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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.
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.