Review: Frankly in Love

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Rating: ★★★★½

I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative.

This book was so good! It’s a romance but it goes so much deeper than just that. At the core, it’s a story about first love, racism, identity, and family. 

I absolutely loved that this book did not shy away from talking about racism, especially the racism of Koreans towards African Americans and other Asian communities. I haven’t really seen that in a book before. 

I liked that this book explored the struggles of being Korean-American and having immigrant parents. Frank is often conflicted over his identity. At one point he states, “I call myself Korean-American, always leading first with Korean or Asian, then the silent hyphen, then ending with American. Never just American” (pg. 133). 

I also loved the end of the book. It was a bit sad but still realistic. 

My one critique is that the romances seemed a bit instalove-y, especially Frank’s romance with Brit. Frank fell in love with Brit so fast. It kind of came out of nowhere. 

Lastly, as a Filipino American I’m always looking for representation and this book has a tiny bit of Filipino rep. One of Frank’s friends, Paul, is Filipino. His character doesn’t do much, but the book does incorporate Isang Bagsak. Isang Bagsak is a Filipino unity clap, whcich I never even heard of prior to reading this book. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this #OwnVoices exploration of love and identity. 


10 thoughts on “Review: Frankly in Love

  1. dinipandareads says:

    Lovely review! I’ve heard some pretty amazing things about this book so I’m very excited to read it. I may not have grown up in America, but I did grow up in several countries so I know the struggle with identity. This sounds super relatable and also sweet. 😍


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