The Maknae’s Book Review: Frankly in Love

When someone shares a hilarious book trailer on your favorite Kdrama Facebook page, what happens? If you’re this Maknae, you immediately buy the book and read it! Come see what I thought of Frankly in Love by David Yoon.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a trailer for a plot synopsis before! My mind is officially blown.

Anyway, I think I’m going to do a Pros and Cons list and let you decide for yourself if Frankly in Love is the read for you.


1 – David Yoon’s incredibly authentic voice. He gave me a deep insight into what it means to be the son of immigrants, straddling the line between being Korean and being American and yet not being enough of either one.

2 – A male voice in the YA rom-com genre! How often does that happen? I loved seeing things from the other side of the fence, as it were.

3 – Excellent writing. David Yoon really knows how to get inside his character’s heads. The whole story felt very REAL.


1 – Not exactly fluffy. This story has its very serious sides, and ends more . . . realistically.

2 – Enough f-bombs to make a sailor blush. R-rated movies have NOTHING on these characters’ mouths. I nearly quit reading the book because of it.

So there you have it, k-fans. It was a great story, but I definitely had some hesitations. What do you think? Will you be reading it? Let me know!

Until the next turn of the page, I remain —

Karie the Maknae

Dramas with a Side of Kimchi

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