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10 thoughts on “Something in Between

  1. says:

    Such a relevant important read Blew through it Here s my full booktalk Such a relevant important read Blew through it Here s my full booktalk


  2. says:

    I know this is a very personal story to the author as said in the author s note plus it s about immigrants and the themes of where do I belong that come with living in a country you weren t born in, and also the politics behind immigrations and how horrible the world can be to them But overall the writing didn t work for me and the romance was so full of miscommunications I couldn t even ship it The whiny back and forth we re together, no we re broken up is really not something I have I know this is a very personal story to the author as said in the author s note plus it s about immigrants and the themes of where do I belong that come with living in a country you weren t born in, and also the politics behind immigrations and how horrible the world can be to them But overall the writing didn t work for me and the romance was so full of miscommunications I couldn t even ship it The whiny back and forth we re together, no we re broken up is really not something I have patience for


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    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 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 prestigious universities After receiving an invitation to meet the President of the United States, she discovers her family is undocumented Filipino immigrants This shattered her chance for a scholarship, and a threat of deportation There, she meets Royce Blakely, the alluring son of a congressman who s opposed with an Immigration Reform.I initially thought the story would only explore the gritty reality of being immigrant, but de la Cruz added a lot of elements that made the story exceptionally exciting, and alluring She tackled the somber state stereotypes, oppression immigrant experience in daily basis These are deeply rooted in the plot It examines the privilege, and what is it like to be a minority in the US.There s nuances, non Immigrant, non Asian, or non Filipino wouldn t get It was subtly instilled in the plot Per example, the tension and discrimination between different kind of immigrants There are first generation immigrants, second or , and there s fob which means fresh off the boat It is usually used as an insult to alienate other immigrants who are deemed as less classy.Something in Between also balanced the realism by setting a precise fun tone storytelling There is a tight knit circle of family and friends The story weaved the rich family oriented culture of Filipino It s refreshing to read something akin to my own background Love Interest The love interest, Royce Blakely isn t your standard YA boyfriend He s a dyslexic, biracial Mexican American boy His characterization instantly grabbed me I love it when I get to read male characters who have vulnerabilities within them He s quite a loner, who puts a lot of time studying with his tutors, and proving he is worththan his family s reputation The romance is everything After Jasmine met Royce, the charming, wealthy son The attraction is already flying up in the sky It got me hooked from the very first page It is the teenage fumbling romance between a two multicultural high schoolers It s a little bit of whirlwind insta love romance, but I like how the story gradually builds up their relationship, step by step There is the understandable insecurity and hesitation, because they come from different backgrounds, because some relationships take some time to get there Secondly, there s also the mutual love and respect for each other At the end of the day, they provided familiarity, and comfort to each other That s the key point of this pairing It s about abolishing the platitude two people who come from opposite upbringing can t be together They are teens of colors they are not supposed to have their life figured out at the age of eighteen..Extra selling point They did the cupping face trope, the i m cold im going to give you my coat trope I was swooning hard Something in Between tackles racial identity.I wasn t considered an American, I lost sight of who I was I thought a piece of paper defined me, that I was a different person, lesser But through ought this entire year, I ve found out that who I was never changed I let what the law said about me that I did, as a human being, was illegal, that I didn t belong in the place I d always known as my own home change my own perception of who I am.One of the essential theme of the story is how the children of immigrants are stuck between different cultures, how they should identify themselves Something in Between imparted a great message to its readers, especially to those who are experiencing the same struggles as Jasmine did In addition, the narrative explores the solidarity between different communities and our cultural dissonance.What jarred me about the story was Maria, and Jasmine s uncomfortable interaction with her Maria is the Filipino maid of Royce s family She s not a stereotypical portrayal of Filipino There is a lot of us who provide domestic service Our community celebrates our labor We are proud of it It only hurt us when non Filipino devalues the service we provide When they can only remember Filipino nannies exist when they want to prove a point how we are below the food chain This belief continues to dehumanize us Where are these people when we celebrate Filipino excellency Something in Between encapsulate the experience of young Filipino teens even adults feel this alienation Jasmine s discomfort towards Maria have everything to do with how society conditioned us to feel ashamed when we shouldn t.The wide financial privilege gap between Royce and Jasmine played a huge factor in the story It is a common teleserye trope called langit lupa Most YA books that I ve read never contemplate the rich poor dynamic It s something you can t easily dismiss, especially if you don t have the exact footing as the people you surround yourself with Alienation and insecurity will take hold of the place And Jasmine s response made me bawl, because I was there and I still find myself coming back to that place, sometimes Our diaspora, our shame, our proud I know I m always telling you to stop putting yourself down, I tell him But I was guilty of the same thing I put myself down I convinced myself everyone else was the one doing it, that it was your family that was judging me, that you were judging me, but I was the one who found me and my family lacking I was the one who was embarrassed to be who I was, embarrassed about where I came from.I was embarrassed that I was embarrassed, if you know what I mean I hated that I felt that way about myself I work so hard to hold my head up, to be proud of my culture, my background, my history I would never change my skin color, the shape of my eyes, or the color of my hair, but inside, I was worse than anyone out there who calls me a chink, or a FOB It is a damn spot on book, but I want everyone to see Jasmine and her family s story shouldn t be regaled as the representation of all for Filipino immigrants Jasmine said so herself, she s one of the many Despite her situation, her connection made it possible for her to achieve her dreams When I finished reading it, I realized the moral story isn t to resolve the reformation of immigration, but to give hope to one girl s dream Something in Between is a mirror and reflection for every teenager that need it.Things that I love Female friendship portrayal I love that Melissa embedded teenage issues and didn t brush in under the rugs You could see the girls making up for their mistake Being immigrant specifically an undocumented didn t make Jasmine a pariah instead she received an overwhelming support from her peers This is how you write diversity Criticism The republicans are portrayed too good for my liking They generally dismissed and alienate marginalized groups, it doesn t set down well with me I m quite disappointed with some of the ableist language being passed as a pun There are a handful of scenes where Jasmine s family members invalidate Royce s biracial background The story is supposed to be inclusive, let s thrive for that Something in Between would appeal to a chock full of readers I simply love that this book combines everything I love in contemporary YA, there s romance, strong political ambiance, racial inclusion, tight knit family and friendship I couldn t ask anything better Highly recommended to contemporary fans that dig Morgan Matson, and Jenny Han Review also posted at Hollywood News Source


