The Vow

Author: Jessica Martinez 
Pages: 432 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): No one has ever believed that Mo and Annie are just friends. How can a guy and a girl really be best friends? 

Then the summer before senior year, Mo’s father loses his job, and by extension his work visa. Instantly, life for Annie and Mo crumbles. Although 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 returning to a world where he no longer belongs terrifies him. 

Desperate to save him, Annie proposes they tell a colossal lie—that they are in love. Mo agrees because marrying Annie is the only way he can stay. Annie just wants to keep her best friend, but what happens when it becomes a choice between saving Mo and her own chance at real love?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Mo and Annie have been inseparable since the day she rescued him from an embarrassing pants-peeing incident on a school fieldtrip in grade school. But the thing is, all they've ever been is friends. Best friends - nothing more and nothing less, despite what the citizens of their tiny southern town may think. The two are comfortable in their platonic relationship, and know that as long as they have each other, everything will be alright.

But when Mo's dad looses his job and his work visa, things take a turn for the worst. With their imminent separation looming, Annie suggests something crazy: she and Mo get married secretly so that he won't be deported.

They go through with the plan, but soon discover that married life is anything but bliss. Can their friendship survive the strain (and the government investigation into their marriage), or will Mo have to return to Jordan?

My Thoughts: This was definitely one of those books that makes you stop and think. The premise itself made me wonder: could I ever do what Annie did, even for my best friend? The unique take on what it means to love someone really got me thinking, and the situation the characters found themselves in was both realistic and horrible.

Mo and Annie were incredibly well-developed characters. Each had their own distinct personality, but they were similar in a way that never made you doubt they were best friends. I also really enjoyed the view on platonic friendships between two best friends of the opposite sex - it reminded me a little of When Harry Met Sally in the way that it was very realistic and didn't make you think that the sole purpose of the friendship was a stepping stone to a relationship. 
Martinez's writing was easy to follow and pulled me right in from the first page. Her dialogue was witty and clever, and the way she transitioned from Annie's chapters to Mo's chapters was very smooth and kept me hooked. The plot was always engaging and well paced, and I never felt like there was a lull.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of contemporary YA as well as realistic fiction & romance. I'll definitely be checking out more from the author in the future!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting plot! Even more interesting to see it as YA


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