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.
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens, including the Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, and the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series. A former fashion and beauty editor, she divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
I was so happy to get to meet Melissa De La Cruz not once but twice this year!! She is so nice!!!! I really liked this story! I won't spoil anything for you. The story was wonderful and engaging. There was only one part I didn't like. The MC with the winning of this prestigious award. I think that part needed updated for this time period. Jasmine didn't even have a 4.0 and she's getting a full ride to collage? I just don't see it happening. She was so smart in this but I think she needed more to get this award.
Other than that this book was a hit out of the park! This book if you are going to read it. Read it NOW! Its full of politics about immigrants etc. and well its something that I think would open many people's eyes to the lives of immigrants and how they are treated.
The romance in this was very cute. It didn't over power the story.
The ending was a little rushed if you ask me. But it was still full and complete and the author gives us a little note at the end. That I would recommend those who read this book to read that as well. It gives you information on why this subject is close to the author's heart.
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