(SPOILERS SPOILERS BE AWARE)
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Title: Something in Between
It’s the book that we need, but not the book that we deserve. Something in Between is about Jasmine De Los Santos, a senior in high school who is perfect in every way. She’s the captain of the cheer squad, has all A’s, participates in great extracurriculars, volunteers, and she gets along with her parents. She has everything going for her, she’s even a national scholar! Then she finds out that she and her family are undocumented immigrants and everything Jasmine has worked for comes crumbling down.
When I found out about this book, I was really excited to read it. I’ve been waiting for a book about undocumented immigrants and a book with a person of color as the main character (Not that there aren’t other amazing books with people of color as the main characters, there are). And yet, I was really disappointed when I finished the book. I really wanted to like this book; I was really hoping that I would.
The book was way longer than it needed to be. There were so many extra conversations/arguments and extra scenes that the book just didn’t need. Also, I felt like I was reading a book from the point of view of a fourteen year old girl, not a high school senior. Jasmine would say and do things that I, a sixteen year old girl, would never say or do.
“I like him so much, and if he doesn’t feel the same, I don’t know what I’ll do.” (De La Cruz 131)
The romance between Jasmine and Royce also became a problem through out the book. During multiple points in the book it felt like I was reading a romance novel, not a book about the issues that undocumented immigrants face. Their relationship took over most of the plot in the book. Jasmine also got jealous easily. She got jealous just by seeing him talking to another girl. Their relationship also moves way to quickly and they break up twice then get back together again.
I didn’t completely hate this book, there were some good parts in it. I loved learning more about the Filipino culture because I honestly don’t know much about it. I also loved the strong familial bonds that are present in Jasmine’s family. The book also shows that relying on other people isn’t bad, it can actually be helpful. And in Jasmine’s case, relying on other people really did help her. As I said before, this is a book that our country desperately needs, but just not the one it deserves.