,Something in Between – Melissa De La Cruz – Realistic, Friendship
Jasmine’s senior year is going great. She is class valedictorian, a national scholarship winner, and captain of an award-winning cheerleading squad. While her Filipino family is very close, her parents have a secret. They, along with their children, are undocumented immigrants. This means Jasmine does not qualify for her college scholarships, her only hope of going to college. Add to this that her boyfriend is Royce Blakely, son of Congressman Blakely, who is sponsoring an anti-immigration bill in Washington, DC. Suddenly, Jasmine’s future is very uncertain as the bill seeks to send all undocumented immigrants back to their country of origin. Jasmine does not remember that country. She doesn’t know the language. Will she really have to leave the US and the American Dream? Will she ever be able to go to college?
This is a timely novel as our government deals with the issues of undocumented immigrants and their children who may be citizens of the US.