What starts off as an ordinary forbidden love story, Frankly in Love exceeds all stereotypical boundaries and expectations with its enticing male protagonist, while accurately portraying an underrepresented community. David Yoon addresses traditional Korean values, interracial relationships, and romance in this diverse coming-of-age story. Frankly in Love is quite frankly one of the best new-age teen romance novels.
In this powerfully written teen remix of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds explores racism and antiracism in an approachable and conversational light. This novel travels back in time in order to give a better timeline and to explain how racism came about. Reynolds teaches readers about racism, while also presenting them with ways to be antiracist. This book is important and highly compelling in its colloquial manner.