Review of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Review: As soon as I saw this at the book store, there was nothing that was going to stop me from buying it.

I could not read this book fast enough. Normally I anything from Jennifer L. Armentrout within hours of getting my hands on it. But because of the characters and plot of this book, I went slower. Not that it or anything was bad but because I wanted to grasp everything this book was telling me and treat it carefully.

Compared to other novels that Armentrout has written, this book did not make the top of the list. Maybe middle-ish. I really did like it, the plot, the characters, the deeper meanings of it all. But the book did not consume me as others by her have and continue to do.

Though the biggest thing to me about this book, was that the characters were flawed. And I mean FLAWED. I’m not saying that the struggles they went through (abuse), and are struggling to deal/and work with means that they or anyone in the world with the same struggles are flawed. But I’m just saying they are not your typical perfect characters or even perfect imperfect characters that are in most books these days. So in other words these characters are flawed in a way that makes them raw and real. That to me was the biggest drawl into the book.

480 pages. Hardback.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction. Mature Themes.

Published by Harlequin Teen.

Summary: 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.

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