The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 17,2016
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: This is my first JLA book & I know it won’t be my last!
This was such a deep and character driven story!
From the summary I found it very similar to Abbi Glines’s Until Friday Night b/c both feat. MC’s who don’t speak due to traumatic experiences + other similar elements, so I was worried it would be very similar!
I’m happy to say it was completely different & I may have even loved this novel a lot more!
after 4 yrs. she is still recovering & thinks its time to enter public school!She figures out one of her dear childhood friend from foster care Rider attends the same school & the story picks up from there!
She along w/ Rider develop so much throughout this story! They learn not only to find strength in themselves but each other too!
She learns to overcome her anxiety and find her voice again (by making new friends + taking risks like taking a speech class, gong out with friends etc.)
Throughout this whole book I felt I was right there with her & saw how much she grew with each page!
From the summary I knew there would be romance and it was done so well!! Rider +Mallory reconnect and it was great to see their relationship develop but more importantly their friendship!
It was clear to see their relationship from the past drastically changed in the present but seeing how much they helped each other made it such a beautiful relationship!
Rider was such a complete & well developed character who had his own anxieties +fears and overcame them!
+ the relationship between Mallory and her adopted parents also showed how much she grew and found her voice throughout this journey! B/c Mallory was finding independence, it was clear to see their protectiveness over her+ her future was all in their best interests to keep her safe after what she went through!!
This book was wonderful! all the characters felt so real and really developed over the course of this story!
Reading from Mallory’s POV while at times was heartbreaking was overall inspiring & hopeful!
Even without coming from a past like Mallory’s I could still relate to her anxieties/fears of the future + friendships, school, etc as anyone would!
The pacing is quite slow, but this novel is full of such complex characters/development, underlying messages of independence + finding your voice & filled with deep and heart breaking moments that keep you reading!!
This book is truly unforgettable & will keep you wanting more from these characters after the last page!