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 Frankly in love
 Author: Yoon, David

 Publisher:  Penguin Books (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 406 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 973605 ISBN: 9781984812209
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Subjects:
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction
 Korean Americans -- Fiction
 Racism -- Fiction
 High schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Family life -- California -- Fiction
 California -- Fiction

Price: $16.68

Summary:
High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love--or himself--at all.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 505193

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/19)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/08/19)
   Booklist (+) (07/01/19)
 The Hornbook (00/01/20)

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Booklist - 07/01/2019 *Starred Review* Frank Li has always known his parents expected him to date a fellow Korean American. It was an unspoken rule he tried not to think about until he finds himself kissing, texting, and overall obsessing over Brit—who’s white. To save himself from his parent’s disappointment (or outright condemnation) Frank hatches a plan to create a faux relationship with longtime family friend Joy, who has also fallen for a non-Korean. It seems like the perfect plan, at least, for a little while. With Frankly in Love, Yoon has created a story within the well-trod rom-com trope of fake relationships becoming more than a facade that is completely fresh. Frank is a wonderfully self-aware protagonist with a compelling voice that sometimes seems much older than 18 but never in a way that rings false. To say this debut novel is more than a romance would be to malign the genre it is a credit to, but even readers who aren’t fans of romance will be drawn into this beautifully written exploration of family, identity, and self-discovery. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2019 Gr 9 Up–Identity, family, secrets, sacrifice, first love, and transitions all come together in Yoon's sparkling debut. Frank Li is one of the "Limbos," a group of second-generation Korean-American children who are forced to hang out once a month when their parents organize dinners that are part support group, part competition. The Limbos are caught between two worlds, a sense Frank keenly feels as he begins dating his first girlfriend, who is white. After his sister is disowned for marrying a Black man, Frank decides to enter a fake relationship with Joy, another Limbo, so that they can both date the people they want without parental involvement. Frank's romantic relationships change along with his relationship with his family, as he grapples with hard family news. This is an outstanding novel where the emotions are deeply felt but honestly earned. The characters are complex and nuanced, and all are on their own authentic journeys. The highlight of the book is Frank's voice—he is a sharp observer who is funny, insecure, and deeply conflicted. Yoon's writing is filled with highly specific descriptions that make Frank's world feel fully realized, from the fruit-named phone chargers sold at his parents' store, to his group of unique and nerdy friends, dubbed the "Apeys" for their Advanced Placement course load. This will be a hit with teens who like introspective realistic fiction, romance, and humor. VERDICT Full of keen observations about love, family, and race with a winning narrator, this is a must-purchase (multiple copies!) for any teen-serving library.—Susannah Goldstein, The Brearley School, New York City - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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