Keep Me Posted!

Sign me up for the latest news from Penguin Teen, including new books, special offers, and promotions.

Everything you need to know about Frankly in Love

SHARE

David Yoon’s debut novel Frankly in Love is hitting shelves in LESS THAN TWO MONTHS! September 10th, 2019 is bringing us the contemporary of the year and we need to talk about it. Also, mark those TBRs asap.

This is the book that left a bunch of us penguins in happy tears and itching to re-read it. We. Are. OBSESSED.

And we are here to tell you the top 9 things you need to know about Frankly in Love.

 

1. The ENTIRE first printing has SPRAYED EDGES!!!

Sprayed-edges

And they’re THE PRETTIEST BLUE. So, if you haven’t pre-ordered, what are you waiting for?!

Pre-order here

 

2. The inside is just as amazing as the outside

Frankly-10-reasons

For those of you who are new here, it goes a little something like this:

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

Basically, prepare yourself for the stunning, diverse cast of characters you are going to fall head-over-heels IN LOVE with in a story about fake dating and real issues.

 

3. The hype is REAL and if you don’t believe us, hop on over to Goodreads

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.30.26 PM

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.33.50 PM

Because the excitement goes on,

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.33.33 PM

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.31.31 PM

 

and on,

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.32.43 PM

 

and on.

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.32.35 PM

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.32.06 PM

 

(Laurie Halse Anderson also agrees)

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 1.31.07 PM

 

4. There’s a B&N Exclusive edition!

frank

This edition will include an exclusive interview with David and Nicola Yoon! That brings us to our next point…

 

5. David and Nicola Yoon are the writing power couple of your dreams


Two astonishingly good writers?? Not even sure how it’s legal for this much talent to be in one couple???

 

6. The book trailer is coming TONIGHT!

FranklyinLove_Trio

It may be our fav book trailer ever. KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED.

 

7. Penguin Teen went to the trailer shoot!

frank22

And Joy from Penguin Teen made sure to share it with you! Here’s the rundown:

It started out normal, as most days do when you’ve sneaked your way onto a film set.

Trailer3

 

There was a lot of fancy film equipment and other things Joy was reminded not to break while creeping around the filmset.

Trailer4

 

Speaking of the filmset, we’re not allowed to show that part yet…but the cast was AWESOME!

frank23

 

And it turns out the cast loves the book too!

Trailer5

 

Of course, then we all met the cast, including Frank and, um…Joy is a fan.

Frank25

 

(And had to be reminded she cannot “call dibs” on neither an actor nor a fictional character.)

Trailer1

Basically, it was an awesome day to create an even more awesome TRAILER!

 

8. Did you hear about the awesome pre-order offer?!

D_DqxT8WsAA_u9N

Make sure to get in on the special early pre-order offer! Until 8/9, if you upload your pre-order receipt, you’ll receive the Frankly in Love with Books enamel pin AND be automatically entered for the chance to win an exclusive Frankly in Love tote! For entry and rules, click here!

 

9. Here’s a sneak peek excerpt from Frankly in Love!

frank24

The minivan is the same as Q’s mom’s, so I know it has sliding doors on both sides. I guide Brit to the minivan’s shadow, quell her sputtering giggles by squashing her cheeks with both hands, and then try the handle with practiced familiarity.

Click, whoosh.

Inside the van are toddler seats and stuffed animals and spilled puffed crackers and so on. I guide her in and can feel every sinew of the small of her back with my open hand. And together, we slowly slide the door shut behind us. The silence is absolute and ringing. I can hear her every breath. I can hear the brush of her fingertips on my shorts.

“It smells kinda good in here,” she says.

And it does, because here we are, crushing toasted Os beneath our knees. Releasing their stale aroma. The space we are in is small and new and secret, and no one else in the world knows about it because no one else in the world is here but us two.

Brit is waiting. Brit is nervous. As nervous as me.

I find our mutual nervousness strangely comforting. It makes something in my heart loosen its grip and let go.

I pull her in and our mouths fit perfectly.

This is really happening to me. I am kissing Brit Means. And, I realize, this is really happening to Brit Means, too. Has she been planning this? How long has she liked me? To think, we’ve been friends all through high school, and this—this kiss—has been waiting in plain sight the whole time.

“Hi,” I say, breathing.

“Hi,” she says.

