Frankly In Love addresses racism


Laura Bird and Riley Smith

Frankly in Love is a book written by David Yoon., with a little over 400 pages.The book was just put into the Lewis Palmer High School Library, and the book itself was published September 10, 2019. The book is very humorous and is filled full of intellectual puns and inside jokes. There are lots of references to teenager culture and things such as Snapstory, which is the book’s version of Snapchat. 

Frankly In Love is a great coming of age story full of laughter, heart-break, and friendship. It tells the story of a high school boy named, Frank Li dealing with all of the challenges life has to throw at him. Frank’s parents and their friends moved from Korea to America so they could all build a better life for their kids. However, they also brought racist opinions with them. He struggles with his parents’ bias as he falls for the classic American girl. He Turns to his friends, nicknamed the “Limbos,” that understand where he is coming from. Together they all come up with a way to hide his new girlfriend from his parents. One friend who especially helps him accomplish this is Joy Song. They pretend to be dating to hide from their parents. Through this scheme they become a little closer than they ever thought they could be. 

Along with many other aspects of this book that I enjoyed, there were many witty jokes. It was a nice change from the usual, vulgar, and immature jokes made on television and in other books. Whether it be a quick remark from his best friend, Q, one of the jokes on his girlfriends jokes, or just the interactions between him and his friends, I was laughing the whole time.

I enjoyed the book because it was very humorous and very entertaining. It was fun to read about all the references to things that we have in our lives as well and we can relate to. The characters in the book are AP students or “Apeys”. They also reference the SAT. This is a good book for high schoolers and especially Seniors, as they will be able to relate to worrying about getting accepted into college and being sad when their friends are leaving to go to a different college than they are. 

Another aspect of this book I really enjoyed was how it wasn’t the typical “underdog story.” It was truly just a normal teenage boy, dealing with problems that a lot of typical kids have to deal with. He has relationship issues, problems with his parents, problems with getting accepted into colleges, and the whole nine yards. It was truly just an average, American teenager.

The book also references racial issues. This book dives into the constantly overlooked issue that not only white people can be racist. Most of the Koreans, Frank’s parents especially, are all very racist against pretty much any race that is not Koean.The parents in the book are very against their son, Frank, dating anyone who isn’t Korean. He struggles to understand why he can’t date anyone who isn’t Korean, which isn’t very much of the American Population. 

This brings up the issue of judgement which is a popular topic for debate these days. Frank struggles with his parents’ bias. It was really great to finally read someone addressing that issue. “You have to hate your parents to leave them,” is a quote by Frank in the book that addresses the struggles of loving your parents, but still having to let them go. 

There is also a tad bit of the LGBTQ+ community in the book as well. This was one of the most relatable books I have ever read, as it is one of the very few books that a large amount of people can relate to. Whether you’re an AP student, having troubles with your partner, LGBTQ+, annoyed and embarrassed by your parents, and anything in between, this book has at least one aspect that you will be able to relate to. This book is a perfect combination of love, loss and everything else that we all experience in life. The characters themselves are written to resemble normal teenagers. They are all kids who have family issues as well as school issues outside the classroom.