FRANKLY IN LOVE
Characters & their development: 4
Personal enjoyment: 3.5
-the character development
-the easy flow of the story
-the john green esque writing style
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.
My thoughts on this book are a little mixed. I requested this and was accepted, but in reality after requesting it I was a little unsure if I should have. It didn’t quite seem like the book for me, but I had requested it of course so I had to go through with it and review it! And I’m glad I did!
This is a story that follows Frank Li, a Korean-American with parents who moved to America and hes stuck as a limbo, which is what he calls his fellow Korean-American kids. We see him as he goes through his first romance and the trials that come with it when his girlfriend isn’t Korean.
Personally, my favourite part of this book, was the last maybe, 50 pages. Because at that point, we came to focus on Frank’s family, emotions and who he wanted to be. I really enjoyed that part because it showed such a large growth from where Frank was at the start of the novel.
However, I definitely didn’t get into the novel at the start. I got 80 pages in and put it down for nearly a whole month. I couldn’t motivate myself to pick it up at all. Until I listened to the audiobook. I have to admit, the audiobook made things about 10,000 times better. The narrator was great, and the story went by so much faster as I journaled and drew my evenings away.
I do think I would have eventually gotten to the physical read and would have enjoyed it the same, but I definitely recommend the audiobook over the physical though!