Her gray eyes are dilated wide to see in the night. We kiss deeper this time, and I don’t care that she can now taste the garlic pita in my mouth because I can now taste it in hers, too. The silence focuses in. Every shift in our bodies crushing another piece of toasted cereal. The fierce breathing through nostrils flared wide. It takes me forever to realize the dome light has come on.

The light is on inside the van.

Someone has clicked a key fob remote. Someone close by, getting closer by the second.

We spring apart and duck.

“Oh shit,” says Brit. Her eyes have tightened.

I’m still gasping for air. “Okay. Uh. I think we should probably go.”

In the far distance, voices.

“I think you’re probably right,” she says, and snorts.

Brit Means snorts!

I pull the door handle and slowly slide it open. We slink out into the street. As quietly as I can, I slide the door shut, but it needs one good shove to latch closed. Usually I can get Q’s mom’s van to shut with barely a sound. But I guess it must be my heart dropping beats or the fact that my arms feel like they’re in zero-g, because the best I can manage is a crisp, clearly audible chunk.

“Ei,” says a voice. “Inch dzhokhk yek anum?”

“Go go go,” I hiss.

“Sorry, can’t understand you,” yells Brit.

We sprint into the darkness, leaving a trail of giggles behind us.

Just bad enough.

But so good.

 

 

Haven’t gotten Frankly in Love yet? Click here to pre-order!

#WhatsTrending

Do’s and Don’ts for encountering a vampire: things YA taught us

Let’s face it: we all have a soft spot for the eternally damned. YA made us love vampires and we aren’t sorry about it. HOWEVER, our favorite books have ALSO taught us that there are certain things to do and not do if you encounter a handsome broody potentially blood-thirsty character. At no. 1…   1. DO … Continued
See More

Books to Read if You Love Unsolved Mysteries

Whether you’re obsessed with Netflix’s recent docuseries Unsolved Mysteries or love to binge Buzzfeed Unsolved here and there, we’ve got the reads to keep your mind spinning around What really happened? for days. Let’s get to it!   They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in … Continued
See More

Read the first 3 chapters of Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson!

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson just hit shelves! In this smart, thrilling sci-fi adventure, perfect for fans of Renegades and Aurora Rising, Andra wakes up from a cryogenic sleep 1,000 years later than she was supposed to, forcing her to team up with an exiled prince to navigate an unfamiliar planet. Scroll down to read the … Continued
See More

The thriller TBR for anyone who loved ONE OF US IS LYING

If the plot twist of One of Us Is Lying knocked your socks right off, we have a few twisty thrillers recommendations for that TBR.   They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman  Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep … Continued
See More

Penguin Teen Cover Reveal Bonanza!

It’s cover reveal time! Today, we are revealing not one, not two, but SIX covers, from debut authors to the return of beloved fantasy characters! We may have even snatched an excerpt for each of these new reads for you to get an early taste of each one. New books will be added here as they are revealed, … Continued
See More

Excerpt Alert: STORMBREAK by Natalie C. Parker

  June may be coming to an end, but we are looking forward to continuing to #ReadPrideAndBeyond all year long with upcoming spectacular 2020 reads. And we’re sharing an excerpt today from one of them! Stormbreak by Natalie C. Parker is the epic conclusion to the Seafire trilogy, applauded by Tor.com for celebrating “sisterhood and queernormativity in the face … Continued
See More

Taylor Swift’s FOLKLORE is here, and so is your ultimate book match!

Taylor Swift dropped her new album Folklore last night and not to be dramatic but we’ve had this cottagecore goodness on repeat ever since. And we have been working fast to get you your ULTIMATE Folklore book match!   Track: The No 1 Book Match: Lovely War “But it would have been fun, if you would … Continued
See More

Start reading They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

One of 2020’s most highly-anticipated reads They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman is right around the corner, but we can’t wait until then to start reading. So today we’re sharing 20 pages of it! Scroll down for a sneak peek at the murder mystery of the summer! Scroll down to read and don’t forget to … Continued
See More

COVER REVEAL: House of Hollow

One of our most HOTLY anticipated reads of 2021 has a cover and your eyes aren’t ready. House of Hollow by Krystal M. Sutherland is a dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night, coming April 6, 2021! Iris … Continued
See More

The Beautiful: The Recap

Diving into The Damned by Renée Ahdieh this week? We’re here to give you a refresher on what happened in book 1, The Beautiful!     The Beautiful starts with Celine fleeing Paris, sailing to New Orleans with Pippa, her best friend, to live at a local convent. via GIPHY   Celine, by the way, is one hell … Continued
See More
BACK TO TOP