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Something in Between: A thought-provoking coming-of-age novel
     

Something in Between: A thought-provoking coming-of-age novel

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by Melissa de la Cruz
 

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Dad opens the envelope slowly. Mom leans over his shoulder. They are completely silent as they read the letter. I expected my father to jump up from the table and hug me, and my mother to scream and start calling all my aunties to brag about me. But neither of them say anything.

In fact, they look like they just received the worst kind of news instead of the

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Dad opens the envelope slowly. Mom leans over his shoulder. They are completely silent as they read the letter. I expected my father to jump up from the table and hug me, and my mother to scream and start calling all my aunties to brag about me. But neither of them say anything.

In fact, they look like they just received the worst kind of news instead of the best news ever.

What's going on?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/15/2016
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- provoking look at the complex reality of being young and undocumented in the United States; Jasmine is painfully aware of the anti-immigrant forces she’s up against, especially after she starts a relationship with the son of a congressman working against an immigration reform bill. Readers will root for Jasmine as she fights for her future and finds the power of her own voice. Ages 14–up. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Oct.)
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"Jasmine's fairytale-turned-nightmare story will have you laughing, seething, relating, crying, and cheering. A great love story, a great heroine, a great family...simply a great read!" —Rachel Cohn,New York Timesbestselling co-author ofNick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

"This book has everything—a strong heroine, important issues and a really cute crush. We're obsessed—and you will be too." –The Editors of SEVENTEEN Magazine

"Wow. Something in Between hit me right in the heart, challenging what we understand of love, law, identity, ambition, and the American Dream. Both 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

"Something In Between takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster that's full of laughter, heartbreak, and real world realities for many. De la Cruz is a wordsmith; her prose full of heart. Her character Jasmine's dilemma will linger in the minds of all. This book will change you. A must read." —Dhonielle Clayton, co-author of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, and the forthcoming The Belles

"Something in Between is an eye-opening, engaging, and empathetic read. I loved Jas and her family and cared deeply about her future and her dreams. 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

"[A] great choice for younger teens...This book belongs in every middle school library."-School Library Journal

"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

"Through engaging dialogue and a flurry of unanticipated scenes, de la Cruz shines a light on the pressure immigrants face within an unjust and politically driven system. Provocative, eye-opening and poignant, Something in Between is a timely read in a troubled era."
-BookPage

VOYA, October 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 4) - Stacey Hayman
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. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
09/01/2016
Gr 6–10—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.—Amy Thurow, New Glarus School District, WI
Kirkus Review
2016-07-26
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781460395103
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
10/04/2016
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
86,930
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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Anonymous 5 months ago
It's unexpectedly compelling. I love how the author used real life issues that teens face today- that's what pulled me in. And at the same time I learned so much about it. From love, secrets, legal/illegal immigration, family, to new experiences, this book should not be passed up by teens today. A must-read!