Something in Between

Something in Between

A thought-provoking coming-of-age novel

eBook - 2016
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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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Nov 02, 2020

Jasmine De Los Santos seems to have it all - an awesome cheerleading team, a position as valedictorian, and the National Scholarship award. She's the ideal American citizen. Except for the fact that she's actually not an American citizen. Her world is turned upside down when her parents reveal that they are, in fact, undocumented immigrants. There go her hopes and dreams for a future in the United States - and there goes Royce. Enter Royce, the son of a famous politician who just so happens to be against allowing illegal immigrants citizenship. Oh, and he's also dating Jasmine, an illegal immigrant. Constantly living with the fear of being deported, Jasmine and her family take it into their own hands to fight for their rights to stay in the country, just as she continues to fight for Royce amidst disagreements and mini-breakups. Through it all, she'll learn just what it means to hold two countries in your heart.

I really loved this book. It’s rare to see books about immigrants, especially ones that write about the controversy surrounding illegal immigrants. To be able to read a book from the perspective of someone going through this issue (especially considering how many do go through this in America) was fascinating. The politics and controversy surrounding it all was handled really well, and the author made sure to introduce the characters as people first before easing into the “illegal immigrant” revelation. One thing I didn’t quite enjoy was how flawless the main protagonist was. It made it difficult to relate to her because she simply was “perfect” in every way. The depth of her struggle was also lost within the drama of her romance. Her struggles seemed to be more of a side-plot rather than a focus.

Although at times it may seem cheesy and the romance a little cliche, I believe that especially in these times, it is important for people to read stories that feature POC, and the immigrant society. It will help open our eyes to the diversity in the US and the struggles that many go through on a daily basis. It is a good book to read, and pass on to other people. Perhaps having it in one’s personal bookshelf will help drive the message home even more - no matter where we come from, we are all American at heart.

Aug 18, 2020

This book is definitely not one of my favorites. I just found Jasmine really annoying and irritating at times. Would not recommend this book.

nsalenga85 Aug 03, 2019

This is a great book about 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 after learning of her family's illegal immigrant status.

Nov 05, 2018

I read this book for a homework assignment and absolutely loved it. The ups and downs, the roller coaster of emotion, it's the perfect book for anyone wanting to read a love, struggle, and emotional book. Completely recommend it.

Apr 15, 2017

Something In Between by Melanie de la Cruz was showcasing the average teenage girl's life. Jasmine de los Santaos goes to high school and is pretty, popular, cheerleader captain. She always got good grades, and finally got a full scholarship to college. Unfortunately, that might not happen because her parents' visas had expired, and they had been living in the United States illegally. Will Jasmine's family be deported back to the Philippines? Who knows. Read the book and you'll find out. I loved the determination and hard work involved in the story. I rate Something In Between four out of five stars, it was such a good book.
- @SDJ of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Something In Between is real, but that’s about it. It touches on an important issue and real situation that people have to deal with; having no documentations and being illegal immigrants. Jasmine, the main character, has it all when it comes to smarts, family and seems like the perfect girl. She’s the cheer captain and the National Scholar Award winner, but when she expects her parents to be the happiest of all, they tell her she can’t accept the award. Their entire family doesn’t have green cards and Jasmine’s life will change forever. All this is thrown down on Jasmine, and she struggles to find a way to keep her American dream alive, despite the scares and realizations she will have to face if she gets deported. I think this was a decent book, but some things stopped making sense in the book after the first two hundred pages because some of the most important factors of the book got dropped off. The author begins to tell us about things in Jasmine’s life that we don’t really care about, and overall these details don’t make us better understand Jasmine but rather make us slowly dislike her character. Jasmine begins to tell everybody about her situation and it seems like the author was trying to turn this into a Wattpad fiction. The ending was rushed and a blur. I was disappointed, to say the least, because I expected so much more from this book and author. That’s why they say, never judge a book by its cover, because one of the reasons I grabbed this novel was because of its visually appealing front. Rating 1.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 08, 2017

Absolutely my favorite book!


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JCLEmilyD Feb 13, 2017

"What's that supposed to mean?" I say, raising my voice a little. "Playing by the rules isn't always about what's right. There have been plenty of laws that weren't right. Why should someone be law-abiding when the laws are so stacked against them that the system makes it nearly impossible to follow those laws? Ever heard of Rosa Parks?"


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