TITLE: The Problem with Forever
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
GENRES: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: May 17th 2016
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Audio
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.
WHAT I THINK
Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.
I read this as an audiobook but I’d really like the physical book. I loved The Problem with Forever! I can definitely see why some didn’t like this at all, being annoying and cringeworthy etc. But I loved this. This definitely has some hard subjects: shooting, drugs, abuse but this also has many great things: reunion, love, friendship, healing!
I liked all the characters, especially Jayden (I have no idea how it’s really spelled..). Even though he didn’t appear that much in the book but really made his way into my heart. There were times when Mallory and Rider were annoying the living out of me but thinking of everything the other way, they had their reasons for their actions.
Mallory and Rider both grew up throughout the story and in the end they both had changed. They both went into themselves and put some thought into what they are gonna do in the future, what they want to be and who they want to be with.
From there we get to the romance. Even though it was predictable that the romance would happen, I liked the way it developed. It wasn’t anything that happened in the same second they laid their eyes on each others at Mallory’s first day at school. The romance developed through the whole story and I can see it developing even after the book (if that makes any sense). I loved to hear how their relationship changed them both as a person, how they both stepped out of their comfort zones just to make themselves worthy for the other one.
I really loved this book and I’m sure this story and these characters will be sticking with me for quite some time. It threw me from emotion to emotion: at one second I was squealing (literally, people were staring me :D) from happiness and the exact next second I was already crying for someone’s death. But as one minus point, I would have loved to hear more about the other characters! Now it just felt that some of them could have been left out from the whole book, they just didn’t seem necessary to the story with their random sudden appearances.
There is a lot of curling lips and smirks but it wasn’t that annoying or overwhelming and looking past all that, it’s one amazing book.