Bound To Stay Bound

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 Today Tonight Tomorrow
 Author: Solomon, Rachel Lynn

 Publisher: Simon Books (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
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 BTSB No: 834105 ISBN: 9781534440241
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11


Price: $10.65

Summary:
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory. As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years.




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School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 9 Up—It's the last day of senior year and Rowan is awakened by a text from her nerdy nemesis, Neil. Their epic rivalry has spanned all four years of high school and both of them hope to be awarded the coveted title of valedictorian. When Rowan gets salutatorian, she vows to best Neil one last time at Howl, a senior class scavenger hunt. But they team up after overhearing their peers strategizing to take them down. As Rowan and Neil work together, their rivalry begins to give way to friendship and, to no one's surprise but their own, romance. Told from Rowan's perspective and featuring ephemera from her high school journey, this story is equal parts coming of age, tender romance, and a love letter to Seattle. Rowan and Neil's banter is sharp and their clever solutions to the scavenger hunt move the story along at breakneck speed. Featuring a racially diverse cast, the story does a great job of balancing the action with important discussions about how damaging stereotypes can be. Readers bear witness to Rowan's defense, as an aspiring writer, of the romance genre in the face of backlash from her friends, family, and her rival. VERDICT A thoughtful and current story, and a fun summer read.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 9 Up—It's the last day of senior year and Rowan is awakened by a text from her nerdy nemesis, Neil. Their epic rivalry has spanned all four years of high school and both of them hope to be awarded the coveted title of valedictorian. When Rowan gets salutatorian, she vows to best Neil one last time at Howl, a senior class scavenger hunt. But they team up after overhearing their peers strategizing to take them down. As Rowan and Neil work together, their rivalry begins to give way to friendship and, to no one's surprise but their own, romance. Told from Rowan's perspective and featuring ephemera from her high school journey, this story is equal parts coming of age, tender romance, and a love letter to Seattle. Rowan and Neil's banter is sharp and their clever solutions to the scavenger hunt move the story along at breakneck speed. Featuring a racially diverse cast, the story does a great job of balancing the action with important discussions about how damaging stereotypes can be. Readers bear witness to Rowan's defense, as an aspiring writer, of the romance genre in the face of backlash from her friends, family, and her rival. VERDICT A thoughtful and current story, and a fun summer read.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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