Title: Something in Between
Pub: October 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her and more. Smart, popular, star cheerleader and student, Jasmine is driven to do and be her best. But, her hopes and dreams are shattered when she learns she (along with the rest of her family) are undocumented.
She tries to make sense of herself and her new reality, all the while trying to make sense of the romance brewing between her and charmingly handsome, Royce Blakely.
Something in Between is a great contemporary romance. I don’t read that many because sometimes they’re too unbelievble. But, Something in Between makes me want to give them another shot.
It has the ups and downs or a teen romance backdropped against Jasmine’s startling reality that she and her family are undocumented.
The romance is swoony enough (but not so unbelievable). Royce is honestly so adorable and heartwarming. He has his own struggles, but doesn’t push them onto Jasmine unnecessarily (like his dyslexia). He’s well-rounded and doesn’t read as a charactiture. He has his strengths and weaknesses. I totally want a boyfriend like Royce ❤
Jasmine and Royce’s relationship felt very honest. They were both insecure and inexperiences, but willing to try their best.
Jasmine’s voice really came out. Her experiences and thoughts were intuitive to her understanding (and growing understanding) of the world around her and her new reality. She’s dealing with unsurmountable thoughts of shame, identity crisis, hopelessness and helplessness, and not believing she’s good enought (for Royce and for America).
At the heart of it all, I’m amazed and grateful by how she was able to keep her head up over turbulent emotions and events and make her goals and dreams a reality.
I also liked that Jasmine and Royce get together early in the bok and the development of their relationship (the good and the bad) was shown. It was a Girl+Guy figuring out themselves and each other, and not the Guy gets the Girl in the end type of story.
On the politics. The political atmosphere is very well done and researched. The legalities and political atmosphere was introduced well and in an unconfusing way. Jasmine’s story is just one those experiences where you don’t know how it feels unless you live through it, but de la Cruz did a great job in not only bringing attention to the political and legal aspects, but to the personal ones as well. Being a first-gen (and second-gen) immigrant, let alone an undocumented immigrant, is a very alienating experience.
Definitely pick up this book. It’s subject matter is important and the romance is adorable. It’s weird to say, but I’m so thankful for this book.
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