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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 de
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Jasprit
3.5 stars

The Vow was another book which I had highly been anticipating, the pretty cover and story of two friends who would do anything for one another I found highly appealing. However in parts it delivered everything I was asking for, but in other parts it left me feeling sort of conflicted.

Mo and Annie had been friends for years, no one ever understood their friendship; how could these two only just be friends? But Annie and Mo found friendship in one another when they had nobody else. Mo and
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Kelly
Wow, that was an emotional ride. The story was well written and makes you feel the character's emotions. I laughed and cried so much while reading this book, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Mo's such a funny guy you can't help yourself but laugh at what he's saying.

Mo and Annie are best friends for years now, and even if no one believes them when they're telling their relationship is platonic, they don't really care because they loves each other. They're both struggling with what life is thr
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Isamlq
In this one we have rash decisions founded on a long time relationship that defies definition. I've got to hand it to Jessica Martinez... neither of her previous books feel as different as this one does. The leads and their connection to each other especially stand out.. then there's what's allowed to happen because of that link.

The two are set apart but for reasons that differ. He's the foreigner come into a small town community where people make it their business to know what others around th
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sunset shimmer
Sep 20, 2014 sunset shimmer marked it as to-read
No one has ever believed that Mo and Annie are just friends. How can a guy and a girl really be best friends?

I find that a little stupid/ignorant. A guy and a girl can very much be strictly BFFs, even if they're both straight. But whatever.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Can I just say WOW and WOW again because The Vow is one of those books that will take you there and by there I mean it will have you thinking about things you never ever thought you would think about.So I have to give kudos to Jessica Martinez for doing her homework and creating a story that crosses every boundary known to man. Lord first off getting married at 17 or 18 is a crazy idea but then marrying your best friend is even crazier and the reason behind said marriage is even crazier than I e ...more
Sara Grochowski

The Vow is Jessica Martinez's third young adult novel, following her debut, Virtuosity, and her sophomore offering, The Space Between Us. If you've never read one of Martinez's novels, what are you waiting for?? Like her first two books, The Vow is impossible to put down and incredibly intense.

Annie and Mo have been best friends since Annie came to Mo's rescue in elementary school after an unfortunate pants wetting incident. Ever since, the two have been inseparable. Mo is sarcastic and super fo
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Siew Ee
I have come across so many stories of people entering marriages of convenience for the sake of a US green card that “The Vow” should not have attracted my attention. However, it did, mainly because this is the first time the subject matter is introduced in a YA book, and my first thought was : Will this be a book that Lea will read?'

Mo and Annie are best friends. Mo’s father loses his job and the family has to relocate back to Jordan. Annie proposes that they get married so that Mo can continue
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Mands
The plot of this sounds like the real life of a former friend...
Jenni Arndt
One thing that is always a pleasant surprise when it comes to contemporary novels for me is when one that I expected to be passive and fun ends up having way more layers than I could have imagined. That’s what happened with The Vow. Between the racism that Mo suffers and what happened in the past to Annie’s sister, there is a lot of emotion in this novel. Unfortunately some of the happenings in the story just seemed a bit too unrealistic for me to fully invest in it.

Annie and Mo have been best f
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Erica
Oh my goodness I loved this book! This book was exciting and fast paced. The two main characters, Annie and Mo, are typical best friends but they aren't romantic and are just simply friends but no one believes it except them. I beginning of this book I found to be a bit confusing just because you don't know why the characters are doing certain things until they explain later on. I thought the ending especially was heart wrenching but beautiful to read. I had a tears by the end of the novel. Whil ...more
Summer/Sunny McDaniel
Originally posted at Blue Sky Bookshelf

Note: If I had to give this a starred rating, I would give it a 2.5 so I rounded up.

When I saw the cover and then read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it. How could I not? Two best friends come together to save one of them from moving back to Jordan by falling in fake love. I went on Edelweiss and being a newbie member, I thought, why not? Then I got accepted.

Unfortunately, that was short-lived.

The story switched from Annie's to Mo's perspectives ever
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Geraldine (starian72)
Originally posted on my blog: Stack of Hardbacks

I usually don't read contemporary, because it seems like the plots are all along the same lines. But, after reading the synopsis for The Vow, it came across as something new and exciting; especially when it came to the plot. I mean having to marry your best friend to have him stay in the U.S is pretty crazy.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book, they were so real and easy to relate to. My favorite character had to be Mo hands down. Mo came
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Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder
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2.5 Stars

At a glance, reading the synopsis, this story sounds completely...ridiculous. It does, and for the better part of the novel, I couldn't bring myself to understand why anyone would want to write a novel about this. But near the end I could see why because this is a huge issue and the longer you think about it, it's a story about friendship but deeper and has a lot more meaning. The Vow is maybe the book that defines the line between best friends and best friends.

Characters aren't distin
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Fiction_TheNewReality
Review: A huge thank you to The ARCycling Program for providing me with this ARC copy for review! I was a little skeptical with this book at first. I usually don't read "unusual" contemporary novels, where the storyline is not flat-out love, but I decided to take a chance with The Vow, and I am so glad I did.

Storyline/Plot This storyline broke my heart. It was everything they couldn't say, everything they couldn't do, all wrapped up into one book. It was definitely a realistic concept written ve
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Melissa (i swim for oceans)
View the full review here:
http://www.iswimforoceans.com/2013/10...

Annie and Mo are about as close as you can be without actually being a couple. They know each other through and through and, above all else, they have their backs. Mo's life, however, is in turmoil when his father's work visa is denied and the inevitability of his deportation is imminent. Annie is equally devastated, but she's determined to do something. The answer is there, but it could change everything - even there friendship.
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Wisteriouswoman
Loved it! Even if it is a bit unbelievable, I loved all the lessons learned--painfully yet truly.

