Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Something In Between, by Melissa De La Cruz

In the book Something in Beteween, by Melissa De La Cruz Jasmine de los Santos has always tried her hardest to be the best student she can be and the most exceptional role model. Jasmine is pretty and popular, she studies hard for every test, but most importantly, she made her Filipino immigrant parents proud. Because of all of her hard work and efforts, Jasmine was going to be granted a full college scholarship. Suddenly, everything comes crashing downhill when a scholar award invitation forces Jasmine’s parents to tell the hard truth; their visas expired years ago, meaning that their whole family is illegal immigrants. 

The worst part is that since Jasmine is illegal in the United States, she cannot be granted that college scholarship, and possibly not be able to attend college at all, and her entire family is facing the very real and scary threat of being deported. For the first time in her whole life, Jasmine does all of the normal teen things, that she never had time to do before. As Jasmine is trying to make sense of the new world that she has found herself living in, she falls for Royce Blakely, who just so happens to be the son of a very high ranking Congressman that is trying to avoid passing laws that would help illegal immigrants like Jasmine and her family. Jasmine no longer has any idea where to start or what to do, but she does know for a fact that she is not going to give up. 

I enjoyed reading the novel Something In Between by Melissa de La Cruz. It was very well written. All of the events that are going on in Jasmine’s life are I described so well, and it shows how truly scary it was for Jasmine and her family as they were facing the threat of being forced to leave the country. I also like how the author uses irony in the story. For example, not long after Jasmine finds out that her entire family is illegal, she falls for the guy who's father is doing everything in his power to make it harder for illegal immigrants. I would recommend the book Something in Between by Melissa de La Cruz to most teens. It is something that almost no one can relate to, so it is interesting to read about a different side of the story. This is a very good book.

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