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ISBN: 1442458658     ISBN-13: 9781442458659
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2014
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Annotation: Mo is not only Annie's best friend, he is the one who helps her cope with the loss of her older sister, so when he learns he must leave Kentucky and return to Jordan with his family, Annie suggests a shocking alternative.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Best friends; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012039166
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.50" (0.80 lbs) 424 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q61478
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 22.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Platonic teenage best friends Mo (short for Mohammed) and Annie have always been there for each other, so Annie decides to marry Mo to avoid him being deported to Jordan. Though both characters are smart, they're also short-sighted and don't realize the consequences, personally and legally, of their choice. The alternating narration--particularly Mo's snarky voice--propels the somewhat over-packed story.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 September #1)

Intriguing but neglected subplots aren't enough to right Martinez's (The Space Between Us) imbalanced novel. Studious Mo and artistic Annie, who alternate narrator duties, have been best friends for seven years, when Annie's sister's murder and Mo's arrival from Jordan to an Iraq War–shy Kentucky made them both outcasts. Just before their senior year, Mo's plans for both the summer and his future are jeopardized when his family suddenly has to return to Jordan. Although Mo and Annie are both smart and resourceful, they immediately decide that the only way to keep Mo in the U.S. is to get married. To keep their relationship believable, the couple must lie to their families, Annie's new boyfriend, and the entire town. The ensuing complications surrounding the teens' marriage and the technicalities of immigration law swallow the more believable and accessible storylines of Annie's family's grief, Mo's complex relationship toward his family and two countries, the everyday xenophobia and prejudice he witnesses, and the pair's changing friendship as they move into adulthood. Ages 14–up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 December)

Gr 9 Up—Mo and Annie have been friends since fifth grade. Living in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, hasn't been easy for Mo (aka Mohammed Ibrahim Hussein), who has battled racism for years, or for Annie, who is still coping with her older sister's kidnapping and murder. The pair have found solace from the outside world in each other. About to begin their junior year, the teens find out that Mo's family is in danger of being deported back to Jordan because of his father's recent unemployment. In order to keep her best friend in the U.S., Annie decides to marry him. They keep it a secret as long as they can, but things blow up in their faces. Through this heartfelt, yet misguided, ploy, they sacrifice the best of themselves—including Annie's chance at happiness with a new boy, Reed. Told in alternating chapters, the story seamlessly switches points of view without interrupting the fast pace. This is a novel about family, friendship, love, and sacrifice that will have readers rooting for the narrators as they try to save their relationship and navigate through very real and current issues.—Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX

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