Title/Judul: Frankly in Love
Author/Penulis: David Yoon
Publisher/Penerbit: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pub Date/Tanggal Terbit: 10th September 2019
Review copy from @prhinternational
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 debut novel—featuring striking blue stained edges and beautiful original endpaper art by the author—David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable.
Pada tahun terakhirnya di SMA, Frank Li, seorang Limbo—istilah yang dia pakai untuk menyebut anak-anak Korea-Amerika—terjebak di antara ekspektasi orangtua yang tradisional dan kehidupan modern California Selatan. Orangtuanya punya satu aturan dalam pacaran—“Hanya boleh dengan orang Korea”—yang menjadi rumit ketika Frank menaksir Brit Means, yang cerdas, cantik—dan berkulit putih.
Sebagai sesama Limbo, Joy Song juga terjebak dalam masalah yang sama dan mereka membuat perjanjian: mereka akan pura-pura pacaran supaya bisa mendapat sedikit kebebasan. Frank merasa rencananya sempurna, tapi pada akhirnya, taktik pura-pura pacaran ini membuat Frank bertanya-tanya apakah dia benar-benar mengerti apa itu cinta—atau siapa dirinya