Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
Published September 2016 by Harlequin Teen
Source: the publisher
Rating: 3 stars
From the blurb: 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. But Jasmine won't give up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.
Something in Between is a story closed to Melissa de la Cruz's heart as it closely mirrors her own story of immigrating to the USA. Jasmine de los Santos has worked hard at school, she's a perfectionist. She's cheer captain, she volunteers and she's determined to get into college. Her parents have set her a good example, both work hard and they expect Jasmine to do well. Jasmine's the sort of character that a lot of high school students will be able to relate to. There's so much pressure on kids today, and even though she feels tired, she will not admit it.
It was easy to understand Jasmine's fear and and anger when she finds out her parents have been keeping their status a secret. Jasmine doesn't want to see all her hard work go to waste. She left the Philippines age nine and no longer thinks of it as home.
Her relationship with Royce was sweet, though it did border on being a little dramatic at some points in the story. I also felt like the middle section dragged on a bit and the book could have been edited down a bit to keep the momentum going.
Something in Between is a story filled with hope and promise. It will appeal to teens and adults, and it's the sort of story we need to be reading now more than ever.
Abeist language: spaz, crazy, lame, dumb.
Thank you to Harlequin Teen for my review copy.