Thursday, November 3, 2016

Book Review: Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Title: Something In Between
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Published: October 04, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

It feels like there’s no ground beneath me, like everything I’ve ever done has been a lie. Like I’m breaking apart, shattering. Who am I? Where do I belong?

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, 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.

And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents 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.

For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

I've been looking forward reading this book. I like how Melissa De La Cruz wrote the Blue Blood series and reading another genre of book from her is something really interesting for me. Aside from that, Something In Between's story looks intriguing to me.  When the world suddenly doesn't want you anymore, how would you be able to surpass that kind of problem right?

 "There is no greater importance in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you." - Royce

Something in Between is a combination of an inspiring and encouraging story. The main character's determination to pursue her dreams is a good way to admire the readers not just the students but also the people whose currently undergoing the same problem as the character. Aside from that, her never dying hope is beautiful. There were times that she almost gave up but her hopes never falter. It was amazing and I think we all need that in our lives. Never stop dreaming. 

Jasmine is the main character of this book who inspires other people like myself to pursue the dreams they want to. She's amazing and lovely. She's the kind of girl every person needs to meet. She gives light to the darkness of the room. Royce, her first love and the person who supported her all throughout her journey. They're both perfect for each other, as other couples, they had problems but in the end, they were able to sort all those things.  

"When you're privileged, your life becomes a collection of things. Nothing's real. Not people, not their feelings." 

This book is remarkable, awesome and worth reading. The book taught me not to give up on my dreams no matter what it costs. If things doesn't work the way you planned, there are other ways to make it work. Trust and keep hoping.

PS. I love all the quotes included in this book.

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." -Malala Yousafzai
My Ratings

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
Source: Goodreads

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