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Something in Between (Harlequin Teen) Paperback – June 27, 2017
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Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publishers Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of novels for readers of all ages, including The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost. Her books have topped the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in more than twenty countries. Today she lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.
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Life turned upside down, Jasmine must figure out what to do and how to come to terms with her changed identity. Then Jas falls for the son of a politician who is spearheading the fights against undocumented workers. How will she reconcile her new self-identity in the world she lives in? Will she and her family be able to stay in America – will they be forced to move back to the Philippines, a country her brothers have never known. And, will all of her hard work be for naught because she cannot find a way to attend college? Find out in this young adult/teen contemporary fiction novel about family, friends and growing up.
As a Filipino American I have never read a book about my culture until this. This book proves that representation matters. I related to all the Filipino parts. I loved the use of Tagalog words and Filipino food throughout the novel. One of my favorite quotes was when Jasmine described her brother as being “louder and more dramatic than anybody else, which really means something when you come from a Filipino family” (40). That is so damn true.
Thank you so much Melissa de la Cruz for writing this book. I’ve been waiting for her to write another book about the Filipino experience and this book couldn’t have been any more timely. It perfectly encapsulates the experiences undocumented immigrants go through. I really felt Jasmine’s frustration.
Overall, this is a must read for young adults in today’s world and hopefully this book can inspire future leaders to make positive changes in regards to immigration.
Something in Between is about strength, courage, and love. Jasmine faces many situations where something goes wrong and she has to fight to make it right. She does extensive research on solutions to the problem and does not give up even when an immigration reform bill that could have saved her family was not passed. Along the way, she falls in love with a handsome young man named Royce. Royce’s father is a well-respected congressman who helps Jasmine’s family greatly in this situation. Even though he was against the immigration reform bill, he was the one who got Jasmine and her family out of their deportation, and Jasmine was the one who was brave enough to ask him for help. In the end, her hard work pays off and outshines her undocumented status.
This book is very engaging and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. Jasmine is a character that the reader would want to get to know more even after the book is done, because she is determined and motivated to make her dreams come true. Even though her background story is not one of the most relatable ones, her day to day life and her aspirations are very common and teenagers can relate to it.
Something in between follows a teenaged girl named Jasmine who has always had everything going for her, perfect grades, Captain of the cheer team and already set on going to a ivy league school that she has always dreamed of after high school.
But when she gets a full ride scholarship, she expects her parents to be excited, but to her suprise, they are worried sick and here's why..her family is illegal immigrants.
This book was a lot better than I expected. From the pre-release reviews I heard mixed things and I was worried that I would be on the side of not liking it but man was I wrong.
This had everything I could ever want as a contemporary lover- Great plot, swoonworthy romance, amazing writing and a very diverse set of characters.
The thing that I really want to highlight is that this novel has a very strong emphasis on family which I love because we don't get to see a lot of that in YA novels.
This is one of my favorite books of the year and dare I say it- my favorite book I've read for contemporary corner. So in case you haven't picked up on this yet, I really really recommend this.