Tuesday, 9 May 2017

It's Not Like It's a Secret by Misa Sugiura

I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
It's Not Like It's a Secret
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 that 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 anymore.

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.

It's Not Like It's a Secret by Misa Sugiura

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

It's Not Like It's a Secret “Endure. Bear it without complaining Her life’s motto and my life’s bane.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story about a gay Japanese-American girl.

I liked Sana in this although she did show poor judgement at times. I did like how loyal she was to her mother though.

The storyline in this was about Sana moving with her family to California as her father had a new job. She then fell for a girl called Jamie, and spent a lot of time not knowing whether Jamie liked her back or not, and also worrying over whether her father was having an affair after seeing some incriminating text messages on his phone. The romance between Sana and Jamie was quite cute, but I felt really sorry for Caleb, who clearly had feelings for Sana himself. I also disliked the cheating in this book, as Sana really did show poor judgement in that respect.

The ending to this was okay, although I wasn’t 100% happy with the way things ended with regards to Sana’s father’s affair.

6.5 out of 10

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