My first arc-read-before-the-book-is-published! I’m so excited! Thank you so much Penguin NZ for gifting me this & for being happy for me to share my opinion of the book.
I used to say about my parents, “I just can’t talk to Mum & Dad!” But American born Frank really couldn’t talk to his parents – their English was bad and his Korean was worse. A lifetime of misunderstanding come to a head in Frank’s final semester at high school. Frank is clear on two things – he doesn’t want to live by his parents racist beliefs. But he also doesn’t want to hurt them. These two goals look to be on a collision course.
I absolutely loved this book and it was a 5★ read for around the first 90%.Yoon’s words just flowed on the page and I found it very hard to put the book down.
I’m Canadian born. We moved to New Zealand when I was seven and I did spend the first half of my life feeling I didn’t really belong in either country, so I identified with some of Frank’s confusion.I just feel the last part of the book tried to pack too many events in, and while this may work in the future film, it is just too much on the page.
Still highly recommended!