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It’s Not Like It’s a Secret

Title

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret

Authors

Misa Sugiura

Publisher

HarperTeen

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780062473417

Pages

394 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When her family moves to California, 16 year old Sana Kiyohara 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.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; lesbian; lesbian teenager; same-sex relationship

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese American

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

lesbian females

Awards

Kirkus Best Teen Books, 2017 Best Teen Romances; Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2017; Rainbow List, 2018 Young Adult Fiction; YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018 Young Adult Fiction; Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, 2017, Winner, Young Adult

Keywords

moving; California; cheating; friendships; relationships; high school; secrets; racism; teenage romance

Diversity Impact

direct

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret

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