The Vow by Jessica Martinez
Review of The Vow
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The Vow by Jessica Martinez
October 15, 2013
Publisher via Edelweiss
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? – Goodreads
The first thing that comes to mind about The Vow by Jessica Martinez is holy intense plotline. And oh so good.
The Vow is one of those books where you get the general idea of how it’s going to end from the very beginning and you spend the whole book hoping you’re wrong because you really, really want it to end different, but then when the ending itself happens, you’re grudgingly like oh man, I guess that was actually perfect.
I loved all of the different elements in The Vow – Jessica Martinez is great at doing issues books without shoving those issues in your face, you know? Like The Vow had racism, the grief of losing a sibling, complicated friendships, controlling parents, first love, and just a lot of other elements, but Jessica Martinez weaves them together into one whole story brilliantly.
The Vow alternated between Mo’s point of view and Annie’s point of view, which I actually really liked it. And I usually just can’t stand alternating point of views, but I felt like the different perspectives really helped round out the story. I could more easily emphasize with Mo and Annie when they made decisions I didn’t necessarily agree with because I was getting everything from their point of view.
And man, I loved their friendship. And just everything about the two of them. Mostly Mo, I think. I liked Annie a lot, but sometimes I just wanted to shake her. Well, I wanted to shake Mo too sometimes. But together, I loved them.
Alright, anyway – basically, I really enjoyed The Vow by Jessica Martinez. If you’ve read her past work and enjoyed it, or if you’re just looking for a good, kind of out of the norm contemporary, I definitely recommend picking up The Vow.
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