Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Watson, Sarah

 Publisher:  Poppy/Little, Brown (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 377 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 922598 ISBN: 9780316454834
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 High schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Presidents -- Fiction

Price: $9.01

In 2049, as the President of the United States waits to be sworn in, she reflects on senior year in high school when she and her three dear friends vied for the attention of the future First Gentleman.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 510812

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 Gr 7 Up—Four friends—Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha—who have been tight since kindergarten are entering their senior year and beginning to face the realization that they will all be going in different directions. The opening chapter establishes that one will become President of the United States, but readers don't know which one. Is it Ava, an artist who is struggling with her future choices; CJ, an earnest do-gooder; Jordan, a budding ace journalist; or Martha, a strong young woman who is facing some hurdles in life? As the novel spans a year of their experiences, a red herring is thrown in to muddy the waters as to who the future president could be. Debut author Watson creates four appealing and diverse young women; however, the narrative can seem formulaic and strives hard to check all the boxes, thus feeling like a made-for-TV movie. But this coming-of-age drama has a twist that will throw off readers as to which young woman becomes president, as all are smart and capable, and worthy of the office. Plus, the message of enduring friendships is always important for young people to read. VERDICT A fun and light read, this book will appeal to teens who like contemporary fiction. A solid purchase.—Nancy McKay, Byron Public Library, IL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2020 This opens with a clever hook that will keep readers turning pages until the very end. One of four lifelong friends—budding journalist Jordon, earnest CJ, artist and adoptee Ava, and sexuality-questioning Martha—is waiting to be sworn in as president of the U.S. Her married last name is that of a high-school boy they all liked. So when the bulk of the story flashes back to their senior year, the question of just who married him and ascended to the country's highest office permeates their other trials and tribulations, of which there are many—everything from fears about a romance with a boy in a wheelchair to saving a park from demolition to finding a birth mother, and for all the girls, hopes and fears about college plans. The dialogue is snappy and the plotting is sharp, but initially the girls aren't differentiated well. Though they are of different races, this seems like an afterthought. Fortunately, the girls' personalities come into sharper focus as the book continues. A curve-ball twist adds to the considerable fun. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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