not open about everything. There’s a character who is revealed to be gay, but I am glad that David Yoon never stereotyped them as such, it would have really taken it down. And finally, there is a realistic representation of Frank’s parents not explaining or owning up to their racism. I mean, honestly. Who goes and will say that they don’t like someone because of their ethnicity even when it is obvious! It is such a human thing to do, and I think that by making his parents avoid the topic of their racism, I can understand Frank’s frustration even more. ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ ← Frank’s parents whenever he confronts them about how racist they are being.

Woah, this is a long paragraph.

Another thing I love about Frankly in Love, is that this is a trope (obviously) but that isn’t all it is. There is more story behind Frank’s love life, and I think that is really important in today’s YA books since it seems that books, although they promote good messages, they are getting slightly superficial. And guys, the title is a pun! How did I not realise this??? It took me almost three weeks to realise, and I swear my friend almost cried at how oblivious I am. And I can’t blame her, whoops! (/_\) ← My friend when she realised how sTuPiD I am .

Humour is key in this book, and it was shown really well! And not just shitty jokes, genuine funny moments. Also, there is already talk of a movie?? Go David! Even though there isn’t an official movie trailer yet, there are a few rumours flying around that Frankly in Love is preparing for the big screen! And so, to compromise, I will show you the book trailer instead!

All in all, read this book if you want to live a full life.

(typed emojis are courtesy of Vaishnavi at Written in Stars!)

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18 comments :

  1. Congrats on getting a proof copy!! �� That's so great!!

    I've been hearing about this one a lot lately, and I'm so excited to read it eventually! It sounds very cute and I'm glad you liked it so much! Awesome review :)

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    1. Thank you!

      It is so cute and I really did love it! It was super fun to review too, since I got really happy and excited while I was writing this!

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  2. Congrats on the proof copy! I'm so excited for this one even though I've only heard of it today, but weirdly I've seen it three or four times since this morning, including your review. Anyhow, I'm definitely excited for this, and I'm glad to see it has so much representation and it impressed you so much. Great review!

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    1. Thank you!
      Haha yeah that is weird!
      I can't wait to see what you think of it :)

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  3. I read an excerpt and thought it was quite cute but also important like you point out in your review. I'm pretty excited for the Korean rep too TBH. There aren't many books with Korean American rep around. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much!

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    1. Yeah, I'm worried that YA is getting a little bit surface deep, but I doubt that it will ever fully become like that.
      I really did, and thank you for your comment!

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  4. Fantastic review; this sounds so interesting and well written (: I love that it's got important messages within it but also contains fake dating and humor. I'm definitely adding it to my TBR now that I've read your review too. Well done for getting a proof copy, I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

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    1. Yay! I did and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!

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  5. Okay, I'm sold. I need this novel. I remember watching the book trailer, thinking it was a movie trailer and wanting to watch the movie lol So now I need this book!

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    1. Yes, you do!
      Please let me know how you feel about it when you read it!

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  6. Uuuu, I just saw this book on a YouTuber's channel and I wanted to give it a try. Now that I saw your review, I want to try it even more <3 I also really liked the name pun haha, Frank Li-> Frankly

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    1. I know, my friend was so disappointed at how long it took me to understand or even recognise the pun!

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  7. I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK ASAP. How have I not known about it?! XD XD Also, did Nicola Yoon's husband write this? *fangirls*
    Amazing review!! <3

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  8. I'm so glad you got a proof copy of this book-- that's amazing!! I have been interested in this book as I have seen it around. Plus I do really like fake dating and I think the fact that you did and you weren't the biggest fan of the trope is a good sign.
    This sounds like a really good book which covers some important topics and I'm glad it shows male main characters crying because you are right, no one ever shows that in books!!
    I'm glad there were some funny moments as well!! It sounds so good and I can't wait to read it!! Great review!!

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    1. I'm still so excited by it!
      Yay! Thank you, I can't wait to see what you think of it!

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  9. Congrats on the proof copy!! I laughed quite a bit while reading this XD. And the reverse-racism representation is so important! Great review��

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    1. Thanks! I did laugh too, I just didn't really write about that part since to me it wasn't the biggest thing about the book.

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