You say it first is not your typical romance novel. It follows two teens, Meg and Colby, who could not be more different. Meg has got her whole life in order: she’s got the cute boyfriend, the supportive bestfriend, the good grades and an extremely busy political agenda. Colby, on the other hand, has already graduated highschool and doesn’t really know what he wants in life. Nothing feels the same, himself included, ever since his dad died. So when Colby one night accepts a phonecall from the phonebanking initiative WeCount, asking him if his -dead- dad is already registered to vote, Colby is utterly baffled. Neither Colby nor Meg, the unlucky volunteer at WeCount that night, could have foretold what that phonecall would set in motion.
Our main character Frank Li calls himself a Limbo, his term for all the Korean-American kids who feel trapped between their parents’ traditional expectations and their Southern California environment. This internal conflict can be found in this one rule Frank’s parents have made up: date a Korean. Which proves to be impossible when Frank Li falls for Brit Means, his beautiful and smart and white classmate. Fortunately, Joy Song – a fellow Limbo – struggles with the same, and the two of them come up with the perfect plan to cover their interracial romances.