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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This 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 bit more background to the story.
6.5 out of 10