This Time Will Be Different (Hardcover)

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book

For fans of Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, and Sandhya Menon, critically acclaimed author Misa Sugiura delivers a richly crafted contemporary YA novel about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.

The author of the Asian Pacific American Award-winning It’s Not Like It’s a Secret is back with another smartly drawn coming-of-age novel that weaves riveting family drama, surprising humor, and delightful romance into a story that will draw you in from the very first page.

Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. 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.

Then 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. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.


About the Author

Misa Sugiura’s ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. Her first novel, It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, was the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for YA Literature. Her second novel, This Time Will be Different, is the HarperCollins Children's Books Lead Read for Summer 2019. Misa lives under a giant oak tree in Silicon Valley with her husband, two sons, two cats, and a graybanded king snake. Visit her online at

Praise For…

— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

— School Library Journal (starred review)

This Time Will Be Different is a timely, smart novel that readers of contemporary teen fiction will likely devour.”]]>
— Shelf Awareness (starred review)

— New York Times Book Review

— Horn Book Magazine

— Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

— Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn

— Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters and Internment

— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

— ALA Booklist

— Sara Farizan, award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Here to Stay

This Time Will Be Different boasts complex characters with deep-rooted histories, and the exploration of what it means to be a good ally is both timely and necessary. I was captivated from the first page.”]]>
— Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of Starfish and Summer Bird Blue

— Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon and The Secret of a Heart Note

— Maurene Goo, author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love

— Kim Culbertson, author of Catch a Falling Star and The Possibility of Now

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

— School Library Journal

— Brightly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062473448
ISBN-10: 0062473441
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Pages: 400
Language: English