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Something in Between

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,741 ratings  ·  972 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
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Christine Riccio
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a relevant important read. Blew through it! Here's my full booktalk: ...more
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Hands down, Something in Between is the best YA contemporary book of the year.

If you’re only familiar with Melissa de la Cruz’s fantasy and paranormal books, I’m going to put a huge disclaimer: this is drastically different than her previous works. It is her best yet. She came back to her original roots which is realistic fiction ala chick lit where the stakes are higher.

Something in Between follows the story of Jasmine de los Santos, a smart high school student who’s eligible to apply to prest
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

There are bits of this book that I LOVE and bits that I don't. I really do think so many people need to read it and that it's such an important story to come out right before the election. WE NEED MORE STORIES LIKE THIS! Especially from #ownvoices. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing this story that is so similar to your own, and for showing a different side of things to many people that wouldn't otherwise know of it!
I really liked the characters and the overall plot. YeH, it was predicta
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i'm absolutely in love with this. to finally read a book where i can actually say this character is me, her family is like mine...well the feeling is indescribable. i'm so happy with this book. it's uplifting and heartbreaking. this is SUCH an important story. while i was so fortunate enough to be born here in the United States, my parents are immigrants from the Phillipines and this book reminded of their hard work and sacrifice to make sure i was successful, to make sure that i didn't take any ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything.

As a Filipino American I have never read a book about my culture until this. This book proves that representation matters. I related to all the Filipino parts. I loved the use of Tagalog words and Filipino food throughout the novel. One of my favorite quotes was when Jasmine described her brother as being “louder and more dramatic than anybody else, which really means something when you come from a Filipino family” (40). That is so damn true.

Thank you so much Melissa d
Dannii Elle
I received this on a read to review basis from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Melissa de la Cruz, and the publisher, Harlequin Teen, for this opportunity.

This is the story of teenage Jasmine de los Santos: Cheer captain, A* student, hospital volunteer, national college scholar winner, of Filipino origin and, oh yeah, an undocumented citizen of the USA. The story could well have been a solely dark and harrowing one, but the author chose to address the issue
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
A book about Filipino immigrants? Heck yeah, count me in.
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.)

“I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who found out that she was living in the US illegally.

I felt quite sorry for Jasmine in this story as she had her whole future planned out, only to discover that things weren’t going to go to plan at all, and that she may even be deported.

The storyline in th
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I was kind of hoping that Something In Between will be my very first international YA novel with a Filipino for a main character but Jasmine, even though she was born in the Philippines, is completely an American at heart and I do not blame her because it’s where she grew up. It’s where she has established her everything- her life, her dreams and her future so when the threat of all of these things to be ripped away from her because of the possibility of her and her entire family’s deportation b ...more
Shea Iris
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
The hype was all of Goodreads, Instagram and blogs. The main reason at I read this is because it's the book of the month of our Book Club and I was drawn by the cover. The illustrations, typography and even the color scheme is soothing and appealing for a YA contemporary. It looks like a light hearted read and when I read the synopsis, I was highly motivated to know that the main character and author is a Filipino. The concept of immigration is interesting to read knowing it's from a perspective ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, stand-alones
Review originally posted on Heart Full of Books!

I was really excited to read Something in Between because of the subject matter. It’s a shame that I read this one so soon after The Sun is Also a Star, though, as I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between the portrayal of illegal immigrants. Both authors took the same stance: that it’s unjust and an ugly term to describe people that have only done what was best for their families, and I think that message was the most powerful, but I wholeheart
enqi ☁️✨
I’m a cheerleader. I like peanut butter and pizza. Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus. I grew up on Gossip Girl and Sex and the City reruns. I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom of speech. Every Olympics, my family gathers around the TV and we join the chant: “USA! USA! USA!” I love my country. I love America. Being American is as much a part of me as breathing. Except it turns out I’m not American where it counts. On paper.

while pertinent issues about immigration and xe
Yna the Mood Reader
May 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
“Even though you can't control the things that happen to you, you can control your perspective and your actions. There's never a moment you can't choose who you want to be.”

I never rate books with 1 star because I think it is too harsh and too strong but this book made me so disappointed, sad, and angry at the same time. Full review to come when I have gathered my thoughts.
Norah Una Sumner
Buddy read with my sweetie Sara.

