Love Is Never Easy

Today I have a book that proves that love is never easy when you are a teenager.  Tack on the cultural issues of a Korean family and you have the makings of a dating scheme that has Frank Li wondering just who he is and what he wants.  I loved this story that wrestles with parental expectations and managing the suppositions of your heritage along with a good old fashioned romance.

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Title: Frankly in Lovelove is never easy frankly in love

Author: David Soon

Target: Grade 8 and up

Series: No

What this book is about:

Frank Li was born in the U.S. but his parents are from Korea.  Despite that, his family expects him to date a nice Korean girl.  So what happens when the first girl he falls for is white?  Well, plot twist of course!  One of his female Korean-American friends is dating someone who is Chinese (also a no no) so they concoct a plan to pretend they are dating each other and coordinate their meetings so they can see the people they actually like.  The problem isn’t that the plan doesn’t work perfectly, because it does!  The real issue is the fact that Frank feels caught between two worlds.  Is he Frank Li or just Frank?

Why I love this book:

  • No matter what your ethnicity, this book is a fun romance and a glimpse into a budding relationship.  However, if you are of Asian descent, you may very well relate to many of the issues. I expect a lot of my Korean and Japanese friends to find aspects of this story eerily familiar.
  • I never really had to deal with being torn between two cultures.  How do you pave your own way when your family expects you to uphold certain customs from a country that was never your home?  Nuanced job of looking at race as well as complex family relationships.
  • It was nice to have a teen romance where the main character is male.  Let’s hear it for a different perspective in this genre.

Who this book is for:

Great for teens who like realistic fiction.  There is some indiscriminate swearing, much like you would hear from typical teenagers when parents aren’t around, as well as a sexual encounter which is alluded to but not detailed.

Final thoughts:

Like to see Asians represented in books, especially a book that is really a delightful read for folks of any ethnicity.

To purchase this book:

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