It's Not Like It's A Secret

It's Not Like It's A Secret

eBook - 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]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062473431
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource (394 pages)
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Alternative Title: It is not like it is a secret


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A story about being Asian, being in high school, and living in the Bay Area. 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 the... Read More »

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SFPL_Teen May 18, 2018

When Sana and her family move to California, she ponders telling some big truths. She figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but it turns out that telling the truth was the easy part.

A hard part of getting older is understanding the flaws of your parents. It's maybe harder to figure out how much you still don't understand about the world, too.

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 ... Read More »

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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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