I know what it is like to feel burdened by trying to please a parent that can't be pleased. You see how Annie doesn't have a chance to pull away from her family situation and rebel in the normal teenage way of things. So when she does try to separate from her parents it is in a big way. But that has many pitfalls too because she is still trying to please someone else--to make their life better even
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Books
Although The Vow is not exactly an edge-of-your-chair, adrenalin rush inducing read, I found myself unable to put it down. Mo doesn't want to return to Jordan, and Annie is determined to help him remain in America. For them to marry and hence, secure immigration for Mo, seems to be a very obvious answer to the problem. Only, did Annie and Mo stop to consider questions like immigration fraud and the hazards of living together?

The magic of this book is in the characters. Annie, a lonely girl, unab
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Rennie Lee
Some days ago, I picked up The Vow at a library as the summary seemed pretty interesting to me. However, it didn't turn out to be that good of a read for me.

First of all, the introduction of the book was rather confusing and I couldn't grasp what was happening at the start. It got me trying really hard to figure out what exactly was supposed to be going on. Personally, I prefer an introduction that goes straight to the point, rather than one that describes a situation in one big circle before t
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Garima
This wasn't bad. I probably would have rated it 3 stars if it wasn't for the end. It just didn't do it for me.

The premise of this story was definitely out there...unrealistic. But somehow, it didn't bother me all too much. I thought it was well-written. I loved how Jessica Martinez made the ending and beginning of chapters connect. Subtle yet effective. I felt like I could relate to the characters, and for the most part, they seemed very real.

For the most part. There were inconsistencies, especi
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Jelsa Mepsey
Yays:
Loved how Mo's ethnicity played into the story. Not only were issues present that many minorities encounter, but those that are specific to Mo for being from Jordan. It was wonderful to have a non-white character represented in a true, authentic way--that his culture didn't override the story, but didn't hide either.
The friendship between Annie and Mo. It really is true that some guys and girls can be extremely close and just never end up falling in love with each other in a romantic way. I
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Andrea
So slow I skipped entire chapters to get to some action...which never happened! I thought she was going to fall in love with this guy, when I skipped to the end and they were in the same place they were in chapter one I was like seriously? If that's the pay off I get for my time investment then I'll read something else.
Sophie
There’s going to be a lot of ranting in this review, because as an international student, I can relate to a lot of the immigration issues that Jessica Martinez (Canadian!) brings up in The Vow. I found myself inevitably drowning in the book, and even though I kind of knew how the story would end, it didn’t make The Vow any less emotional to read. Martinez captured the feelings of a heartwrenching friendship while tackling serious issues such as illegal immigration, race discrimination, and rape. ...more
Abigail
3.5 stars- the first contemporary YA book I've read in a while with an interesting premise and that felt emotionally genuine. I would have been happy to leave of the missing sister and the abuse she suffered (do we need this kind of thing in every contemporary YA book to make this genre gritty and thus legitimate? ) since all decent parents are protective of their children anyway- their extreme paranoia didn't add much to the plot. There was something particularly charming about both main charac ...more
Mary Catherine
I know it's only March, but this should go on everyone's reading list for the fall season. So not what I was expecting (but what I was expecting, I'm not even sure) and a beautiful, realistic story of all types of love.
Avery
The Vow by Jessica Martinez is about a girl named Annie and her Best friend Mo. Everything seems perfect for the two of them, Annie gets a new job, MO gets on the basketball team and colleges are already looking at him. But then they get earth shattering news, Mo is being deported back to where he grew up in Jordan. Annie is desperate to keep her best friend and the only thing keeping her sane in the states, so she comes up with a plan, They should get married. Sounds like the perfect plan, get ...more
Samantha
This is the first novel in a while that I can say I liked. Did I love it? No. It was somewhat predictable. Mo loses his immigration status when his father loses his job and loses his work visa. The prospect of losing her best friend is too much for Annie and she proposes they get married to get Mo permanent resident status. The problem? They're 18 and in their senior year of high school and WAYYYY to young to get married. (Just my opinion....) In walks Reed. Will Reed be the kink in the chain fo ...more
Hailey
I liked this book, but I didn't. The premise sounded good, but the book itself was just... eh. You see, The Vow was one of those books where you could skip 300 pages and *still* understand the ending. It was just sooooo slllooowwwwwwwwww and I felt I was at page 90-something and nothing had happened, although I guess there are books out there that are like that. I did, however, like the fact that one chapter ended with one sentence, and the next began in a variation of that sentence. The story w ...more
Mimi Laso
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Amanda (Born Bookish)
This is a story of friendship, family, and love. What would you give up for your best friend? Would you give up family? A chance at true love? Your future? These are the questions Annie is challenged with when her best friend Mo is going to be deported.

The story is told from dual points-of-view. I didn’t particularly love either main character, but out of the two I think Mo was my favorite. Mo was bitter and rough around the edges for a seventeen year old, but there were moments when his funny,
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Bookworm1858
Source: Received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review through Edelweiss.

I have read Martinez's Virtuosity so was excited to see this new book by her especially with its very different premise. Annie and Mo have long been best friends, both having felt ostracized from their normal peers. Annie in the shadow of the kidnapping and death of her popular older sister and Mo as a Muslim-Jordanian boy in a post-9/11 Kentucky. Neither quite fits in but they get each other. Until the devastating news
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“And where's my ring?

She laughs, drops her fists in her lap. 'Your Ring? Where's my ring? And why aren't you down on one knee?'

Because I'm driving and because you're the one who asked me. Everybody knows the asker supplies the jewelry.

'Everybody knows? You made that up- how would everybody know? The guy always buys the ring.'

Moneys tight. How about Junior Mints and a Coke instead?

'Deal,' she says.”
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