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Frankly In Love

My debut novel is Frankly In Love, out September 10, 2019.

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.


“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.



16-ish countries and counting

Frankly In Love will be appearing in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, the United States, Arabic-speaking countries, Indonesia, Serbia, Romania, and Brazil.

map is approximate.

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Frankly In Love will come out September 10, 2019 under Penguin Young Readers, Putnam imprint.

My editor is the incomparable Jen Klonsky.