Jasmine de los Santos was ready to take on the world. She did everything right. She was a good girl with excellent grades and made her parents proud. College is on the tips of her fingers, especially with National Scholar Award in her hands, when everything shatters. Her parents’ visas expired years ago. They don’t have a green cards which means they’re illegal, no college scholarship and probably deportation in the future. Jasmine is at lost and meeting the son of a congressman is not helping matters… or was it? Would Jasmine give up her American dream? Or would she fight for the man and country she loves?
“There’s something about remembering that just isn’t the same as the real thing. No matter how happy it makes you feel. When you remember something, you have to recognize that the moment will never happen again.”
It has been so long since I read something new by Melissa de la Cruz. This is also a first of her books with non-humans that I loved. Okay, I might be a bit biased since the heroine is a Filipino (like me!!!) but kidding aside, this book is a perfect YA read. It is not the clichéd high school drama and romance. It is more of finding oneself at the same time falling for the first time.
Despite being mature for her age, Jasmine still had lots of learning to do. I enjoyed the part where she acted more of a teenager that she really is. She was a bit naïve when it comes to relationships but I think that’s one of the things that actually helped her figure out who she really is. There were parts in the story that I felt a bit of frustrations with Royce. He seemed to be the perfect boyfriend but his loyalty to his family almost cost him Jasmine in the end. On the other hand, I admire him for not giving up no matter what because he knows that family is really important.
I love that almost all of the Filipino references were spot-on. I can’t help but squeal whenever something, no matter how small, related to our country was mentioned. It is true that we wear tsinelas or slippers inside the house. Adobo is really delicious. The great importance for education was also a big pressure. It hurts me when she had these thoughts of ‘hating’ the Philippines. I could understand that she really doesn’t want to leave USA because she believes that’s her home but our country is beautiful. I just wished that she gave it a chance.
Read: October 15, 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars