The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Page Count: 474
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 17th 2016
Rating: 4.5 hearts out of 5
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 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.
Thoughts and Review:
My second time reading this book went just as well as the first. I loved so many things about The Problem with Forever, including its beautiful cover. I have never read any of Armentrout’s books before, but I would definitely consider checking out more of her work (if they were YA contemporaries) because this book just left such a good impression on me.
The Problem with Forever touched on a number of meaningful and “dark” subjects. Mallory, the teenage protagonist, lives a tough life. It may not seem like it on the outside as she has a beautiful home with two loving parents, whom I should mention are both doctors, but some things are not always what they seem. Due to her past, Mallory-also known as Mouse-has a difficult time using her voice. It’s not like she’s mute, it’s just that talking is a bit out of her comfort zone. Besides that fact though, this book is so much more than just your average teenage love story.
One extremely high point in this novel was the cast and their character development. Mallory was an all around sweet and easy to like person, but there were also many supporting roles that I just couldn’t get enough of. From Ainsley-her best friend-as well as Rider’s brothers from another mother-Hector and Jayden. They all added their own unique touch to the novel and if anything, I wish there was a spin off for one or two of them because they’re just that lovable.
There were also a numerous amount of cute moments, which I was a totally head over heels for. Rider and Mallory hadn’t seen each other in years so reading about their reunion was very heartwarming. The connection Mallory had with her adoptive parents was also quite admirable, especially towards the end.
Like I mentioned earlier, the story line for this novel dealt with more than just love and romance. There were some harsher topics such as child abuse, violence, drugs, etc. Now not everyone will be able to personally connect to those things but many could probably find other factors in this book to be relatable. As teenagers, both Mallory and Rider had general issues to worry about, like college for example.
Overall, the writing had an easy flow and the book was just a masterpiece. I read through all four hundred seventy-four pages and would gladly do it again in the future. I would highly recommend this novel to those of you who enjoy YA contemporaries but want a little less fluff and more of a touching read.
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