This Time Will Be Different

Misa Sugiura

fiction contemporary romance young adult
emotional lighthearted reflective medium-paced

400 pages | first published 2019

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.

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hopeful 63%
lighthearted 54%
emotional 50%
inspiring 45%
reflective 36%
informative 27%
challenging 22%
funny 22%
relaxing 13%
sad 9%
mysterious 4%
tense 4%


medium 87%
fast 8%
slow 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 50% | Plot: 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 19%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 95% | No: 4%

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