The Resource Frankly in love, David Yoon

Frankly in love, David Yoon

Label
Frankly in love
Title
Frankly in love
Statement of responsibility
David Yoon
Title variation
Frank in love
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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"--
Tone
Character
Award
School Library Journal Best Books, 2019.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ 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 --Susannah Goldstein (Reviewed 08/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 7, p82)
  • /* Starred Review */ Caught in a brawl between romance and family expectations, Frank Li isn’t sure which one will knock him out first. His Korean immigrant parents have already disowned his sister for dating a non-Korean, so when Frank falls for a white classmate, he settles on a con. His partner in crime is fellow Korean-American Joy Song, and together they begin a for-their-parents’-eyes relationship that allows them to spend time with their real crushes—but might not be so fake after all. Yoon’s debut examines issues of identity through a significant but often-overlooked subset of the Korean diaspora in California: working-class immigrants and their first-generation children. Frank’s parents’ racism is overtly presented alongside classism, microaggressions, and prejudice that subtly touch all characters. Yoon never settles for stereotypes, instead giving his well-defined characters a diversity of experience, identity, sexuality, and ambition. Told in youthful-sounding prose, Frank’s journey reaches beyond Korean-American identity and touches on the common experiences of many children of immigrants, including negotiating language barriers, tradition, and other aspects of what it means to be a “hyphenated” American. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/24/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 25, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A senior contends with first love and heartache in this spectacular debut. Sensitive, smart Frank Li is under a lot of pressure. His Korean immigrant parents have toiled ceaselessly, running a convenience store in a mostly black and Latinx Southern California neighborhood, for their children's futures. Frank's older sister fulfilled their parents' dreams—making it to Harvard—but when she married a black man, she was disowned. So when Frank falls in love with a white classmate, he concocts a scheme with Joy, the daughter of Korean American family friends, who is secretly seeing a Chinese American boy: Frank and Joy pretend to fall for each other while secretly sneaking around with their real dates. Through rich and complex characterization that rings completely true, the story highlights divisions within the Korean immigrant community and between communities of color in the U.S., cultural rifts separating immigrant parents and American-born teens, and the impact on high school peers of society's entrenched biases. Yoon's light hand with dialogue and deft use of illustrative anecdotes produce a story that illuminates weighty issues by putting a compassionate human face on struggles both universal and particular to certain identities. Frank's best friend is black and his white girlfriend's parents are vocal liberals; Yoon's unpacking of the complexity of the racial dynamics at play is impressive—and notably, the novel succeeds equally well as pure romance. A deeply moving account of love in its many forms. (Fiction. 14-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2019)
Assigning source
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10804894
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yoon, David
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.Y637
LC item number
Fr 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • High school seniors
  • Korean American teenagers
  • Friendship in adolescence
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Korean Americans
  • Racism
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Korean American families
  • California
  • High school seniors
  • Friendship
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Korean Americans
  • Racism
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Family life
  • California
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Frankly in love, David Yoon
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A novel"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018046718
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9781984812209
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2018046718
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1060180054
Label
Frankly in love, David Yoon
Publication
Note
"A novel"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018046718
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9781984812209
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2018046718
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1060180054

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