Title: Frankly In Love
Author: David Yoon
Published: September 12th 2019
Series: Frankly In Love 1/2
Edition: YALC ARC
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Frank Li is a high school senior living in Southern California. Frank’s parents emigrated from Korea, and have pretty much one big rule for Frank – he must only date Korean girls.
But he’s got strong feelings for a girl in his class, Brit – and she’s not Korean. His friend Joy Song is in the same boat and knows her parents will never accept her Chinese American boyfriend, so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom.
Frank thinks fake-dating is the perfect plan, but it leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love – or himself – at all.
My Rating: ★★★
Disclaimer: I got a copy of this at YALC, all opinions are my own.
I’d heard a lot about this just before I headed to YALC in July and I’d heard really good things, so I was really happy that I was able to purchase a book and get an arc free, plus the YALC exclusive was gorgeous and had one of my favourite colours on it (purple for those who don’t know).
So I took this one away with me on holiday at the end of August beginning of September to read as it’s seemed like a quick read for me, and it was, I did manage to finish it in a day as I wasn’t really doing much else anyway. I’ve been torn ever since about giving this a 3 star or 4 stars so I went with an in between and decided 3.5… okay after writing this review it went down to 3 because I ended realising some things and making holes in the story but still 3 stars isn’t bad, it means I liked it, but it’s not my favourite book in the whole and if it’s a series, I’d be interested in continuing.
I did think that this was just going to be a standalone but I just went onto Goodreads and saw that there will be a book two, half dreading this because I’m happy with how Frankly in Love ended to be honest. I did find this to be a ever so typical YA romance book though, like it was kind of obvious about what was going to happen.
This book is about Frank, his parents immigrated from Korea to Southern California, every so often they meet up with other people that they know from Korea and they all have children as well who Frank hangs out with but only during those dinners.
Frank’s parents have a rule for dating and that is they’d only approve of Korean girls.. his parents are very racist, like it really shocked me to be honest! I didn’t think they would be written this way but I wasn’t keen on that aspect. Frank doesn’t want his family to be racist but he doesn’t know how to confront them about it especially when he falls for Brit, she’s not Korean so he can’t introduce her to his parents and he doesn’t know how to explain to Brit that his parents are racist and don’t want him dating non Korean people.
His friend Joy Song, is dating a Chinese American, her parents are exactly like Frank’s and she can’t introduce her boyfriend to her parents either, but one day another dinner happens but its only the Songs & Li’s, Frank doesn’t notice until Joy points out that their parents are setting them up, despite both of them being in relationships, they decide to come up with a plan, to fake date each other to throw their parents off, so when they both schedule dates with their actual partners, they can pretend that they were together.
Honestly, I wasn’t really keen on Brits character at all, I mean, I felt sorry for her at times because I couldn’t understand why Frank couldn’t just say that he couldn’t introduce her to his parents because of they way that they were?! And the same thing goes to Joy with her beau, why couldn’t they just tell them? I’m sure they would’ve been annoyed but might have understood.. Especially as Frank’s sister got disowned by their parents for the same reason.
I don’t know I just think this has a few poor plot points that I just couldn’t give it four or even three and half which I was going to, some things annoyed the heck out of me throughout this book, don’t get me wrong, I think that there were some parts that were done alright in the book and then others just didn’t like but I would be interested in reading the next one but it depends who and what that one’s about to be honest.