When your country doesn’t want you there, how do you know where you belong?
Jasmine de los Santos has been pushed by her Filipino immigrant parents to over-achieve, be the best she can be, work as hard as she can at school and reach for the American Dream. She’s thrilled to be named a finalist for the National Scholarship Award and prepares to go to Washington, D. C. to receive it. But when she brings home the paperwork, she learns that she and all her family are in the country illegally.
As Jasmine’s world shatters around her, she rebels, trying to make sense of herself—who is she? Is she American? Illegal? Something in between? Jasmine decides to accept the award anyway and goes to D.C., where she meets Royce Blakely, the handsome son of a Republican congressman. As she fights for her very identity, will Jasmine find help in unexpected places, and will she ever figure out where she belongs?
What does TWG think?
There are a lot of topics frequenting the media at the moment, some more than others and ‘Something Inbetween’ highlights one of those. Immigration. Jasmine de los Santos is a grade A student and has the chance to go to Washington for her all important scholarship. In no time at all, Jasmine’s life, dreams and everything she has worked for becomes null and void. Where does that leave her? Jasmine has no idea where she belongs or which country she can call her own, legally, but she is definitely determined to find that out.
YA books have come a long way since I was younger and I find that nowadays the content of the books highlight a wider range of important topics. Whilst I found the overall message of this particular storyline very real and of high importance, I did find myself sitting on the fence a lot of the time. Sometimes I felt as though the focus was lost and the true meaning of the book became a little foggy.
That said, it was truly refreshing to read Jasmine’s story and learn about what she had to go through. It opened my eyes to the topic from a different angle which was far better than the angle the media portrays. Jasmine’s story was an emotional one and I feel as though Melissa de la Cruz conveyed that with such intensity, all the way through.
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