Parents' Guide to

Frankly in Love

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heartfelt coming-of-age tale about love, family, identity.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Read yourself and let your kids read it.

Smart kids in AP classes are very smart about how their parents influence them. Frank and his non Korean girlfriend must hide their dating from Franks Korean parents. Many good thoughtful scenarios where smart kids try to do the right things. I thought language was too peppered with profanity in authors effort to be “relatable”. But kids will probably hardly notice. These kids spend lots of time studying and aiming for near perfect SAT scores. Non drinkers too.

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David Yoon's heartfelt coming-of-age novel thoughtfully tackles first love, complex family relationships, identity, and racism, making it a must-read for teens. Yoon pulls from his own experience growing up with immigrant parents and understands what it's like to feel caught between two different cultures. It's clear that Frank doesn't share his parents' racist attitudes, but he feels the pressure to meet all of their expectations after his sister was disowned for dating a non-Korean. And while there are plenty of hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments in Frankly in Love, an emotional plot twist leads to poignant moments between Frank and his family as they learn to love each other despite their flaws. Readers will laugh, cry, and root for Frank as he begins to appreciate his Korean-American identity and see that life is too short to focus on what separates us.

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