Book: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date Published: May 17th, 2016
Date Started: October 25th, 2016
Date Finished: November 3rd, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: N/A
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 the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces 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.
I’ve never read a Jennifer Armentrout book before and I didn’t know where to start. I own a few of her books, but in the end, I decided to start with her newest book, The Problem with Forever. I may have also chose the book because of the cover. Its really pretty.
The thing I love about contemporaries is the fact that they just suck me in. This book was no exception. I found myself staying up until almost 3 am just to finish this book. At almost 500 pages, I was wondering if I was going to read this at the same speed I usually do with other contemporaries. But honestly, I’m glad for the longer length. The story was able to explore the different layers of the events surrounding Mallory and Rider.
The characters and their story.
I really liked the characters in this book. You can see Mallory’s development in little details like the way she interacts with people, and even the way she talks. I kept noticing these developments, and it really amazed me. Even the way that her family dynamics played out. I think the thing I learned the most from this book is that even if you get out of a bad situation, there is still so much work to be done in the aftermath. It was also interesting to see how Mallory and Rider had changed and yet remained the same since the last time they saw each other years ago. I like stories where not everything is effortless between two people. Stories that show that relationships, whether platonic or romance, require work from both people.
This is a book that deals with a lot of heavy topics likes abuse, ptsd, etc. and might require a trigger warning. I felt like the book explained these topics well in this book, but its always good to remember that if you haven’t experienced these things, you can’t truly know if it is a good representation. With that being said, this book is an emotionally heavy book. Its one of those stories that makes you cry one minute, and cheering at the little victories for all of the characters.
I think after reading this book, I’m definitely more interested in reading more of JLA’s books. I have a few of them already, but I never know where to start! If you have any recs for me in terms of JLA books or even books by similar authors, please comment below and let me know!