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The vow
Martínez, Jessica.
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First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon Pulse, [2013]

Physical Description:
424 pages ; 22 cm
Mo is not only eighteen-year-old Annie's best friend, he is the one who helps her cope with the loss of her older sister, so when he learns he must leave Kentucky and return to Jordan with his family, Annie suggests a shocking alternative.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 4.4 22 Quiz: 61478.
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When two teens with complex motives plan to marry, their friendship is put to the ultimate test in this compelling novel from the author of Virtuosity .

Mo and Annie are just friends. Close friends, best friends, friends who love each other more than anyone else in the world--but just friends. No matter what anyone thinks, there's simply no romance between them.

Then the summer before senior year Mo's father loses his job--and his work visa. Even though Mo has lived in America for most of his life, he'll be forced to move to Jordan. The prospect of leaving his home is devastating, and he's terrified to return to a world where he no longer belongs.

So Annie proposes they tell a colossal lie: that they are in love. Mo agrees that marrying Annie is the only way he can stay, and Annie is desperate to help her friend. But what happens next may be enough to rip their relationship apart forever.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Romances often hinge upon a lie that threatens to tear apart our hopeful lovebirds but the lie here is an especially intriguing one. Still smarting from the death of her sister, 18-year-old Annie gets a summer job at her sister's former workplace: the custard shop, Mr. Twister. There she falls for rugged Reed (brace yourself for a lot of mooning about his eyes). The problem is that Annie's male BFF, Mo, is about to get deported to Jordan after his dad loses his job. The solution? Annie and Mo will elope so he can stay. Martinez impresses with a sober, well-researched litany of unforeseen issues. For starters, it's a felony if they don't act like a married couple for two whole years sharing a bed, family photos, all that. Meanwhile, the pressures of gobsmacked friends and family begin to wear them down. It's a blast of cold water for anyone sighing at the romance of the gesture. While the Reed plot offers the requisite flirtiness, the book's backbone is it's strong male-female friendship and that's a nice change.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Intriguing but neglected subplots aren't enough to right Martinez's (The Space Between Us) imbalanced novel. Studious Mo and artistic Annie, who alternate narrator duties, have been best friends for seven years, when Annie's sister's murder and Mo's arrival from Jordan to an Iraq War-shy Kentucky made them both outcasts. Just before their senior year, Mo's plans for both the summer and his future are jeopardized when his family suddenly has to return to Jordan. Although Mo and Annie are both smart and resourceful, they immediately decide that the only way to keep Mo in the U.S. is to get married. To keep their relationship believable, the couple must lie to their families, Annie's new boyfriend, and the entire town. The ensuing complications surrounding the teens' marriage and the technicalities of immigration law swallow the more believable and accessible storylines of Annie's family's grief, Mo's complex relationship toward his family and two countries, the everyday xenophobia and prejudice he witnesses, and the pair's changing friendship as they move into adulthood. Ages 14-up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Mo and Annie have been friends since fifth grade. Living in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, hasn't been easy for Mo (aka Mohammed Ibrahim Hussein), who has battled racism for years, or for Annie, who is still coping with her older sister's kidnapping and murder. The pair have found solace from the outside world in each other. About to begin their junior year, the teens find out that Mo's family is in danger of being deported back to Jordan because of his father's recent unemployment. In order to keep her best friend in the U.S., Annie decides to marry him. They keep it a secret as long as they can, but things blow up in their faces. Through this heartfelt, yet misguided, ploy, they sacrifice the best of themselves-including Annie's chance at happiness with a new boy, Reed. Told in alternating chapters, the story seamlessly switches points of view without interrupting the fast pace. This is a novel about family, friendship, love, and sacrifice that will have readers rooting for the narrators as they try to save their relationship and navigate through very real and current issues.-Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.