It's Not Like It's A Secret by Misa SugiuraIt's Not Like It's A Secret by Misa Sugiura

It's Not Like It's A Secret

byMisa Sugiura

Hardcover | May 9, 2017

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"Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This charming and bittersweet coming-of-age story featuring two girls of color falling in love is part To All the Boys I've Loved Before and part Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend.

When Sana and her family move to California, she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana's new friends don't trust Jamie's crowd; Jamie's friends clearly don't want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her. Meanwhile, her dad’s affair is becoming too obvious to ignore.

Sana always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but as she quickly learns, telling the truth is easy…what comes after it, though, is a whole lot more complicated.

Title:It's Not Like It's A SecretFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062473417

ISBN - 13:9780062473417

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read 3.5* Great for readers of Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe. In this lighthearted yet thought provoking read, Sana Kiyohara, a 16-year-old Japanese American girl from Wisconsin grew up as the only Asian girl in her school, which made it hard for her to be any but that label. Not only does that label make it difficult for her, but her strict parents add to that identity. Then her life takes a sharp turn as her family relocated to California, where the majority of people are minorities. At this new school, she finally gets a chance at making friends who understand where she is coming from. While this sense of fitting in comforts Sana as she continues to discover herself, she finds out that she has another secret, one that she isn’t sure she should tell everyone. And it has to do with a certain “Fascinating Store Girl” (who is Latina). This book is jam packed with deep discussions on such topics as stereotypes, racism, and sexuality. Remeber not to fall into the trap of the “Single Story” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk discusses this). ***** Spoilers: While I enjoyed the LGBTQ+ part of this novel very much, and the characters (especially the discussions), I did not like the justification of cheating. The relationship between Sana and her mum was really interesting to read about because it is very different from the relationship with my own mum. The arc of Sana’s dad’s affair seems super messy and didn’t quite fit into the story, only at one part did it actually matter. Also, I felt like there was a lack of Sana and Jamie being girlfriends, it seemed like there were too many time jumps, give me more girls loving girls please…
Date published: 2017-08-16

Editorial Reviews

“It’s a queer coming-of-age story that also tackles big topics like adultery, racism, and the cultural conflicts of immigrant families.”