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Frankly in Love

Narrated by: Raymond J. Lee
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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"I loved, loved, LOVED this book." (Jodi Picoult, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light)

"Big-hearted, honest, hilarious, and achingly romantic." (Adam Silvera, New York Times best-selling author of They Both Die at The End

"This is a classic in the making." (Marie Lu, number one New York Times best-selling author of Warcross)

"This book is pure joy." (Deb Caletti, Printz Honor Recipient for A Heart in a Body in the World and National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart)

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

Frank Li has two names. There's Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl - which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit...who is white.

As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he's forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don't leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he's found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he's left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love - or himself - at all.

In this moving novel, debut author David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable. 

©2019 David Yoon (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Title

"Spectacular debut...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.... A deeply moving account of love in its many forms." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"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." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

[A] sparkling debut.... 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.... Full of keen observations about love, family, and race with a winning narrator.” (School Library Journal, starred review)

Editorial Review

What's for breakfast in the Yoon household?

Fun fact: both of Nicola Yoon’s wonderful YA novels have been my Editors Select picks in years past, so when I saw her husband David’s debut novel on the horizon, I decided to make it a Yoon family tradition and quickly claimed Frankly in Love. There are some strong similarities between the two authors—they both explore YA love stories with #ownvoices characters, and they both will make you feel all the feels. But David proves that his talent is his own, and Raymond J. Lee’s performance enhances Yoon’s effortless ability for dialogue and humor, all the while letting the listener fall in love with Frank on his heartfelt journey to first-time love. —Katie O., Audible Editor

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