Frankly in Love
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• Was SO relatable (Frank is Korean American and I related to a LOT of his experiences)
• Has the fake dating trope
• Has amazing characters
• Explores complex family relationships
• Explores race
• Has an adorable romance
• Has humour
• Is simply everything
I highly recommend checking this out if you're into any/all of these things! This was a super anticipated release for me and it did not disappoint. This comes out 12th September!
Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for pr ...more
We all know this book is going to be a bestseller. The cover is great, the story is promising, the hype is real. But if I had to describe this book in one word? Weird. So so weird.
I'm obviously not Korean so I can't speak for the realistic portrayal of growing up as a second-generation Korean teenager in the US. It felt real enough though. Frank and his Korean-American friends all struggle with the huge gap between the expectations of their parents and the Am ...more
however, i will say that i prefer nicolas stories to her husbands. and thats not because anything is blatantly wrong with this, its just personal storytelling preferences.
what missed the mark for me is the promise of fake dating (one of my fave tropes), but the fake dating takes place for only a couple of chapters. i get that its the natural progression of the plot, ...more
It's my life (except the fake-dating)!
I mean, every ethnic house-hold can relate to the whole dating within your race nonsense and juggling your culture alongside the society you actually grew up in.
Our parents, man.
Another book turned me into Foucault pendulum swinging between three and four, too many readers may be called me “cruel bitch” but I think 3.45 stars won’t be rounded up to 4 !
Surprisingly at the beginning I was so ready to give five stars because from the first pages, dry humor, sarcastic story-tellin ...more
TW: racism, shootings, cheating, cancer, death of a loved one
I JUST CAN'T
I hated it so much.
There are gonna be unmarked spoilers guys so read this at your own discretion because I just can't talk about this properly without revealing spoilers.
Omg the writing..... THE WRITING WAS AWFUL!!!!!
Did the author Yoon want to be grandiloquent and overly verbose???
Or did he want to be painfully prosaic????
BECAUSE BOTH STYLES WERE PRESENT AND O ...more
Overall of this book is okay. It’s really entertaining and easy for you to enjoy, laugh and cry (maybe just a little because it’s not that sad) while reading it but man, my one and only biggest problem with this book is that I. DON’T. LIKE. FRANK. LI. I don’t like this guy even a bit. I don’t like him since he thought of another person when he was with someone else and that person who he thought of already had a boyfriend. See? Is this okay? Even if I can predict how the story f ...more
Frankly in Love is a fascinating look at love, friendship, cultural identity, parent-child relationships, and prejudice. I had been waiting for this book to come out for a while, and David Yoon certainly didn't disappoint me!
Frank Li is smart and funny, a first-generation American who tries hard to be a good son and a good friend. His parents want him to study hard and especially meet a nice Korean girl, so he doesn’t get disowned like his older sister.
Of course, ...more
I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.
This book was so good! It’s a romance but it goes so much deeper than just that. At the core, it’s a story about first love, racism, identity, and family.
I absolutely loved that this book did not shy away from talking about racism, especially the racism of Koreans towards African Americans and other Asian communities. I haven ...more
Reading Rush: Read a debut author
I loved it!
But first can we just take a minute to discuss the fact that David Yoon & Nicola Yoon are one of my new favorite couples.
WHY AM I STILL SO SINGLE???
Now on to the review.....
Frank Li has two names. Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. Frank barely speaks Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.
Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice K ...more
// Frank is, quite frankly, super loveable ...more
I really liked the representation. I knew little about Korean social norms and cultural habits before going into this book so my brain was definitely awake and ready to learn. Without info-dumping us, the author clearly explained why Frank Li felt caught between two worlds and why he disagreed with some of his pare ...more
Frankly in Love is more of a coming-of-age story, ...more
“Humanity's greatest strength - and also the reason for its ultimate downfall - is its ability to normalize even the bizarre.”
trigger warnings: racism, shooting, panic attack, cheating, (view spoiler)[family member being shot, parent with cancer, death of a parent (from cancer). (hide spoiler)]
representation: Korean American rep (own voices), African American rep, panic attacks, gay rep.
I really enjoyed this one, although not as mu ...more
Actual footage of me attempting to check this out from the YA room of the downtown library . . . . .
Frank Li is your regular meganerd who, when not studying in an attempt to score 1500 or better on the SATs in order to get into “The Harvard,” can usually be found with his buddy Q . . . .
Like most nerds, Q and I spend our time watching obscure movies, playing video games, deconstructing the various absurdities of reality, and so ...more
because well hello! says hello to my new disappointment of 2019!! 🎺🎺🎺 🎺
i wanted to love this so so much you cant imagine my happiness when i saw the synopsis and than got the arc. Why do my anticipated books and me not have a happy ending??? :(
#this review contains spoilers because i cant tell u all the wrongs without spoiling
I have no idea where to even begin? i shall start with the blurb i guess?
SO, we have Frank Li w...more
"I try to eat my lower lip. Then I remember the first Rule of Being a Person: no auto-cannibalism."
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.
I was really excited about starting Frankly in Love by David Yoon, but it really missed the mark for me. Additionally, this is a DNF, which I usually save for my DNF&Y post at the end of the month ...more
+ 3 stars for being genuinely enjoyable
- 1 star for Brit Means
+ 1 star for the exploration of racism
- 1 star for the cheating
+ 1 star for the humour
+ 1 star for the friendship
- 2 stars for the relationships
+1/2 star for their realistic nature
+1 star for the coming of age discussions
-1/2 star for theterminal illness as a plot device
+ 1/2 star for the chapter headings (I'm a sucker I know)
= ★★★☆☆.5 stars
I guess you could say I'm conflicted.
My first arc-read-before-the-book-is-published! I'm so excited! Thank you so much Penguin NZ for gifting me this & for being happy for me to share my opinion of the book.
I used to say about my parents, "I just can't talk to Mum & Dad!" But American born Frank really couldn't talk to his parents - their English was bad and his Korean was worse. A lifetime of misunderstanding come to a head in Frank's final semester at high school. Frank is clear on two things - he doesn't want to ...more
low expectations actually work, wow
so this book wasn't revolutionary. but i think it set out what it meant to do and it had some really insightful, inspiring, moving moments.
i really liked the complex parent-children relationships we got to see, especially from the korean families. i liked the talk on race and fitting in a ...more
I really enjoyed Frank's voice in this one, I found him immediately relatable and I love how the novel tackled racism in one's own family. The fake dating trope was lots of fun, but it does turn quite serious towards the end of the book when it comes to family.
I didn't really like Frank as a person because of how he treated his friends, family and the girls that he dates. He's quite self-centered. I also didn't like how Q was treated in the overall story arc.
Full review posted on Happy ...more
Frankly in Love by David Yoon is a book I had been highly anticipating as I have seen it hyped up everywhere. Unfortunately, much of the book is stereotypical and underdeveloped, and there is no plot, just drama. I found that the main character is difficult to support, and many events are just tossed into the plot needlessly. Honestly, I am disappointed in this one.
Frank Li is a Korean-American whose parents only allow him to date Korean girls. When Frank ...more
Y’all, how little did I know what I was getting myself into when I read this book. I knew it was going to be good, and I expected a cute, fluffy romance but it was so much more than that. In the best way possible.
All quotes are taken from the ARC and may change in the finished copy.
Content warning: death of a loved one, racism
“We all want to love who we wa ...more
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