Something in Between
Something in Between
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Annotation: After learning of her family's illegal immigrant status, Jasmine realizes that college may be impossible and that deportation is a real threat, uncertainties she endures as she falls for the son of a congressman who opposes an immigration reform bill.
Catalog Number: #128046
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Harlequin
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 432 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-373-21238-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-373-21238-5
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Since arriving in the U.S. from Antipolo, Philippines, at age nine, Jasmine de los Santos has spent every second striving for success, and she's got the credentials to prove it: cheer captain, future valedictorian, and now National Scholar Award winner. In the face of the all-expenses-paid honor, Jas' parents are forced to reveal a momentous secret: the de los Santos are undocumented immigrants, and Jasmine's acceptance of the award could entirely jeopardize her family's freedom. As the family works fruitlessly to obtain visas, Jas falls for charmingly offbeat Royce Blakely, son of conservative California congressman Colin Blakely. Over first kisses, favorite quotes, and Ferris wheels, Jas gives her heart to Royce. But to save her family, she'll have to put her faith in something far more unreliable. Despite a far-fetched solution to the family's palpable plight, de la Cruz's portrayal of a crooked political climate, peppered with useful words of wisdom (Jas prefers undocumented immigrant to illegal alien), is sure to inform. At its gooey heart, this is a love story suited for romance-thirsty teens.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Perennial best-seller de la Cruz is getting an even bigger push than usual: a major Seventeen magazine partnership, an eight-city tour, and numerous web exclusives.
Kirkus Reviews
Jasmine de los Santos, an overachieving 16-year-old immigrant from the Philippines, looks forward to a vibrant future, until she discovers a family secret that threatens to take away her American dream. When Jasmine reveals to her family that she has been awarded a prestigious scholarship that will provide full tuition to the college of her choice, she learns that the family is undocumented; Jasmine cannot accept the award. She also realizes that the boy she’s falling for is the son of a congressman who is fighting against an immigration-reform bill that could change the lives of her family forever. Despite this setup, Jasmine is not a single-issue character. In addition to navigating her future newly aware of her immigration status, she also struggles with universal teen drama—friendships, first love, family pressures, etc. An immigrant herself, de la Cruz, succeeds in presenting a complicated and multifaceted topic in a manner that is light enough to keep readers engaged throughout the novel’s 300-plus pages. However, the neat-and-tidy conclusion, involving political connections and wealthy donors, may leave some readers believing that just by “being good enough” and “working hard,” the undocumented can magically overcome their circumstances regardless of the political climate or financial situation in which they find themselves. Typical teen drama elevated by its exploration of a complex social issue but hampered by an unrealistically feel-good conclusion. (author’s note) (Fiction. 14-18)
Publishers Weekly
The future is bright for high school senior and all-American girl Jasmine de los Santos: the daughter of Filipino immigrants, she has spent her high school years focused on being a well-rounded and academically successful student, as well as a model Filipino daughter. When Jasmine receives the National Scholar Award, a highly competitive scholarship that covers college tuition, her dream of attending Stanford is within reach. To her surprise, her parents don-t share her excitement and reveal a long-kept secret: the de los Santos family is in the United States illegally. After her family-s status is discovered and they face deportation, Jasmine-s perception of herself is thrown into question. De la Cruz (the Blue Bloods series) presents a timely and thought-
School Library Journal
Gr 6&11;10&12; Jasmine is valedictorian, a scholarship winner, and captain of a Nationals-winning cheer squad. Her Filipino family are close-knit, and they live in L.A. Her crush is the son of a senator, and he's sweet and devoted. Her college essay is about her storytelling project with terminally ill seniors. Early into the book, readers learn that Jasmine and her family are undocumented. Jasmine is not eligible for the financial aid she would need to attend college, and she and her family face the real threat of being deported. The plot unfolds with Jasmine's boyfriend's father's anti-immigrant Congressional bill being shot down and the family's lawyer telling them that the odds are against them being able to stay in the United States. Through a series of extremely fortuitous developments, Jas receives a full ride to Stanford, a university that reviews international students' applications without regard to their financial need. Her romantic troubles also end happily. De la Cruz received a need-blind scholarship to Columbia. She shares in an author's note more details on how this story is semiautobiographical, which will make the narrative richer for some readers. Though the work centers on a high school senior, the romance is chaste and the plot is not too complex, making this a great choice for younger teens. VERDICT Jasmine's tale feels too good to be true, but this possible shortcoming is offset by the timeliness and importance of the immigration issues raised and explained. This book belongs in every middle school library.&12; Amy Thurow, New Glarus School District, WI
Voice of Youth Advocates
Jasmine was only nine but clearly remembers the day when her mom, dad, and two younger brothers arrived in the United States from the Philippines. Knowing that her parents gave up everything for better opportunities, Jas spent her childhood working longer and harder than other kids. That effort is paying off in her senior year: captain of the cheerleaders, high academic honors, and the extremely prestigious National Scholarship Award, which will cover the cost of attending the college of her choice for all four years. Expecting the scholarship to be the best kind of surprise, Jas is stunned to find out that her family has been living without legal documents for years and could be deported anytime.This story covers such dramas as dating, popularity, peer pressure, college/career choices, family relationships, and friendships and adds the unique twists of being raised on the values of one culture while living in the reality of something completely different. It offers something for almost everyone, including a number of secondary characters dealing with their own issues: The new boyfriend, Royce, son of a congressman, is trying to keep the peace in his fractured family. Royce's angry older brother abuses alcohol and is flunking out of college. Best friend, Kayla, is struggling with her parents' contentious divorce and engaging in destructive behaviors, which may cause readers to feel overwhelmed. Teens looking for a current, hot-button social topic or to celebrate a girl overcoming the odds will be pleased to find this book.Stacey Hayman.
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Word Count: 113,001
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 16.0 / quiz: 186619 / grade: Middle Grades+
Lexile: 640L

The thought-provoking and timely new novel from Melissa de la Cruz, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, will have you crying with Jasmine as she finds out she’s undocumented – then cheering her on as she fights to stay in the country she loves.

She had her whole life planned.

She knew who she was and where she was going.

Until the truth changed everything.

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. 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 to the school of her dreams.

And then everything shatters. Her parents are forced 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.

As she’s trying to make sense of this new reality, her world is turned upside down again by Royce Blakely. He’s funny, caring and spontaneous—basically everything she’s been looking for at the worst possible time—and now he’s something else she may lose.

Jasmine will stop at nothing to protect her relationships, family and future, all while fighting the hard truths of being undocumented.


“A great read!” —Rachel Cohn, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

“We’re obsessed—and you will be too.” —The Editors of Seventeen magazine

“Heartbreaking and bursting with hope, this is the book we all need.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Young Elites and Legend series

“This book will change you. A must-read.” —Dhonielle Clayton, coauthor of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, and the forthcoming The Belles

“A must-read!” —Ally Condie, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy

“An immigrant herself, de la Cruz succeeds in presenting a complicated and multifaceted topic in a manner that is light enough to keep readers engaged.”Kirkus Reviews

“De la Cruz presents a timely and thought-provoking look at the complex reality of being young and undocumented in the United States…Readers will root for Jasmine as she fights for her future and finds the power of her own voice.”Publishers Weekly

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