Book Tour: Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Title: Something In Between
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Published: October 04, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28688476-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
scholarship.

And 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
deportation.

For 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.

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** book review will be up soon! **
 

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“I could
start working,” I say. “I’ll give up cheer and get a job.” If they can work
with fake papers, so can I.
“No,
Jasmine,” Dad says. “You have to focus on school.”
But why?
I think. Why focus on school if we can’t afford to send me to college anyway?
Not without a scholarship, and I can’t get one if I’m not a citizen or a legal
resident.
“Absolutely
not,” Mom says. She reaches across the table and grabs my hands. “You need to
keep your focus on school. There must be scholarships or grants other than government
ones. Maybe we can take out a private loan or something.”
But how,
I want to say. She’s in denial, I think.
“We’ll
figure it out. You deserve to go,” she tells me.
“And you
deserve better than cleaning up other people’s messes, Mom,” I say. “You could
get a different kind of job.”
Dad
scoffs. “That’s not going to happen without citizenship. Or at least another
set of fake papers.”
“I’m
tired of lying,” Mom says. “We need to do things the right way.”
Mom
tells us that she’s found several lawyers who help undocumented people, but
they’re all shady. “It’s a scam. They want too much money. Isn’t there an
alliance out there of lawyers who want to help people like us who are already
here and have been for years?”
“Better
to leave it alone,” Dad says. “Fly under the radar. These issues are debated on
the news every day. Politicians never solve the problems. They just talk.
Worrying about it isn’t going to fix anything.”
“What if
your boss finds out you’re illegal?” Mom asks. “How do you know my supervisor won’t
call your boss? How do you know they won’t send someone to the house? Is that
how you want to live? Just waiting for the hammer to fall?”
“There’s
no hammer,” Dad says. “We just got unlucky. Thousands of undocumented workers
live in Los Angeles. What are they going to do? Deport all of us? Take a month
off. You need the break.”
“No,”
Mom says. “We need the money. I’ll get another job. I’ve done it before. I can
do it again. It just might take time to find the right one.”
Despite
our arguments, I love how my mother can be so tough. She may have a little
breakdown, but then she’s back up on her feet, fighting for herself again.
I’m a fighter too.
I run to
my room and pull the award letter out of my jewelry box. There’s a contact
email at the top. Suzanne Roberts. Liaison for the United States Department of
Education.
I
immediately type out a message on my phone apologizing for being so late and
wondering if I can still attend the dinner. Can they schedule a last-minute
flight for me? Am I too late? Did I miss the greatest opportunity I’ve had in
my whole life?
Send.
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 Boys and the tongue-in-chic
handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista
Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked
as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications
including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour,
Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen
Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on
fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up
in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she
graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart.
She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and
minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

Source: Goodreads

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