You’ve probably heard of Frankly in Love. It is the debut novel of David Yoon, who is the husband of Nicola Yoon. I already loved his wife’s book(s). If I loved his debut just as much, that is the topic of today’s post-
Frank Li is of both American a You’ve probably heard of Frankly in Love. It is the debut novel of David Yoon, who is the husband of Nicola Yoon. I already loved his wife’s book(s). If I loved his debut just as much, that is the topic of today’s post-
Frank Li is of both American and Korean descend. His parents want him to fall in love with a Korean girl and marry her eventually. But there is a problem: Frank Li’s heart already belongs to someone and it has belonged to someone for quite some time. A white American girl called Brit. A relationship his parents would never accept.
That is the initial situation we are faced with. As a reader, you first get to know Frank and how his name Frank Li came to be. Even here you have to laugh a bit, because it is said that it would annoy Frank to talk about his birth name’s origin.
It is easy and you get straight into the action and do not want to put it out of hand. The style is great as I said, but at some points you notice that it is a debut. The story is cute considering the behavior of Frank. In my eyes, he is a stereotypical American. Some things that should be considered funny are, in my opinion, just embarrassing. In such scenes, I just shook my head. Sigh. I do not know a teenager who finds these things funny except maybe some horny 12 year old immature kids. In your senior year, you should already have a little maturity.
David Yoon addresses a topic that is already very interesting. As a white European, I do not dare to judge the handling of Korean culture, but what I criticize is the racism of Frank’s parents. Here Yoon twists the knife in the wound. Many people are unfortunately like this. I really wonder if these clichés are choices intentionally made to draw attention to these stereotypes. It’s just a feel good book to read on a gray and rainy day, cuddled up under a warm blanket. Despite my criticism, Frankly in Love is a RomCom I like to recommend to you. I am sure that we will read a lot from David Yoon. A solid debut novel with small defects.
So now you know my opinion and I would like to talk to you about diversity in literature. Frankly in Love is again a diversity book that many people will read, but in some countries such as my country Germany, these popular diversity books from America are absolute inside tips as they are barely read and receive virtually no chance here. Most of the books read usually have white protagonists and uphold the hetero-standard.
To put it frankly, the mainstream is served what they desire. That’s why I love it when books like Frankly in Love see the light of day. They are like a ray of light to me....more