Backlist Blast #7: Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Hello, friends! I’m trying out another new blog meme today called Backlist Blast.

Backlist Blast is a weekly book meme which was created by Milana @ A Couple Reads and Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile, and is meant to encourage book bloggers to feature and talk about backlist books (meaning books that were published 6 months before your post goes live, or earlier). The main purpose of this meme is to talk about those books and get excited about them (and ideally pick them up and read them). Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before!

📚 A book I’ve been meaning to read is… 📚

Released: September 10, 2019


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.

It’s still on my TBR because…

I really enjoy rom-coms with POC characters, and this has one of my favorite tropes, fake dating, too. I’ve only read good things about it so hopefully I’ll get around to it at some point.

Should I still keep this on my TBR or forget about it?

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