Title: Something In Between
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
Something In Between follows the story of Jasmine de los Santos, a conscientious and intelligent high school student trying her hardest to make her Filipino parents proud. After receiving a national scholar award, Jasmine’s parents are compelled to tell her the truth: that they are undocumented. Everything that Jasmine has known and holds dear becomes threatened. It means no scholarship and the constant threat of deportation. Yet Jasmine won’t give up, and with her congressional connections, and her supporting family and peers, Jasmine fights to stay in the United States.
I think Something In Between is a fantastic and thought-provoking book about identity and experiences of undocumented immigrants. I think it’s especially important in the current political climate, and not just in the US, but across the globe.
I loved the characters and the dynamics and interactions between them. I particularly enjoyed Jasmine’s strong bonds with her parents and her siblings. I loved that Jasmine never gave up, even when she questioned her own identity and sense of belonging. There’s lots of diversity and Filipino culture which you get a strong insight of. I think this book will be relatable for a lot of teens that are going through similar experiences as Jasmine.
Another thing that I particularly enjoyed was the romance which was built on mutual respect and admiration, even when there was conflict in regard to their backgrounds, a conflict which is centred around privilege. Whilst there was this conflict, I thought their romance was so well done and developed, and super cute.
Something In Between has everything that YA lovers want in a contemporary: a swoon-worthy romance and a relationship built on mutual respect, great family dynamics, supporting female friendships, and thought-provoking conversations about important issues.