Well what I may suggest, going through a similar situation, is that u can go be friends with the person-dont get too serious with the whole thing. There is a difference in being friends with someone and actually coming into relationship with that guy. Becoming friends with him will allow u to know him more and would further help u in deciding whether the guy is really worth upsetting yior parents and defying islam (in a way).
Islam practically doesn't stop us from doing anything except for what might have some hidden harm in it in one way or the other OR at least have some risk of harm!
So I would suggest to just reevaluate the whole situation once..be friends with the guy to knw him more [this doesn't necessarily mean hanging out with the person or even going talking to him face to face- u can try texting (i have experienced this myself) then judge if your feelings have a chance of being reciprocated..if u see things flowing in the positive channel, u may continue the friendship;let it slowly take the romantic course if it does naturally and then at the right time-whenever it is- let things be known to your parents!
As a Muslim myself, I'd just advise you to do whatever feels right for you. Religion is how you feel it, not what you should be expected to do. Do what you believe is right, not what you think you're supposed to believe is right. You can allow your relationship to reflect your culture, if your religion/culture promotes abstinence, then you can wait for that and allow the morals of to create guidelines. At the end of the day, it's what you believe and what feels right. In the end, only God can judge you so do what is YOUR belief alone. All the best xx
But whatsoever don't get too serious first or don't just let it slip from your hands from just a few compliments- maintain your composure and DON'T loose your self respect. This warning is there to save you from the psychological harm and heart break if the guy turns out to be a total dishrag- u never knw it with boys and u need to be xtra careful cause of your parents and religion!