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Frankly in Love par David Yoon

Frankly in Love (édition 2020)

par David Yoon (Auteur)

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"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"--
Titre:Frankly in Love
Auteurs:David Yoon (Auteur)
Info:Penguin Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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Mots-clés:romance, family, friendship, high school, racism, Korea, Asian American

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Frankly in Love par David Yoon


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This is my 700 LibraryThing review.

The Amazon ratings for this 412 page book, released in 2019, are spot on, 5 stars with over 600 reviews. Though labeled a Young Adult (YA) romance, "Frankly in Love" (FL) is much more than that. In terms of its plot, prose and assimilation issues addressed it reminded me a good bit of Rainbow Rowell's hit of "Eleanor and Park" cited as a NYT "notable" a few years back. The protagonist here is Frank Li, hence some cute "frankly" jokes. Actually Frank has a second name, his official Korean one, a name rarely used. Frank is a high school senior, a brainiac, and all his friends, mostly also 1st generation Korean, are also brains. Frank and parents live in a beach town in southern call; Mom and Dad run a liquor store and are very Korean. Frank knows enough words to meet and greet and to order in a Korean restaurant but that's it... Frank's focus is to get into Stanford and calculus classmate Brit. But Frank's parents are in sync only with the former goal . Since Brit is not of Korean heritage she is a non-qualifier, as is the husband of Frank's older sister, Hanna, and therefore Hanna and spouse are disowned.

But Frank is in love, and so pursues some rather devious yet amusing plots to spend time with his beloved. Meanwhile Mom and Dad have found a beautiful and smart Korean girl who is just perfect for Frank. And Joy is the daughter of long time friends and fellow immigrants of years ago. Joy, of course has her own romantic issues.

Despite the brief overview above, this is not some frothy 190 page sit-com. Author Yoon pulls few punches in his deep seated characters' biases about Korean and American cultures. The plot and characters are very well developed and the prose is excellent. I have observed much Asian-American cultural interfacing over the years and there isn't one false note in FL. It is very enjoyable and for some it will be eye-opening. ( )
  maneekuhi | Sep 19, 2021 |
CW: Gun violence, Cancer, Racism (challenged)

I first noticed this book because there was so much hype during the release week, but I somehow didn’t really feel interested in it. But then my friends started saying wonderful things about it, and I received the audiobook, so I just thought why not give it a try. And I’m not exactly sure what I’m feeling after finishing it but maybe I will by the end of this review.

The first thing you’ll notice about this book is it’s writing style. It’s very unique, almost like the main character is having a conversation with the reader. There are a lot of broken sentences, hyphenated sentences, very current teenage lingo and a lot of gaming references. All these things would be perfect for the right audience, but I unfortunately I am not one of them. I found it a little difficult to follow in the beginning, but once I decided to not overthink everything and go with the flow, it became a much easier read. In parts it felt like the author was trying too hard to sound like a teenager, but there were parts where it felt really authentic. Its a slice of life kinda story, exploring the life of our main character in his senior year, but the pacing was always fast and I never got bored. The author also manages to bring lots of laughs, makes us think and ultimately also made me cry. The narration by Raymond J. Lee is awesome, him bringing a lot of authenticity and uniqueness to the various characters. My only quip is that his voice sounded a little old for a teenager.

I’m an Asian immigrant too but I’ve only lived here for a little less than a decade, so my experiences are vastly different from either the parents in this book or the kids. But it’s just all so relatable in a way that I can’t explain. The author does a great job exploring the lives of immigrants like Frank’s parents - who come to America to make something good of their lives but never want to lose that connection to their homeland, and they keep at it by socializing only with their fellow countrymen, hoping that their kids date others of the same race and essentially live in their own bubble, which ignores the rest of America. And I can’t deny that most of us Asians do this, including me and everyone else I know.

The author also doesn’t shy away from discussing the deep rooted prejudices and racism in the Asian community, particularly regarding the African-American community or the Hispanic community - and how this is a bone of contention between the older generations and their much younger Americanized kids who also happen to be more educated and progressive. And this feeling of not belong to either their parents’ homeland or America, and how much this looking for belonging and identity can affect the lives of these first generation immigrant kids was depicted very thoughtfully by the author. We also see stark differences between the kind of relationships that kids and parents have with each other across communities, and this was another aspect of the writing that I felt was done very realistically.

