May 13, 2017

Something In Between.

something in between.
melissa de la cruz.

Publisher Harlequin Teen.
Publication Date: October 4,2016.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|432.
          Source:  Goodreads|Library

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.


What drawn me into this story, was the cover and the summary. Even if I been American citizen for years now, I remember how it felt coming from a foreign country. However, I cannot imagine having your Visa being expired and being on verge of being deported, I can’t even to begin to imagine how Jasmine and her entire family felt like at that moment. There were so many emotions that I felt through the novel and I can’t begin to tell you, the amount of time that I felt scared for Jasmine and her family. Those were the moments that kept me on reading because I wanted to see what would happen, how it would end for them. Would they be able to stay or would they end up being deported? I hoped that Royce’s father would be able to do something for them, to keep them in America but I had my doubts about it, like Jasmine’s father did. SOMETHING IN BETWEEN was unlike other real life issue that I read about before. I have read about Immigrants before, through the years but nothing like this before. It had it’s moments where I smiled, laughed and at the same time, it was a tough subject to read about. There were time where I had feeling that there big chance that Jasmine’s family will get deported.

Royce, how can you not love him? At beginning I wasn’t sure about him, I was sure if he liked Jasmine or if he flirted with all girls like that. Considering he came all way DC with his father, so that he could see her again tells something. Not long passed where I could tell how much he cared about her. He even got his father involved, he even proposed to her just so that she could stay in America. He loved her. I feel like him being around her is one of things that made Jasmine happy, considering everything that she was going through. Despite their fights, in the end the two of them made it. If it wasn’t for Royce getting Jasmine to accept her father’s help, the two of them would got separated because their family would get deported. Even if I didn’t like his father at start, I couldn’t help but like him after how he helped Jasmine’s family. Of course I was also happy that Jasmine and Royce remain together.

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN was the first novel that I read by MELISSA DE LA CRUZ and it won’t be the last. I know that it’s only the first book that I read by her, but it was beautifully written and I found myself falling in love. I was drawn into Jasmine’s story, I could feel the emotions that she was feeling, the fear that she was feeling. It’s a story about family, love and hope. I couldn’t get enough of it. The story was…heartbreaking, a masterpiece. A story that everyone should read. I am eager to see what else she has in store for us.


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