Something in Between|Melissa de la Cruz
Something in Between : A Thought-Provoking Coming-Of-Age Novel
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780373212385
  • ISBN-10: 0373212380
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
  • Page Count: 448
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-UP

Looking for a country to claim

Loosely based on the author’s own struggles prior to gaining U.S. citizenship, Melissa de la Cruz’s latest teen read is a tender yet unlikely romance between an illegal immigrant and a congressman’s son.

Jasmine de los Santos has been offered a National Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the nation—quite a feat for an immigrant who has been in the United States since the age of 9. For her parents, leaving the Philippines for “the land of hope” proved to be more difficult than expected, as they had no choice but to take less than stellar jobs with meager wages. But Jasmine knows she has finally made her parents proud.

Prior to sharing the exciting news with her folks, Jasmine meets Royce Blakely and is quickly enamored. Thoughts of Royce momentarily disperse when Jasmine learns that she and her family have been living in the U.S. illegally. Against all odds, Jasmine resolves not only to find a way to fulfill her educational dreams, but also to hold fast to the love of her life.

Through engaging dialogue and a flurry of unanticipated scenes, de la Cruz shines a light on the pressure immigrants face within an unjust and politically driven system. Provocative, eye-opening and poignant, Something in Between is a timely read in a troubled era.


This article was originally published in the October 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.