Frank Li is a Korean-American high school senior. He and his best friend, Q, are good students, studying for the SATs and playing video games and talking to each other like elderly British gentlemen ("Pip pip, old chap."). Frank's parents have very high expectations of him, and would like him to date a nice Korean girl, but instead he falls for Brit Means, who is white. Frank forms a plan with his Korean friend Joy: they will pretend to date each other to make their parents happy, while actually going out with other people. The plan works for a while, but some unexpected complications arise, and Frank finds himself wondering if he knows himself as well as he thought he did. I think this wry, funny, heartfelt book is a coming-of-age classic-in-the-making, and it's my favorite thing I've read this year.— Cora
Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Frankly in Love is a breathtaking, sit-on-the-floor-sobbing, smile-till-your-face-hurts whirlwind of a novel. David Yoon’s writing is extraordinary: carefree and playful, yet deep and resonating. Embedded throughout are gems that encapsulate the humanity of being young, being in love, and discovering who you are and who you aren’t. Not only is this a compelling and engrossing story of love and growing up, it powerfully hits many notes regarding race, family, and biases. I know this will be a book that will continue to resonate with me for a long time, and I can’t wait to share it so that it will stick in other readers’ hearts, too.”
— Tildy Banker-Johnson, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA
"I loved, loved, LOVED this book." --Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light "Big-hearted, honest, hilarious, and achingly romantic." --Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at The End
"This is a classic in the making." --Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Warcross
"This book is pure joy." --Deb Caletti, Printz Honor Recipient for A Heart in a Body in the World and National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong? Frank Li has two names. There's Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California. Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl--which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit . . . who is white. As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he's forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don't leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he's found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he's left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love--or himself--at all. In this moving novel, debut author David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable.
About the Author
David Yoon grew up in Orange County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their daughter. He drew the illustrations for Nicola's #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything. Frankly in Love is his first novel. You can visit him at davidyoon.com.