Title: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance
Published: 17th of May 2016 by Harlequin Teen
Reading Status: April 13-April 19, 2017
WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the book yet.
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 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.
Dusty, empty shoe boxes, stacked taller and wider than her slim body, wobbled as she pressed her back against them, tucking her bony knee into her chest.
First things first. I might be a little late for reading this book, but still, I want to make a review because I fell in love with it. My first impression upon reading the title was “cheesy and lousy” because why not? This is the first (ever) book of Jennifer L. Armentrout that I’ve read. So I guess, my first impression never lasts (sometimes) and I was so so wrong for judging the title (sorry Jennifer, FORGIVE ME).
This book made me think about the profound and deep meanings of life and how it differs from one another. At first, I was easily attached to Mallory. Not that I have the same painful past but because I related myself with her. I was the same “mouse” when I was a kid because I was bullied a lot during Grade One. But as time goes by, I have learned to dealt with it and moved on. I love her transformation until the end. Who wouldn’t? We all know that dealing with that kind of past is hard and it may drag you down for the rest of your life. But she did it! And I admit, I get butterflies in my tummy too whenever Rider tell sweet things to Mallory. I just feel like he was directly talking to me! Hahaha.
I love Ainsley and Jayden’s personality in here because I can really feel the free-spirited vibes from them. I also love the strictness of Carl because he reminded me of my papa when I was a teenager. He was also like Carl who was very protective when it comes to guys around me. I just wished my mama was like Rosa who was very understanding but of course, I love my mama so much.
What I’ve learned from Paige was that people cope up with their fears and painful experiences differently. We should learn to face and deal with it.
Lastly, I just hope that there will be a novella for Hector and Ainsley because I’m sure I will love that!
- “Anxiety circled like a viper waiting to attack with its crippling venom.”
- “Knowing he was okay meant I could officially close that chapter of my life.”
- “Frustration bloomed inside me, because I knew I could talk, but every time there was the perfect moment for me to speak up, I got too caught up in overthinking what I could say.”
- “Words were not the enemy or the monster under my bed, but they held such power over me. They were like the ghost of a loved one, forever haunting me.”
- “Today was a freaking success. Go me.”
- “I didn’t give anyone the satisfaction of my attention.”
- “You never really know someone, not even family sometimes. People show you what they want you to see. You have to remember that.”
- “People can say crap. They can think whatever they want, but you control how you feel about it.”
- “Have you noticed that when you feel strongly about something, you don’t take pauses?”
- “There were things I liked, things that had caught my attention over the years, but for the most part, I was empty.”
- “I know you deserve better, but I want to be better. I want to be that for you.”
- “…not lasted forever, but some things, some scars, ran too deep to ever fade away.”
- “Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it didn’t really exist.”
- “I want to be the guy worthy of your love, and I swear, if you’ll have me, I’ll do everything in my power to be that man. I’ll never stop trying. Ever.”
- “My past was a part of me and it molded who I was today, but it was not the sum of who I was to become. It did not control me.”
JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. You can visit her online at www.jenniferlarmentrout.com.