19. Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Frank Li is a first generation Korean-American teenager whose parents run a convenience store while wanting more for their son while still trying to keep him insulated in their Korean culture. They have already stopped speaking to his older sister who married a non-Korean against their will. Now Frank finds himself falling for a white girl and to throw his family off the scent he cooks up a scheme to pretend date a fellow Korean girl he knows from their Korean family gatherings. It’s written with a fun tone but it also addresses a lot of real and difficult issues. I had a lot of fun reading it. I give it an 8 out of 10.