Something in Between is very dramatic, very over-the-top and sometimes a bit annoying, yet, it came to me at the exact right time and made me love the character of Jasmine de los Santos. The theme of the book, of course, is very serious and very important and I do not think that it was over-shadowed by the romantic plot at all. Every character in this book is stubborn, from the main character, to her parents and friends, and to mister Royce himself as well as his
Kat at Book Thingo
I wanted to like this book, but I've concluded that it's like Twilight for immigrants. I could relate to the heroine because of my lived experience, but the story itself doesn't really explore the nuances of, well, anything. Immigration, culture, identity, politics, love -- these are all brought up as potential themes but never explored enough to mean anything. The heroine feels like a placeholder. Mostly, I found the story long. And bland. There were parts of the story I found hard to believe. ...more
May 18, 2016 marked it as to-read
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
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. Y
Chesca (thecrownedpages)
"For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past." <--- This is just SO Filipino, in my opinion, if you belong to a conservative family. Basically, this was me when I was seventeen. ...more
Hanna Fogel
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's a reason I read this book in a day--I could barely put it down. This book is an important one, especially in today's U.S. political climate. I connected personally to this book in a couple of ways--though we did it legally and from an English-speaking country, which certainly made many things easier, my family immigrated to the U.S. twenty years ago and stayed on greencards till we finally applied for and got citizenship in 2012, so I know what it feels like to feel like you only partly ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Books that humanize the topic of illegal immigration have become more commonplace in YA over the past couple of years, which is a much appreciated trend especially given the recent election cycle.

In Something in Between, Melissa de La Cruz introduces readers to Jasmine, an accomplished high school senior living in Southern California. While Jasmine has dreams of attending elite colleges, the discovery that she’s an undocumented immigrant seems like it’s about to derail that plan…

I've read a n
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A book with excellent discourse but ultimately let down by the shoe-horned romance.

- For one, I adored Jasmine. She was a fantastic character that represented the pressure and burden that rests on the shoulders of immigrant children: being cut above the rest to compensate for their parents' sacrifices.
- The discourse on immigration and illegal immigrants was important. I wasn't very familiar with the green card system and America's politics surrounding illegal immigration, so this book was very
Jay G
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jasmine de los Santo is an exemplary student. She is the captain of her high school cheer team and has just been awarded a National Scholar award. After telling her parents the exciting news, they reveal that their family is living in America illegally and she won't be able to accept the award. Now, with all her dreams crashing around her, Jasmine rebels for the first time in her life.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 3.25

I felt really sorry for Jasmine in this. The situation she was in really couldn't have been easy to deal with.

This took me a while to get into at first, but after a few chapters it managed to gain my interest. The writing sometimes felt a bit off to me, and there were still a few times where my interest waned slightly, but it was a decent read overall.

Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is very important, I'm so glad I read it. It has so many issues that are not spoken about a lot in books. I've never read a book about an immigrant struggling to stay in a country. This was so good, I loved it so much.

“I can't think of anything I'm not grateful for.”

Jasmine de la Santos is an immigrant who has worked so hard to maintain her grades and made many friends. After receiving a letter that she was a national scholar and was invited to dinner, she tells her parents expe
I'd put this in the same category that some LGBTQ books are in on my list, which is that they're necessary books, but that they're not well-written enough to be "the best". Essentially they're tolerated on the YA market because there isn't anything else and because the voices and characters are needed to be the voice of youth, but that doesn't mean that they're all good. I'd put de la Cruz's book in this category. It's needed, oh so very needed like Ask Me No Questions, Shine, Coconut Moon, Touc ...more
Fictional World Dreamer
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three reasons why I picked up Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz. One, it’s about a important topic of illegal immigration. Second, it’s about a family and culture of the Philippines. Which is a topic that is very close to my heart as I am married to a wonderful man who is filipino. But 3rd, probably the most important to me is about, interracial-romance.

This was a cute and interesting story. It had lot of information. There aren’t many books, that talk about the 3 points that I mentione
Emily Anne
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Something In Between is such an important read. Melissa de la Cruz brings to light the struggles of undocumented families and informs her readers on the subject; likewise, she still tells a great love story. I can't recommend this enough!

Our main character, Jasmine, has worked hard her whole life. She hopes to get into a top college. However, her parents tell her that their family is undocumented, and all her hopes seem to shatter. How can she get a scholarship to go Stanford if she isn't docum
Book Riot Community
Jasmine De Los Santos, an overachieving high school student living in California with her Filipino immigrant parents, gets a shocking revelation when she learns that her entire family is undocumented. Unable to accept a prestigious scholarship she has been awarded, Jasmine is forced to re-examine everything that she has worked so hard for. A budding romance with a Republican congressman’s son adds another challenging element to Jasmine’s upended life. A well written, sensitive portrayal of a fam ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: High School students who feel left out or unimportant
This is a very important read and it felt so inspirational. I really enjoyed it! RTC!
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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

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