Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know how to get started. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.
She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.
But when her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII—a rift threatens to splinter her family, friends, and their entire Northern California community. And for the first time, CJ feels like she’s found something she wants to fight for.
Misa Sugiura’s first novel, It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, earned the Asian Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and her second novel brings readers a new and thoughtfully rendered story about community and personal history, family and identity, and the ways we bridge the gaps between them.