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Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
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.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Harlequin Teen for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
I work with refugees and immigrants in my job and was surprised with the honesty that this book was written. The quotes before each chapter were perfect and the sentiment behind the life that immigrants live was right on. I admit that there were pieces of the book that were too dramatic and juvenile for my taste(but likely would not have been for a younger reader, whom I imagine this book was made for) but, overall, it was a highly involving and interesting novel.
Worth staying up all night to read?
4 out of 5 stars.