It's Not Like It's A Secret

It's Not Like It's A Secret

Book - 2017
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When her family moves to California, Sana falls for the beautiful and smart Jamie Ramirez but struggles with differences between their diverse friend groups, a boy's sweet but unrequited affection, and her father's increasingly obvious affair.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ♭2017.
ISBN: 9780062473417
Characteristics: 394 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: It is not like it is a secret.


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Jul 09, 2020

"It’s Not Like It’s a Secret" by Misa Sugiura follows the story of a Japanese American girl Sana Kiyohara about to enter her junior year of high school. After moving to California, Sana goes through the usual ups and downs of high school, but with the weight of many secrets on her shoulders. She knows her dad is having an affair and she has fallen in love with her best friend, Jamie. Throughout the book, Sana struggles to keep her secrets and learns lessons that teach her that telling the truth is always important. The first half of the book was quite slow, however, it definitely picked up with lots of drama towards the second half which then had me hooked to finish the book. My favorite thing about the book is the diversity of the characters and the fact that it takes place right here in San Jose. Misa Sugiura provides thought-provoking insight on family and friendship through Sana’s story, and think it’s a great read for anyone in high school.

Jun 04, 2020

This book shows many issues such as race, family dynamics, friendships, and LGBTQ+ relationships. The book made me look at my high school. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I was able to relate to this book, too.

jcljessicaj Apr 28, 2020

This book nimbly tackles a variety of complex issues including race, family dynamics, friendships, LGBTQ relationships, and navigating high school. I never felt overwhelmed or intimidated by the story line. It really was well done and gave me a glimpse into a life with many factors I've never personally experienced.

Oct 16, 2018

I thought the author was spot-on in her descriptions of being a high-schooler and Asian growing up in the Bay Area. The story was charming and touching, and I very much enjoyed it.

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Jul 09, 2020

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