The #1 New York Times bestselling author visits with her new novel, about a hardworking teenager on her way to a prestigious college and scholarship when she discovers that she and her Filipino family are undocumented immigrants.
Jasmine de los Santos has always done what's expected of her. 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 to the school of her dreams.
And then everything shatters. Her parents are forced 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.
As she's trying to make sense of who she is in this new reality, her world is turned upside down again by Royce Blakely. He's funny, caring and spontaneous—basically everything she's been looking for at the worst possible time—and now he's something else she may lose.
Jasmine will stop at nothing to protect her relationships, family and future, all while figuring out what it means to be an immigrant in today's society.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ grew up in Manila and San Francisco. She is the author of the novels Cat's Meow
(Scribner, 2001) and The Au Pairs
(Simon & Schuster, 2004). She coauthored the nonfiction books How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less
(Ballantine, 2003) and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas
(Ballantine, 2004). Her work has been translated into many languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.