REVIEW: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
"Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn't exist"
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.
The Problem with Forever was a problem for my heart, my soul and my tear ducts! “I'm scared of everything,” I admitted, Voice hushed. “Everything. My biggest fear is forever that I'll be like this forever.” Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of those authors where it's not necessary to read the blurb before you buy the book. The first reason is her blurbs never give anything away and the book is always so much more then you ever thought it would be. The second is that the every book that she writes in incredible. JLA is without a doubt my absolute favourite author, every word she writes touches my soul. Most of my favourite books are JLA Books. The Problem with Forever was no different. It was heart wrenching, poignant and incredible. JLA has this incredible way of dragging you right into the story and making you feel everything alongside her characters. I felt Mallory's anxiety and nervousness. I felt Mallory's pain and confusion. I felt everything. So many parts of this beautiful story brought me to tears. Mallory and Rider have had a pretty horrendous childhood. They've dealt with things that no child or person should have to deal with at all and seeing them come out of the situation and having been affected in different ways was interesting. It shows you the different effects that the same actions can have on different people. Mallory has spent the last few years with amazing adoptive parents and being home schooled in a safe environment. But she feels trapped and like she isn't really moving forward so she decides to attend a Public High School where her present crashes directly into her past. I loved watching the relationship between Mallory and Rider grow. It was adorable and so honest. What I loved more was watching Mallory grow into herself. Watching her accomplish tasks that to us would be mundane made me proud of her. Watching her grow I think was an eye opener, it put so many of the things that give me anxiety into perspective. I love a story that makes you do that, a story that affects you so deeply that you change parts of your life because of the what it means to you. There were so many amazing and important parts of this book that I could mention but I feel like the best way to experience this book is too go in blind. All you need to know is this book is incredible and important. In a world with so much hurt and pain its refreshing to read a story where someone comes out of that hurt and pain and makes a life for themselves.
Meet The Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.