Book review

Frankly in love audiobook review – No Spoilers

ISBN : 9780593105597, 0593105591

Genre : Young Adult Fiction / Asian American / Family/ Romance / Contemporary

Publication date : September 10

Summary :
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.


I was really looking forward to reading Frankly in love after it’s hype , fake dating and accurate Asian depiction. Suffice to say , I wasn’t disappointed.

Frankly in love travels along with Frank’s PoV

Frankly in love was a cute contemporary which also dealt with many serious issues.

Frank is Korean , his friend is black while Britt (the girl he’s dating) is white. So Frankly in love tackles a lot of issues with racism , society and opportunities without going too serious or losing the tone.

Frank’s family is from Korea and he’s the first gen Korean – American in his family. The pressure to study with Excellency and dating a Korean girl made it perfectly Asian.

The audiobook is narrated by Raymond J Lee who gives this a great spin with authenticity but I had issues with his voice being so mature and Frank’s supposed to be just in school.

-The plot
Frank fake dates Joy song who has a Chinese boyfriend to escape Parent’s scrutiny in both sides. Which is fine , until it takes a stupid twist?

Besides love life , Frank seems to be a goffy cinnamon roll with love for gaming. He loves his life , studies hard and helps out at his Parent’s store. He’s a good kid.

Britt , Oh god. If you have followed my progress earlier I said , “Screw Frank , I’ll have Britt as my GF”. Because Britt is amazing and considerate. I love her.

Joy song , the fake date of Frank is the best ♥️♥️♥️ I fell in love with her and instantly connected to her. Her respect for her parents and love for her boyfriend which caused a lot of conflict .. she was a bae.

Even the tiny characters like Frank’s parent’s kids , their classmates.. David Yoon has done a great job creating and sculpting these characters.


I hated the fact all good books come to an end. I loved the ending besides everything happens in the book.

Frankly in love is recommended for you , if you love contemporary or in search for a quality diverse contemporary.

Disclaimer :

I thank Libro fm and Penguin Random House for providing me with the Advance Listening copy for reviewing purpose. This has not affected my opinions.

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7 thoughts on “Frankly in love audiobook review – No Spoilers”

  1. I have been seeing this book all over instragram, but this is the first thorough review I have seen. Makes me want to read it for sure!

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