Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
Rating: 4 Stars
This was so much fun! I loved it so much more than I though I would.
I really liked all the characters. I think a complaint some seem to have with Jasmine is that she’s “too perfect” or “mary-sue-ish”. And while I tended to agree, I don’t have a problem with most “mary-sues” because I kinda am one, so I can relate. And Jasmine’s character ended up a lot better than it started. I felt like I got to know her throughout the book and she was a lot of fun to read.
Royce is the love interest. I love Royce. His character is not really anything too special, but the complexities that are unique to him are significant, he’s sweet, and he’s just fun to read about. Definitely a new book-boyfriend.
And I loved Jasmine’s family. I felt like the author did a really good job of portraying Filipino culture; I learned a lot, and Jasmine’s family is a lot of fun.
The other side characters were great too. I liked the friendship Jas had with Karly.
So Jasmine’s family has been living in the U.S. illegally and now they face the threat of deportation. This is actually one of the reasons I was hesitant to read Something in Between; I didn’t want to be hit over the head with an agenda. But there really isn’t one – de la Cruz has an understanding of families in these types of situations, and she presents the facts and the circumstances and lets us decide for ourselves what to decide about the situation. The de los Santos’s family’s situation made me think. It made me feel more empathetic to immigrants in general – especially those in circumstances similar to the de los Santos’s- and that’s why this book is valuable to me. It broadened my horizons and made me think about what I really thought about immigration. And I’m still deciding – but my opinions have definitely been made more grey and less black and white. I wish more people would read it; we want to protect our country, but what about people like Jasmine’s family? There needs to be a balance and that’s why it’s good to have thought about many different veiwpoints.
Anyway. I loved Something in Between. The romance is adorable, the characters are fun, it’s well written, and it took me out of my comfort zone and made me think about issues that really matter.
Synopsis – Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
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 don’t remember any major swearing. Maybe the s word a couple times? The characters came close once, but there was no sex.