It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura was released in May, and I’ve been super excited to read it. It’s another in a long list of great romances that have come out lately!
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.
Ever since I’ve heard about this LGBT+ read, I’ve been intrigued. I saw a lot of hype for this book and I was not disappointed.
The story is great. It gives a great viewpoint into Sana’s life and some unique views on race. Race and culture definitely played a major role in this book, which I really liked- it (obviously) addressed Sana and Jamie’s sexualities and how it played roles in the story, but race and Sana’s Japanese culture also are HUGE.
The characters are also phenomenal. Everyone has their own flaws, and none of the relationships presented in the story are perfect (a very realistic glance into the world of high school romance). And characters have their moments too- it was very interesting to see that even Sana held racial prejudices, but it was properly addressed and fixed in the story.
I think the only thing I didn’t enjoy in the book were some of Sana’s choices. I know nobody’s perfect, but Sana’s mistakes got to the point where they were insanely frustrating, and it was hard to relate to her instead of just wanting to put the book down and fume for a bit.
That being said, this book really was great. You could feel Sana’s excitement as her relationship with Jamie develops and it’s impossible not to root the two on as they face different obstacles. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in LGBT+ and romances.
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret is getting 4 stars from me! Other than some times where Sana’s behavior and actions got to be a little too much, this book was stunning and had a beautiful romance.
To those who have read It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, what was your favorite part of the book?
And to those who haven’t, are you planning to? What are you most looking forward to?