Sunday, August 18, 2013

For Your TBR Pile - The Vow

The Vow by Jessica Martinez

When it will be published: October 15th

From GoodReadsNo 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?

What I liked most: I loved that Martinez wrote a story about two completely plutonic best friends having to make the ultimate commitment to save their friendship. The dual POV was excellent and I felt for both characters and the very different consequences they experienced based on their decision. Mo's voice was excellent--full of intelligent snark, but would melt when he spoke about Annie or his sister. Plus, he had that damn cat to deal with. On the other hand, Annie was fierce and defiant against her parents' over protectiveness. I admired the way she made sacrifices so that the people she loved could be happy, and was happy to see her find her own in the end.

Why you should have it in your TBR pile: I love stories about friendships that become more, but in this case, it was so much more than more. There really isn't quite enough books about friendships that go beyond romance. Mo and Annie cared about each other in a way that went beyond lust or love or even this reader's expectations.

My favorite scene: Definitely when Mo moved into his own apartment and Annie had to come over and help him learn to live like a real human being and not a cretan teenage boy. Also, any scene with Satan's Cat.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen this before. Thanks for sharing it.


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