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This Time Will Be Different: 11/23/20
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura is set near the area of the peninsula collectively known as Silicon Valley. CJ Katsuyama works part time in her aunt's flower shop, a business her family started before the Japanese internment, lost because of it, and bought back at great hardship in 1973. Now the business is struggling and CJ's mother wants to sell it.
CJ and her mother haven't been close in the last year or so for reasons that are slowly revealed. Events leading up to that revelation, though, are told out of order. Some of the details are shocking and seem completely out of place until the end when enough is known to understand how everything fits.
What brought me to the book was the language of flowers. CJ's aunt truly believed in the magic of just the right message. I really wanted her to succeed, even though the over all message of the book is a good one.