See KidlitWomen for daily links to posts by the children’s lit community, in celebration of Women’s History Month and focusing on improving the climate for social and gender equality. I plan to share my favorite books focused on girl characters and/or written by women through this month.
Today’s book is the YA novel It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura. I was so pleased to read a teen novel with an authentic Japanese American main character in a contemporary setting – and in San Jose, no less, near where I lived for awhile.
Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has many secrets from feeling like she never fits in with her friends in Wisconsin to her suspicion that her father may be having an affair. When they move to San Jose, CA for her father’s new job, Sana is at first resistant, but when she meets a very cute girl who ends up going to her new high school, Sana is intrigued. Better yet, she immediately falls in with a group of Asian girls and suddenly she feels seen and heard, understood – as they compare their parents’ strict rules and traditions. But breaking into her crush Jamie’s crowd is difficult and poses many challenges. A story about learning to trust sharing truths with friends and family. Buy the book!