Welcome to my stop on the review tour for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s latest, The Problem with Forever! I am so excited to be part of this tour and, of course, am thrilled I got an early look at this book. It was a different type of JLA YA and I loved it! I hope this one’s on your radar.
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eARC, 480 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.
For some people, silence is a weapon.
For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.
Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
In The Problem with Forever, Jen proves exactly why I consider her an “auto-buy” author. This book was pretty much made of feels and it wrecked me in the best possible way. It also put me back together when it was all said and done, so don’t think it’s bleak or anything. It’s a beautiful book with a hopeful message and I know I won’t forget these characters and how it all made me feel anytime soon. Mallory, Rider and the rest of the crew here latched on tight.
I’m not going to get down into the weeds with the plot lines in this book. I’d hate myself if I spoiled anything for you. As you’ve read in the synopsis, it all begins when Mallory starts attending a new school and Rider, the person who saved her during some tough times in a foster home, is a student there. They reconnect, but it’s messy. He has a girlfriend and is struggling to be a better him. It’s easy to get sucked into a lifestyle he didn’t want to be part of. Mallory is fighting her own demons – mainly her nearly-constant fight to even speak. Her former foster family had beaten her down so badly that she has a tough time putting herself out there, but she wants to. Rider is one person she can be herself with and, because he reenters her life, she begins to heal and grow a little. The same can be said for him thanks to her. I loved how these two leaned on each other and how things grew between them as they each tackled their demons – both past and present – and they discovered who they really were.
I can’t even pinpoint my favorite thing about this book. If I had to, it’s a toss up between the connection Mallory and Rider share and the growth each character undergoes over the course of the book. Both were so honest and real that I can’t stop thinking about it. (Mother of all book hangovers right here, as you might expect.) The Problem with Forever is a totally different kind of YA from Jen and it’s easily my new favorite. I love when I find really, really good YA contemporary and this one is definitely a new favorite.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I liked Rider, really liked him, in a way that was so different than when we were kids. It was like being twelve all over again, but the crush this time around was much more powerful. And I knew it wasn’t right to have those feelings. He had a girlfriend and no matter how much I liked him, that wouldn’t change. I was okay with that. I had to be. What I was beginning to realize I felt for him belonged only to me.
“Couldn’t help myself. Your cheek looked like it was missing my kiss.”
I’d learned early on that the good kind of forever was, well, it was a lie. That kind of forever literally and figuratively ended in flames, because no matter how tightly you tried to hold on, that kind of forever slipped between the fingers.
I couldn’t put my finger on the exact moment that I’d become a different Mallory. Maybe because it wasn’t just one moment but more of a combination of hundreds, even thousands of them.
Rider and I were a lot like the little boy and the rabbit who wanted to be real. Both of us spent so long relying on only each other. We’d been tossed aside, unwanted. And we wanted nothing more than to be cherished, treasured and loved. We wanted to feel real. Both of us were afraid of the opposite. To some the opposite was death but to me—to us—it was being stuck forever. Never changing. Never seeing ourselves or others around us differently.
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