Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
ATTENTION: There are no spoilers in this review.
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.
(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)
I’m going to start off by saying I had really high hopes for this book because I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other works, namely the Lux series. That being said, I was sort of disappointed.
Was this book awful? No. It was decent. It just didn’t have the wow-factor that the Lux series had. It was like your average YA contemporary romance. It was super easy to read, though. I finished it quickly, which is uncalled for because I read super slowly. On average, I take about two weeks on a book. This one took me only two days.
I guess why I didn’t like this book that much is because I didn’t care much about the characters. Because The Problem with Forever didn’t stand out to me, I didn’t care for it. (I know that sounds harsh, but if a book doesn’t have a unique factor to it, I’m most likely not going to remember it.)
On the other hand, it was a good story. I enjoyed it. It’s one of those lighter, slightly fluffy with a hint of a dark past kind of contemporary. If you are in the mood for one of those, I would recommend this book.
Overall, the book was okay. The story was okay. The characters were fine. It just isn’t enough for me to say that I loved it.
Mallory “Mouse” Dodge
I actually don’t have much to say about Mallory.
He’s your typical bad boy with a good heart who takes care of everyone.
What. Is. Her. Problem? She reminds me a bit of Regina George from Mean Girls.
He’s one of my favorite characters. He doesn’t judge anyone and is kind despite the crappy situations he gets himself in.
I give this book 3.5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. I was expecting a little bit more (because I loved the Lux series by the same author), but it was still good.
Until next time….