Bound To Stay Bound

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 Some other now
 Author: Everett, Sarah

 Publisher:  Clarion (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 359 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 318076 ISBN: 9780358251866
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Family life -- Fiction
 Sick -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction
 Depression (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Racially mixed people -- Fiction

Price: $9.01

Jessi is caught between two brothers as the three navigate family, loss, and love over the course of her seventeenth and eighteenth summers.

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/20)
   School Library Journal (00/11/20)
   Booklist (01/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/21)

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School Library Journal - 11/01/2020 Gr 8 Up—Since the age of seven, Jessi has considered the Cohen family her own. She and Rowan play tennis and talk about everything; they are still best friends now at the age of 17. Luke has also always been there, another honorary and loyal brother. Even though the boys' mom, Mel, has cancer, she is accessible and accepting, the kind of mother Jessi needs because her own is bedridden by depression and not an active part of Jessi's life. Something terrible happens that rips the Cohens and Jessi apart, creating a rift between Jessi and Mel. Everett uses alternating time lines: "Then" is when Jessi, channeling Mel's joie de vivre, is brave and kisses Luke for the time, setting off a romance that enchants but ends frustratingly. "Now" is when Jessi is enticed into Luke's plan to pretend that they are back together to make Mel happy in her dying days. Everett is a master at dropping clues in these alternating time lines that cause readers to predict and question, compelling the romance and the complexities of Jessi's relatable life along. With foils like lovely friend Willow and cranky octogenarian Ernie, Everett enmeshes Jessi and Luke in the myopia of teenage self-blame, survivor's guilt, and a love triangle. Race and mental health play minor roles; Jessi's mother is white and father is Black, and Mel's parents are from the Philippines. VERDICT Though it takes 117 pages for Everett to drop the bomb of the worst thing, the story picks up unbridled steam of page-turning romance and existential angst as Jessi eventually learns there is no other now.—Jamie Winchell, Percy Julian M.S., IL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2021 The Cohen family was the center of Jessi’s life ever since she and Rowan became best friends at age seven. Jessi never knew who she loved more: Ro himself, his mother, Mel, or his older brother, Luke. Their suburban home was a warm contrast to her own, where her mother was bedridden with untreated depression. When Luke was about to leave for college and Jessi and Ro were beginning their senior year, Mel learned she had terminal cancer. Jessi reacted by seizing the day and, finally, kissing Luke. Ro began to drink. Now, nearly a year later, Jessi hasn’t seen the Cohens for months. Luke, home for the summer, insists Jessi visit Mel again during her final weeks. As it toggles between then and now chapters, the novel builds in intensity until it reveals the tragedy at its core. From the first page, Everett’s assured prose draws the reader into a world of sympathetic characters grappling with first romantic relationships and realistic family struggles. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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