Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz
Genre: Struggle, Immigrant
Synopsis: It feels like there’s no ground beneath me, like everything I’ve ever done has been a lie. Like I’m breaking apart, shattering. Who am I? Where do I belong?
Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.
And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.
For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.
I thank Harlequin Teen and Girl’s Life for sending me this book. It’s my first ARC.
I’d recommend this book to anyone because it’s a unique book in the YA community. It emphasizes undocumented people and immigrants of the United States. My parents are immigrants and they work two times harder than some people from here since they struggle with the language.
If your parents or you are an immigrant, you can relate to Jasmine. If you or your parents aren’t immigrants, you’ll be aware of the struggles Jasmine faces.
Jasmine is a role model. She inspires and motivates me to work hard in school. I want to win awards and get the best grades possible. I’d like to attend a prestigious college like her.( My dream school is Stanford).
I like how the author included quotes before every chapter. Quotes make me feel wise. Here are some quotes from inside the chapters:
”There’s something about remembering that just isn’t the same as the real thing. No matter how happy it makes you feel. When you remember something, you have to recognize that the moment will never happen again.” (pg 67)
”You don’t have to go into politics to change the world. You just have to work hard.” (140)
I didn’t rate this five stars because Jasmine ‘s interactions with her friends, family, and Royce were dull. Jasmine’s relationship with everyone wasn’t special.