Episode 70: Frankly in Love (New Reads November)

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Frankly in Love

New Reads November is back! The first title we’re discussing in this very special, very fun series is David Yoon’s YA debut Frankly in Love, which quickly became a bestseller when it was published in September 2019. In it, we meet high school senior Frank Li, who is experiencing the “normal” growing pains of your average American teen along with the unique challenges of being the child of Korean immigrants who moved to the U.S. to give him a better life. The book touches on everything from fake dating schemes and first love to challenging conversations about identity and the loss of a parent. Join Alli and guest Cara Meiselman for this discussion of identity, cultural education, and so much more.

Cara Meiselman is an obsessive reader and the co-programming lead for self-care community and newsletter Girls’ Night In. She helps run GNI Reads, the Girls’ Night In monthly book club with meet-ups in more than ten cities across the U.S. and Canada. Follow her on Instagram (@Caraizzle).


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"With Frankly in Love, David Yoon is poised to be YA’s next superstar” (Entertainment Weekly, 2019)

“Navigating Culture And Crushes In Frankly In Love” (NPR, 2019)

Frankly in Love” (Kirkus, 2019)

Frankly in Love” (Publishers Weekly, 2019)

Frankly in Love by David Yoon” (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, 2019)

“The Korean-American Kids in These Books Bust Stereotypes” (The New York Times, 2019)

“Review: Frankly in Love by David Yoon” (The Nerd Daily, 2019)

Frankly in Love Shows Why 2nd-Generation Asian Americans Need Each Other” (Medium, 2019)

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