This book slayed me. I mean… GUTTED me in the best way possible. Do not let this simple cover fool you – this book has been sent to destroy you. I’m going to do my best to give you a spoiler free review. Enjoy!
Frank Li wanted to find love and not with a girl that his parents pick for him. He had his eyes set on one in particular but she would never have his parents’ approval. So what does a good son like Frank do? He fakes a relationship with a girl his parents do approve of so he can pseudo-date the girl he really wants to date. What could possibly go wrong?
While this seemed like a simple book of “boy who wants to find love”, it is anything but that. The story that lies in between the pages of David Yoon’s debut will leave you in tears. Yoon tackled topics like racial profiling, privilege, culture, and more. He took a hard look at these hard hitting and sensitive topics and presented them with the grace and beauty they deserved. It was nothing short of masterful.
Frank Li, the protagonist in this story, was complex, gritty, real, flawed, and relatable. He was nothing more than an dork with a solid best friend that would help him hide a dead body if necessary who thought he knew what he wanted out of love and life, but life had other plans for him. He had moments where he was serious, others where his wit had me in tears with laughter, and yet more where he couldn’t say something without sticking his foot in his mouth. I wanted nothing more than to be his friend in real life. He was brilliant.
There really is so much I want to say about this book but I cannot because I won’t give anything away. GAH – it is SO DANG GOOD. Please, please get this when it comes out! I need people to gush with! It will leave you a bit spell-bound, wonder struck, and wondering how the hell this could be Yoon’s debut. The author writes like he’s done this a billion times before. This was everything I never knew I needed in a book.