Book Review of “It’s Not Like It’s A Secret” by Misa Sugiura

Genre: Contemporary, YA Fiction, LGBT

Rating: 2/5 ⭐️


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.

My Thoughts 💭 (Spoilers)

I’m so disappointed by how this book turned out to be. The first half was exciting and I thought I was really going to enjoy this book but by the end of it, I can say that it was really disappointing and most of the characters were really frustrating.

Everyone is human and we all make mistakes. No one is perfect but cheating is terrible and I hate how this book condones it. I’m tired of reading a f/f focused book where cheating is involved? Why can’t I read a book where two girls date/develop feelings for each other without cheating being involved? Sana & Jamie cheating on each other was pointless and by the end of the book, I didn’t really shipped them anymore. I also found Sana’s friends annoying. Like they barely gave her good advice and were way too hypocritical.

Sana’s dad is also a cheater but his situation is worst since he’s a MARRIED MAN. His cheating is excused and Sana even says that his dad could still see the woman. Her mom doesn’t seem to care and by the ending of the book, all four of them (including the dad’s mistress) are sharing a happy meal. Happy family? This just made me dislike the book even more. Like what kind of message is this? I’m really confused.

While I love how diverse this book was and I did love the racial stereotypes storyline (That plot wasn’t developed enough but the cheating was), this book couldn’t score higher than a two because all the cheating really ruined the book. Sorry!




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