The Problem With Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
My Thoughts: I’m a big fan of Armentrout so when I get the chance to read her books, I jump right on it! And I love contemps so I knew this one would be pretty good.
We are introduced to Mallory who has lived with her parents for a while now. Her adoptive parents. See, Mallory used to be in another foster home, a not so good foster home. Also in that foster home was a boy named Rider. Until one night something awful happened and she was removed from the home.
I felt so bad for Mallory. She’s really been through so much. Even with getting adopted her scars run really deep. Mallory wants to be ordinary. She wants to fit in. She wants normal people experiences. So, her solution is to enroll in public school.
Mallory actually ends up at the same school as Rider!! This was such a coincidence but I loved it. The moment she lays eyes on him it brings up so many memories, both good and bad. But Mallory sees this as the opportunity she needs. And Rider has a girlfriend so spending time with him should be easy as friends. Well, Mallory has a hard time controlling her feelings.
I loved the side characters. So many of them and so much happens. Part of the book did actually make me cry. I kind of saw it coming but it was so heartbreaking I had a little bit of trouble going on. It was hard. But those are the best kinds of books.
Overall: I loved both Mallory and Rider. I loved them for their flaws even. Neither one is perfect and they have their own way of dealing with things. I loved this world. I loved seeing into both of their worlds and how their past life affected them. This one was done nicely. I haven’t read much about foster families so this was a good experience for me. I really enjoyed seeing that things can turn out okay in the long run on some things. I really really enjoyed this one!
Cover: I love it! It’s so cute even though it’s simple. I love the colors even.
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