And along with all the important themes of identity, racism and privilege, the author also gives us an authentic look at how crucial the senior year is to the kids. The unending expectations of excellence from the parents regarding SATs and college applications, the fear of disappointing them, the joy of going to a dream college and the utter sadness of losing all our close friendships - it was written so beautifully that it made me very nostalgic and emotional. It’s really been a while since I’ve read such an authentic and relatable high school experience that it really impressed me.

I absolutely loved all the kids characters in this book. Frank is a smart, hardworking, responsible and respectful young man and I just wanted all the happiness for him in the world. I felt every single emotion that he felt, particularly towards the second half of the book. He really feels everything with all his heart and it made me very sad whenever something not so nice happened. Brit is a very woke and progressive young lady, and I admired her being so thoughtful and sweet. Joy is a real spitfire, extremely smart and ambitious, but like a normal teenager doesn’t want to disturb the status quo a lot. Q is Frank’s best friend and gaming nerd and adored their friendship so much. They were just there for each other without any expectations and it reminded so much of my best friend whom I haven’t seen in years. Their last scene together made me sob (and I’m also crying right now while typing this) and I just wish we could have gotten more of their scenes together. There are other high school kids as well with whom we only get a few scenes, but they were all written with a lot of care and it shows in the writing.

Finally, I just want to say that this book has taken me completely by surprise. It’s beautiful and poignant and very resonant in a way I haven’t felt in a while. If you love YA contemporaries where everything is not always hunky dory but it hits you right in the feels, then this is the book for you. If you are an Asian immigrant or a first generation American, you will definitely find something very relatable in these pages and I highly recommend this book to you. I just realized there is going to be another book in the series and I really really hope we will be following the same set of characters because I don’t feel done with them yet. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
diverse teen fiction (Korean-American 12th-grader with immigrant parents falls in love, deals with racist family, goes off to college with the support of black best friend Q and disowned older sister who is living in Boston with her black husband)
*reviewed from uncorrected ARC*
This was so REAL and every page brimmed over with David Yoon's (husband to Nicola Yoon) heartfelt feelings. A lot of the characters and story seem to have been drawn from personal experience and I feel honored to have been able to read it and know a small part of this talented writer. Thank you. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
  joyblue | May 10, 2021 |
I didn't know what to expect with Frankly in Love by David Yoon. I finally listened to it after having it for a long time!

Frank lives in two worlds with two names. His family is Korean, so he has a Korean name and an American name because he was raised in the United States. He doesn't understand his parents' devotion to all things Korean. They regularly meet with other Korean families. The kids all get along although they don't socialize together at school. This novel is about Frank's senior year where pretty much everything can happen. He's bombarded with emotional challenges throughout the year and into his freshman year.

Frank crushes on Brit Means, and he's excited to learn, she's crushing on him. They begin dating, but Frank knows that his parents won't approve because she's not Korean. She's white. He doesn't want to tell her, so there are awkward moments avoiding his family while she openly dates him in front of her family. His sister has already been admonished and sort of kicked out of the family for dating and ultimately marrying a black man. Frank knows he can't bring Brit home. One of the other limbos (Korean kids at the Korean gatherings) also dates a non-Korean secretly. They devise a plan that they will fake date. The Korean parents will think Frank and Joy are dating when in reality, they split and go out with their respective boy/girl friend.

Of course, life can't be this easy to manipulate. As the year progresses, Frank learns about love and about family. Yoon throws in lots of learning lessons for Frank beyond merely dating and dealing with leaving friends and family behind for college. Not wanting to spoil the many twists and turns of the novel, I will stop there. Perhaps being female and not being Korean influences my feelings about the novel. I felt that Frank was a bit emotionally distant. He doesn't seem that affected by what happens to his family. Another quirk about Frank is his attitude. It's a good attitude although a bit unrealistic. He'll say that he chooses to interpret (whatever situation) in a positive light instead of being offended. Great way to be, but I wonder how realistic this attitude is in a teenager. Overall, I liked the book for the most part. To an extent, I thought, it was too much. Life can feel that way, however, so I can let that go. ( )
  acargile | May 7, 2021 |
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