Parents' Guide to

Something in Between

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen romance inspires empathy for immigrants.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Very entertaining!

I definitely enjoyed reading this! As someone who has been an American citizen since birth, it was very interesting to see someone else’s view of America. I enjoyed reading about the growth and development of Jasmine’s relationship. Some may say that it was too much of an on and off, back and forth, sort of relationship, but I think that it was just the right amount cheesiness. I don’t think that this book will change any teen’s political beliefs on illegal immigration, it simply gives another point of view. The intention of this book was simply to tell an inspirational story about a young girl who persevered through struggle with bravery and courage. Overall, it was very entertaining and enjoyable. Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a fun, yet engaging and moving, story.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (5):

Veteran author Melissa de la Cruz gives us an engaging twist on the standard teen romance formula of young lovers from vastly different backgrounds fighting for a future together. Romance fans will be more than happy with the swoon-worthy Royce and hardworking, high-achieving Jasmine. But they'll also learn a lot about what it's like to be an undocumented immigrant and about the real effects America's laws and policies have on people's lives.

Something in Between blasts a number of stereotypes and provides refreshing insight into Filipino culture. Romance fans are unlikely to notice or mind some of the hokey dialogue and predictable plot twists, and they'll get a lot of food for thought, too.

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