The Vow

The Vow

by Jessica Martinez


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442458642
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jessica Martinez lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, her two children, and her violin. She spends her days writing, running, and teaching her children to be music lovers. She is the author of Virtuosity, The Space Between Us, and The Vow. Visit her at

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The Vow 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
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, unable to move past her sister's disappearance, befriends an equally lonely and displaced Mo; the kind of person who puts everything into a friendship, is extremely loyal and will sacrifice everything to help a friend, Annie commits to helping Mo realize his dream of studying and living in America. All this at the most likely cost of her own chance at a real love interest.  Mo, on the other hand, is a bit less mature than Annie and, at times, even childish. Despite this he is, however, wonderfully funny. Mo's sharp wit and slightly acid-tongued dialogue often made me laugh out loud. The nail-biting suspense in this book happens when you know that Mo's smart mouth is going to get him into enormous trouble; something that happens with refreshing regularity. Then there is Reed, every girl's dream of a handsome, sweet natured guy. At first he seems rude but eventually he thaws to become a truly kind and, in the end, forgiving person. For those who love a good, tender romance with a healthy dash of the poignant, The Vow will more than satisfy you. Although it looks like there would be a love triangle between Annie, Mo and Reed, this fortunately doesn't happen in the true and very clichéd sense of the word. For a story that will warm your heart and often make you laugh, I recommend The Vow as a satisfying and fulfilling read. (Ellen Fritz)
netflix_n_nutella More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING! I could not bring myself to put it down. I really felt that I connected with it, being that fact that we both had to choose between two guys. The ending is so sad tho. I really wish Mo could have found a way to stay. Sorry if I ruined the ending for any of you who haven't finished or read it yet;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't thinkk there needed to be a big life-changing plot in order for this book to be great,which by the way it was it was about the power of friendship and what you're willing to do for those you love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love love love
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I found myself thinking constantly about this book as I was reading. It is such a different concept for a YA novel. I loved the interaction between characters and their development. I have an 18 year old daughter and could definitely see the similarity in behaviors and what I though she might do in a similar situation. It definitely had me thinking. I felt that it ended abruptly however and would have liked to have some interaction between Mo and Reed. I think we should have seen them meet, it could have been a fun chapter. I also would have liked to see more of the resolve played out. Teens can definitely use some good examples of how to resolve situations instead of always getting into them and then having them just disappear.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
I didn't really know what to expect going into this one. I'm a huge fan of Jessica Martinez, but even having read her two previous books, this one seemed like a big question mart. It's an interesting concept, and she held up beautifully. One of my favorite things about this book is how it's truly just two teenagers, in a situation where they are so clearly over their heads, where they just couldn't see all the problems inherent to this plan. It's painful, and the dual POV only upped the emotional aspect of it. I felt so much for both of them, but what stood out the most is how when I'm in one character's head, I'm siding with them, even if it means I'm not liking the other as much...until the POV shift, then I'm all for that other character. I so completely understood Mo and Annie, and I absolutely wanted what's best for them - except in this case, through the whole book, I had a hard time deciding what was best. To stay together, even if it means they've sort of lost their families? To be separated, lose that part of themselves, but especially for Mo, to be with their families? A mix of the two seemed impossible. Add to that the strong, distinct voices, and all the problems the pair faces, both individually and together, and this one is definitely a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically she leaves him at the end and there was no real plot to it.