Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz

(SPOILERS SPOILERS BE AWARE)
Rating: 3/5

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.

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Lois Lane: Fallout

Title: Lois Lane: Fallout

Author: Gwenda Bond

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 Fallout follows Lois Lane in, what you would call, another universe. Here she is a teenager and an army brat who has moved way too many times. Her father, General Sam Lane, has finally decided to stay in one place for awhile. Metropolis. Lois wants to fly low, fit in, stay quiet, and most importantly make a few friends. Of course her plan doesn’t quite workout, instead she runs into some trouble. 

I really liked this book. I especially liked Lois. And honestly, when I started reading this book, I didn’t know much about her. I just knew she worked with Superman and was a reporter. This book gave me a lot of insight on who she is and what she stands for. Books, for me, have always given me that. 

I also really enjoyed the plot. It was very fast-paced and made the book easier to read. 

What I didn’t like about this book was that Lois stayed the same through out the entire book. We learn about who she is, but not as much as I would have liked to learn. She’s so focused on everyone around her that she doesn’t pay attention to herself. I’m hoping that the next book goes a lot more deeper.

One last thing, I loved that Clark Kent wasn’t physically in the book. I liked that this book was about Lois, not about Superman’s love interest.

Buzzkill

Author: Beth Fantaskey (I love her name!!)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 I haven’t read mystery books in awhile and this was a great way to get back into it. 

In the book Millie Ostermeyer, the main character, just wants to sail through her last year in high school. Of course, that doesn’t happen. Instead she finds the dead body of the head football coach. And the prime suspect is her father. Millie has to clear her fathers name and find the real killer. 

As I read this book, I realized that this book wasn’t just a mystery book. This book included Millie’s relationship with her father, which wasn’t going well. Surprisingly a murder brought them closer together.

There was also some romance, which I loved, but it started taking away from the murder. At some points it started feeling like I was reading a romance novel and not a murder mystery. I feel that the book would’ve been so much better if more of the focus was on solving the mystery and not falling in love.