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Frankly In Love

My debut novel is Frankly In Love. It’s a New York Times bestseller.

It's about a boy who falls in love for fake in order to fall in love for real.

The boy is Korean-American, like me.

“Admirably, Yoon explores themes of racism, forgiveness and acceptance without getting earnest or preachy or letting anyone off the hook. And there’s a universality to the story that cuts across cultures.”

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“Funny, profane, and poignant.”

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“Yoon’s fresh and nuanced approach to Frank’s struggle to navigate cultural tensions amplifies both the vulnerabilities and strengths that can come with being a child of immigrants.”

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“Yoon’s unpacking of the complexity of the racial dynamics at play is impressive—and notably, the novel succeeds equally well as pure romance.”

“Even readers who aren’t fans of romance will be drawn into this beautifully written exploration of family, identity, and self-discovery.”

“Yoon never settles for stereotypes, instead giving his well-defined characters a diversity of experience, identity, sexuality, and ambition.”

“I nearly wept from the feeling of having been seen for the first time in YA literature.”

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"Frankly in Love was one of the hottest manuscripts of 2018, and inspired an intense bidding war between 10 publishing houses."


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Paramount Players optioned my book for development into a feature film a year before its publication date.



18-ish countries and counting

In addition to the USA and Canada, Frankly In Love will be appearing in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Arabic-speaking countries, Indonesia, Serbia, Romania, Brazil, Vietnam, and Portugal.

map is approximate.

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Frankly In Love was first published on September 10, 2019 under Penguin Young Readers, Putnam imprint.

My editor is the incomparable Jen Klonsky.