This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura | ARC Review

this time will be different

Pages: 400
Publication: HarperTeen
Release date: June 4, 2019
How I got the copy: HarperCollins Canada
Rating: 4/5

The thing that attracted me to this book was that it’d be partially set in a flower shop. And that the main character, CJ, is conflicted by what is expected of her for her future and what she’s happy doing, which is working at the family’s family shop. Of course, along with the book following a Japanese American main character with a plot focusing on the Japanese history in their community.

This Time Will Be Different is a full of representation and diversity. The family’s Japanese American, there’s LGBTQ+ representation that’s done so well and organically and overall this book is a fight for the minority.

I absolutely love reading books that encourage thinking differently and following your heart rather than following the status quo or other peoples expectations. CJ doesn’t feel she’s making her mother proud since her mom climbed the corporate ladder of her family’s enemy, a get to the top no matter what mentality, when CJ seems to have more of her aunt’s, Hannah, mindset. Like Hannah, CJ finds herself enjoying her time working at the flower shop and learning about flowers and flower magic instead of corporate life.

CJ’s grandparents were swindled out of their property when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII and it’s when CJ’s mom wants to sell the shop that their family fought to get back that CJ and her friends decide to fight for the rights of their ancestors and for what’s right. It’s not until CJ’s mom decided to sell the shop that CJ realizes that she might be a mixed of both of them.

This Time Will Be Different is about family, American history, culture, friendships, romance, flower magic, and advocacy. It’s written well and an important book that should be read by anyone.

A timely and compelling novel about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.

*A copy of this book was provided by HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review*