Blog Tour + Review: Frankly In Love by David Yoon

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Frankly In Love

Author: David Yoon / Published: September 10, 2019



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 Penguin Random House International for providing me with a gifted review copy and inviting me to join this blog tour. All opinions expressed are my own.


This is possibly one of the best debuts I have ever read. I truly fell in love with the story and characters. So many emotions were expressed reading this. I went from laughing to crying all at the same time. I can’t express how important this book is, and I can’t wait for you all to read it!

The book centers around Frank Li and his family. Frank has become of my favorite main characters. I loved what he stood for, I loved seeing him discover himself, and I loved how memorable he was as a character. I learnt so much from Frank. It took one book to make me connect and to learn some very important life lessons. Although I’m not Asian I feel like the author touched some subjects that are relatable to many people, regardless of ethnicity and race. Racism is something that I’m sure many of us have witnessed and been through. Frank made some points in this book that made me stop and say, ‘I say this all the time. I feel this on a whole new level.’. I have been through the racism situation. I’ve been the one to call people out, and I’ve been the one who has to explain why these things are wrong. Seeing Frank express the same thoughts that I’ve had was everything.


Another point that I loved was the struggles with representation. Frank not being able to speak Korean didn’t make him any less of a Korean. This is something that he had to discover. There will always be someone who thinks you aren’t enough of your culture or that you’re missing something essential. Just because you can’t speak a language that your cultural background does doesn’t mean you’re less attached to it. Learning this lesson with Frank was important because I’ve been through that criticism, and I know what it feels like to call a place home and yet not belong. David Yoon really made me emotional with this book. It truly means the world to me and I’m honestly never going to stop recommending it. The book releases today so if you’re debating reading this or not I suggest you pick this up 100%. Whether you can relate or not the story and characters will take you on one amazing journey. The story explores family, identity, and friendship.


About the author



David Yoon is a writer and designer who created the illustrations for the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Everything, Everything. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their energetic daughter. Frankly in Love is his first novel.




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