Praise for It's Not Like It's A Secret

Sugiura thoughtfully explores intersecting issues of race, immigrant-family relationships, queer romance, and, less explicitly, class dynamics without implying the significance of one over the others. Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital.
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Smart, funny, messily authentic and sweetly romantic.
— Kelly Loy Gilbert, Morris Award nominated author of CONVICTION
A touching coming of age book that kept me cheering until the end; will be highly recommending!
— Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
Readers will feel Sana’s onslaught of emotions, understand her missteps as she chooses dishonesty over opening herself to rebuke in several situations, and cheer for her strengthening capacity to own her identity, trust her friends, and see her parents’ relationship with empathy. Major and minor supporting characters of every age and both genders are just as credibly realized as Sana as her narration unfolds. VERDICT An essential and delightful choice that realistically celebrates a teen’s discovery of trust in herself and in others.
— School Library Journal; Francisca Goldsmith, Library Ronin, Worcester, MA