Something in Between (audiobook)
by Melissa de la Cruz
Jasmine de los Santos is a high school senior, valedictorian, captain of the cheerleading squad, and all around perfect girl. When she wins a national scholarship to the college of her choice, her Filipino parents reveal to her that they don’t have green cards and are in America illegally (which she prefers to call “undocumented”). Jasmine also has a boyfriend with a congressman for a father. Jasmine and her family navigate the legal system to become legal and suffer the consequences of their undocumented status, all while she falls in love with her rich Beverly Hills boyfriend and helps her friends with their issues.
What I liked about this book was that I learned about politics. I didn’t know about the laws or the process to become a citizen or get a green card. I was able to learn more about our government. It wasn’t a great book, but like most books, I had to see it to the end. I binge-listened to it so I could find a new book to read.
What I didn’t like about the book was the way Jasmine and her friends spoke. Or maybe it was the way it was read. I don’t have words like “player” in my vocabulary, so it kind of bugged me. Maybe I’m too old to read books about popular girls. I was also so annoyed about certain events, and that may be a personal thing because I feel like girls (all young people, really) should be young and enjoy being young without rushing into relationships or marriage. Seriously, I know very few people who found their soulmates at 17 years old. That may be the feminist in me. I didn’t like the accents, which I found forced (I married into a Filipino family so I’m familiar with the accents, and the accents were too precise).
Book 48 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)