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    3.5 5 starsThere 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 3.5 5 starsThere 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 predictable, but what YA contemporary isn t I loved having all the main characters and a majorit of the side characters all be POC it was so GREAT What I didn t really love was the writing It was pretty straight and flat and boring The story was interesting enough to keep me reading, but the actual writing of it was lackluster There was a bit of insta love and suspended disbelief again, YA contemporary life and though there were some really cute and nice parts and I felt some emotion during them, I wasn t invested enough to feel them deeply Even with that being said, I really do think a lot of people need this book and need to read this book It s a quick read but an important story READ IT


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    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 minewell 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 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 minewell 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 of my opportunities for granted the main character jasmine had so much growth and i can relate to her in 1000 ways of course i m not in high school any but the values and the work ethic that were instilled in Jasmine by her parents and the Filipino culture are something that I see in myself and my family This book made my heart so happy the romance was adorable and albeit a bit cheesy but hey it s okay What i loved the most about Jasmine and Royce s relationship is how much they taught each other about who they are and how their families shaped them as individuals and how it affected their relationship god i just loved this and i could go on, but you should really just read this yourself


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    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 anddramatic 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 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 anddramatic 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 de la Cruz for writing this book I ve been waiting for her to write another book about the Filipino experience and this book couldn t have been anytimely It perfectly encapsulates the experiences undocumented immigrants go through I really felt Jasmine s frustration.Overall, this is a must read for young adults in today s world and hopefully this book can inspire future leaders to make positive changes in regards to immigration


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    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 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 of Jasmine and her family s alien status through first introducing the reader to them as individuals I loved this approach as it meant that I created a bond with these characters before pitying their predicament and empathizing with their emotional quandary They arethan their green card, and de la Cruz introduces them as such.I felt that the initial emotional impact that this story generated was lost about the midday point Jasmine meets a boy, who happens to be the son of a political figure who is distinctly against the stay of illegal immigrants in the country That, and her strict Filipino parents, make their relationship a troubled one My issue with this arose when the main plot started to take a back seat to their romantic encounters and her angsty inner monologues concerning her feelings The two plot points did merge to make a whole, cohesive story but I still would have preferred this without any romance in it at all as it often felt surplus to the important story that was being narrated Jasmine was such an interesting character, her story a touching one and her feelings on it were honest and real this did not need romance or boy drama to boost appeal or popularity I adored the mix of ethnicity that this book offered, in both main and side characters and Jasmine s love for both her heritage and the USA were wonderful to read about The story also written with a beautiful, melodic and soulful tone to the writing that was so soothing to read I just wish that this story would have remained true to its initial synopsis There is already an overabundance of romance stories in the YA genre and this did not need to become another one of them


  8. says:

    Loved it


  9. says:

    04 20 16A book about Filipino immigrants Heck yeah, count me in.


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    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Harlequin UK Limited and NetGalleyI don t know I don t know what s going to happenThis 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 Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Harlequin UK Limited and NetGalleyI don t know I don t know what s going to happenThis 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 this was about Jasmine finding out from her parents that they were living in the US illegally, and realising that this meant that she wouldn t be able to accept the scholarship she was offered We then had Jasmine fighting to stay in the country and trying to find a way to get a different scholarship as well as a green card, whilst also finding a boyfriend along the way I did find that the book dragged a bit though, and the romance was pretty quick too.The ending to this was fairly happy if a little predictable This book did highlight an important issue though, and the author s note at the end was a nice touch and gave us a bitbackground to the story.6.5 out of 10


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Something in Between 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 ScholarshipAnd 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 DeportationFor 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