Frankly in Love

Frankly in Love #1

David Yoon

fiction contemporary romance young adult
emotional funny reflective medium-paced

432 pages | first published 2019

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

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emotional 77%
funny 71%
reflective 45%
lighthearted 37%
hopeful 30%
sad 25%
inspiring 16%
informative 13%
challenging 10%
tense 6%
relaxing 4%
adventurous 1%
dark 1%


medium 68%
fast 25%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 64% | A mix: 35%

Strong character development?

Yes: 74% | No: 13% | It's complicated: 11%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 65% | No: 20% | It's complicated: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 8%

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