It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura
Synopsis: 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 she’s pretty sure her father’s having an affair. And then there’s the one that she barely even admits 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 her to be honest with her friends and family, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known before. The only problems are: Sana is pretty sure Jamie’s friends hate her, Jamie’s ex isn’t totally out of the picture, Sana’s new friend Caleb has more-than-friendly feelings for her, and things with her dad feel like they’re coming to a head. She always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wanted 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.
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
I hate that feeling where you hoped it would be a four star book, but towards the ending you started ticking off stars because of all the drama and all that. I really hate that, because I was going to rate this book 4 stars but as you can see that never happened. I felt like this became the product of Emily’s terrible parenting skills, Emily is my grandpa “wife”, yes the same one that has throat cancer. I felt like Candace when she grows up, and what the result’s going to be, but hey at least after this summer I don’t have to worry about them.
Sana’s mom was basically Emily right there. She basically dictated her daughter’s life, and told her what to do and what she shouldn’t. The racist comments that she made in the beginning against Mexicans was like, my god I don’t want to see Emily, and dealing with her and her racism towards Caucasians was this. Why is the only thing that comes to mind is this? I need something else to help, but all I can think of is more Candace when she gets older since she has to deal with her mom, but live without her dad, that’s just harsh.
I didn’t like the unnecessary drama that was added to this like seriously. One minute they had a fight, and the next the characters had a public fight. If you didn’t know, having a fight in school is hell. Rumors spread like wildfires and could destroy your life right after that, I was lucky that didn’t happen to me last year when I had a fight with my “friends”. The drama was a little annoying.
I also didn’t approve that Sana was being racist also at the end. I was like “really girl”. You argued over your mom about that, and now you’re judging her. I’m blaming her mom for that now and her, because that was incredibly stupid.
It was a good book, even though it reminded me about my family, and all the annoying stuff happened at the end, it was still a good book.