ICYMI, This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura is out in the world and it is AMAZING. The book follows CJ, a girl who has never been able to live up to her mom’s expectations. She finds her calling, though, working in her aunt’s flower shop and learning about the kinds of power and meaning that flowers can have. Like Misa herself says:
“Flowers can be used in a lot of different ways. They have their own language and their own symbolism.”
To celebrate This Time Will Be Different in all its *epic* glory, we had Misa come in and talk with us about the book, CJ, and especially flowers! With prom season upon us, we asked her to pick prom flowers for some of our favorite YA characters. Check out her recommendations below!
Ever wonder what kind of flower represents you? Are you looking for some inspo for your prom corsage? We put together a little This Time Will Be Different-inspired quiz. Tell us all about your ideal prom night, and we’ll tell you what kind of flower you should rock!
About This Time Will Be Different
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.